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When did we see you? Poverty Awareness Month 2016

“With the present Jubilee of Mercy I want to invite the Church to pray and work so that every Christian will have a humble and compassionate heart, one capable of proclaiming and witnessing to mercy. It is my hope that all of us will learn to ‘forgive and give,’ to b
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Legislative Action on Adoption Bill

This week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill 162. The measure would require the Pennsylvania Department of Health to provide a summary of an adoptee’s birth record without the consent of the birth parents. It would release the names of the birth parents, even
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Urge Elected Officials to Stay at the Budget Negotiation Table

Key budget negotiations are underway. Pennsylvanians can encourage the General Assembly and Governor Wolf to negotiate and pass a budget. The organizations that do the important work of educating our children and serving Pennsylvanians who are vulnerable and at risk can wait no longer
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Reflecting on the Care for All of God’s Creation

In June, Pope Francis released the encyclical Laudato Si’, or Praised Be, inviting reflection on the care for all of God’s creation.   It is a long document that covers many topics, and some may be wondering how to bring the writings of Pope Francis into their everyday lives. To help
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PCC Executive Director Receives Defender of Life Award

Dr. Robert J. O’Hara, Jr., Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, was honored with the Defender of Life Award by the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia at their annual Stand Up for Life Dinner. Edel Finnegan, Executive Director of the Pro-Life Union of Greater
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State Budget Impasse: Pennsylvanians under Siege

A military operation in which enemy forces surround a town or building, cutting off essential supplies, with the aim of compelling the surrender of those inside is called a siege. With the state budget now five months overdue, thousands of Pennsylvania families with nothing to surrend
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Talking about Syrian Refugee Resettlement in the Wake of the Paris Attacks

The world was shocked by the terrorist attacks on citizens in Paris. In the wake of the news, there are many discussions about how to respond including whether or not we should permit Syrian refugees into the United States. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, along with Migration
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Eliminate Hunger: Improve the Economy

Eliminating hunger is good for the economy, according to a recent study. The analysts of The Perryman Group studied the economic cost of hunger and found that: “In addition to enormous human costs, hunger imposes severe costs on the economy. Not having sufficient food leads to a numbe
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Use Tax Dollars for Life Not Death

Videos of Planned Parenthood officials callously speaking about the harvesting and apparent sale of unborn babies’ body parts have been viewed by millions. But how can Planned Parenthood be involved in the possibly illegal selling of human body parts? One Planned Parenthood offi
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