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Religious Liberty

Catholic Social Services Salute Our Veterans

As Pennsylvanians prepare for the picnics and fireworks displays of the Fourth of July, our thoughts often turn to the veterans who have defended our country throughout the years. Civilians may not be fully aware of the struggles that veterans face after their tour of duty.  According
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PA Bishops, Dioceses React to Supreme Court Decision

The July 26 Supreme Court decision  interpreted the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage.” Here is a reaction from around the state: Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said, “The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision on marriage
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USCCB: Supreme Court Decision on Marriage “A Tragic Error”

FROM THE USCCB—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ke
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Pennsylvania Catholics React to Laudato Si’

Laudato Si’, the encyclical letter of Pope Francis on care for all of God’s creation, was released today. It can be read in its entirety here. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM CAP., of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia wrote, “Laudato Si speaks eloquently of inter-generatio
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Freedom to Bear Witness

During this year’s Corpus Christi procession, Pope Francis asked us to remember “our many brothers and sisters who do not have the freedom to express their faith in the Lord Jesus.” About 100 million Christians are persecuted each year around the world. “Let us be un
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Protect International Religious Freedom by Passing H.R. 1150

Pope Francis has expressed increasing concern for the suffering of many Christians and others who are persecuted around the world simply because of their faith. The brutality inflicted on religious minorities has reached staggering proportions, causing them to flee the violence in pla
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Pentecost and the nature of speaking the truth

By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M, CAP.  In Christian thought, justice is one of the cardinal (or “hinge”) virtues. Mercy — also a virtue — is a fruit of the great theological virtue, charity. Together, mercy and justice should guide a mature Christian’s actions, choices and word
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Judicial & Local Elections Just Days Away!

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Pennsylvanians will elect candidates to represent their political parties in contests for mayor, city council, county commissioner, township supervisor, school board, and many other municipal positions. We will also vote for judicial candidates: Justice of th
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The World Meeting of Families Coming to Philadelphia

People from around the world will gather in Philadelphia this September for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States. More than a million and a half people are expected to participate in a week of activities, including Mass celebrated by the Pop
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