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Religious Liberty

Updated Legislative Review

Every two-year legislative session, thousands of bills are introduced.  Many of these proposals are of import to Catholics, as they impact programs for the needy, access to health care, respect for human life, education and more. Click here to see an updated list of legislation suppor
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26 Organizations Urge Passage of Conscience Protection Act

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) joined twenty-five other major pro-life, religious, and health care organizations on April 19 urging the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (H.R. 4828). Signatories include ten medical groups repr
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American Religious History Week Designated

A resolution designating the week of May 2-8 as American Religious History Week has passed. The resolution recognizes the overwhelmingly positive impact of religious beliefs on America’s history. House Resolution 774   states, in part, “Be it further resolved that the Hous
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PA Primaries: 2016 Election Resources

Update: Click here to see the results of the Primary Election. In our commitment to follow Jesus Christ we must do more than just show up for Mass on Sunday morning, we must bear Christian witness in all we do – in our homes, in our work and recreation, in our interaction with the wor
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Lawmaker Explains How Medical Technology Demands Action to Save Lives

Click here to send a message in support of pro-life House Bill 1948.  
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A Commitment to Healing & Promise to Protect

The Catholic community received the grand jury report about past sexual abuse in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown with shock and anger. We pray that the Catholic Church’s painful past will contribute to a better understanding of sexual abuse in all sectors of society. We must always e
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Catholic Hospital Featured on PCN

Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, PA, was featured on the Pennsylvania Cable Network’s PCN Tours program. The television show featured Sister Romaine Niemeyer, SCC, FACHE, Holy Spirit Hospital’s Chief Administrative Officer, as well as several cardiologists from the Orten
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Oral Arguments in HHS Mandate on March 23

On March 23, oral arguments will be heard in HHS Mandate cases before the Supreme Court.  As appellants in these cases, the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Diocese of Erie have both asked for prayers for religious liberty, especially on March 23, when the bishops of both diocese will tr
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For Catholic voters, state conferences play critical role

The state-level policy arm for bishops evaluates legislation, informs Catholic voters on local issues By Patti Maguire Armstrong, OSV Newsweekly Voting is a serious responsibility for Catholics. Yet deciphering all of the spin from the political candidates is no easy task — particular
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