Social Justice

Support House Bill 857: Children’s Insurance Extension

The Pennsylvania Catholic Health Association (PCHA) and the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC) support House Bill 857, which extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through December 31, 2017. PCHA and PCC have supported the CHIP program since its inception in 1992.
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Over 2 Million Background Checks

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Watch this video to learn more about how the Catholic Church is working to protect children.
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Parish Youth Groups Give Teens Opportunities to Explore Faith through Service

Church youth groups provide a safe place where teens can explore their faith, learn from each other and help the greater community. High school students at St. Gregory Byzantine Church in Upper St. Clair, a parish of the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh, come together each
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PA House Passes Resolution Condemning Global Persecution of Christians

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously passed House Resolution 182.  According to the United States Department of State, Christians are persecuted in over 60 countries.  It has been estimated that 100 million Christians are persecuted each year. The resolution res
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The World Meeting of Families: What you can do

The World Meeting of Families is just six months away. Archbishop Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia offered the following advice about what we can do to get involved in this historic and life-changing event:   First, World Meeting of Families is a very expensive event. Mu
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Senator Casey Stands Up for Life in Anti-Trafficking Bill Vote

Senator Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania) this week voted in favor of legislation to combat human trafficking despite strong opposition from many in the Democratic Party. The controversy centered on a fund to help trafficking victims using fines from people convicted of human trafficking off
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“What would we have done without it?”

“What would we have done without it?” That is the question one mother asked herself when speaking about the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC). After seeing her son thrive in the academically excellent and nurturing environment of her local Catholic school, this mom
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Pope Francis: We must not abandon the elderly

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday addressed members of the Pontifical Academy for Life, who are meeting in Rome for their General Assembly. In his remarks, the Holy Father spoke about the theme of the Assembly: “Assisting the elderly and palliative care.” Palliative care, he sa
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Catholic Parish Helps Immigrants of All Faiths in Berks County

“It’s important for a parish to recognize the needs of the community and respond to it. In the Reading area, there is a large immigrant community. I was hearing from people – Catholics and non-Catholics – who were looking for language classes to help them bette
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