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Headed off to College? Don’t Leave Your Faith at Home.

New laptop or tablet? Check. Bedding and toiletries? Check. New clothes and shoes? Check. Your Catholic faith? … Thousands of families across the Commonwealth are packing up their college freshmen and taking them to school for the first time. Will these students continue to live out t
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Meet Unmet Demand for Pre-School Assistance

Children benefit greatly from programs that develop learning skills before they reach kindergarten age. Most children in Pennsylvania now receive their pre-kindergarten education in successful nonpublic programs. Some of those children’s families are helped to some extent by the
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Archbishop Chaput: There is no equivalence

On August 10, 2015, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. CAP. explained why other moral issues are not equivalent to abortion in his column on CatholicPhilly.com. Here is an excerpt: Here’s a simple exercise in basic reasoning. On a spectrum of bad things to do, theft is
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Reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

UPDATE: On July 16, 2015, the U.S. Senate approved the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177) with a vote of 81 to 17. Similar to HR 5 which recently passed in the House, the Senate measure reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act.
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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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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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Martha & Mary House: Providing Shelter in Cambria County

“There is no place like home.” This common phrase, made famous by the Wizard of Oz, reminds us just how truly special home is. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown established the Martha & Mary House earlier this year for men, women, families and handicapped indi
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