Religious Liberty

Day of Prayer for Iraq on Sunday, August 17

Pope Francis has appealed to the Church throughout the world to join in prayerful solidarity for the Holy Spirit to send the gift of peace to Iraq. The Iraqi people have been subject to horrific violence in recent months and Christians in Iraq have been mercilessly persecuted.  
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Catholic Iraq

Iraq: CRS, Caritas Reach Displaced Families

Escalating violence in northern and central Iraq has caused devastation and mass displacement of 1.2 million people since January. Fear looms as the Islamic State of Iraq and greater Syria (ISIS) has taken control of large swaths of the Ninewa, Salah Al-Din and Diyala provinces. Relig
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PCC Supports Inclusion Act

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference supports H.R. 5285, the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014, also called The Inclusion Act. At the heart of The Inclusion Act is this simple question: should our government be limiting the number of agencies working on behalf of children i
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‘Unprecedented And Extreme’ Executive Order

The bishop-Chairmen of two USCCB Committees responded with great concern to President Obama’s July 21 executive order to prohibit federal government contractors from what the Administration deems “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” discrimination and to forbid “gender identity”
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UPDATED Oppose S. 2578’s Unprecedented Attack on Conscience, Religious Freedom

Update: On July 16 the U.S. Senate voted against considering S. 2578, a bill empowering the federal government to override the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and other federal conscience laws when it mandates including any “item or service” in health plans. On June 30,
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U.S. Supreme Court Makes Favorable Religious Liberty Decision

Pennsylvania Catholic Conference Encouraged by Favorable U.S. Supreme Court Religious Liberty Decision “[R]eason recognizes that religious freedom is a fundamental right of man, reflecting his highest dignity, that of seeking the truth and adhering to it, and recognizing it as an indi
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*UPDATE* Archbishop Chaput’s Statement on Denial of Relief Against HHS Mandate

Update from Catholicphilly.com- “The archdiocese immediately appealed the decision on Thursday, and by Friday afternoon the Third Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay of Buckwalter’s ruling, meaning the penalties for not complying with the regulations would not be assessed be
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Cardinal O’Malley Welcomes Supreme Court Decision Affirming Freedom of Speech for Pro-Life Americans

From the USCCB WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court upheld freedom of speech for pro-life Americans in a June 26 decision in the case of McCullen v. Coakley. The Court unanimously declared unconstitutional a Massachusetts law barring pro-life advocates from public sidewalks near abortion
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Gainer, Catholic, Harrisburg

Bishop Gainer: Government policies are endangering religious liberty

  Bishop Gainger’s Op-Ed Originally appeared in the Lancaster Sunday News The Lancaster County countryside tells a remarkable story of religious liberty. The landscape is still dotted with evidence of the brave men and women who risked everything to escape religious persecu
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