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Labor Day Statement 2016

This Labor Day, we draw our attention to our sisters and brothers who face twin crises—deep trials in both the world of work and the state of the family. These challenging times can pull us toward despair and all the many dangers that come with it. Into this reality, the Church shares
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PA Teens Spend Summer Serving Others

Catholic service opportunities
Each summer, hundreds of Pennsylvania Catholic teens volunteer a portion of their summer to restoring homes, distributing food and spending time with those in need. Teens gather from the Commonwealth and beyond to dedicate their time to service and prayer at Catholic HEART Workcamp (C
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Pennsylvanians Participate in World Youth Day

Pilgrims all over the world are arriving for the highly anticipated World Youth Day 2016 (WYD) in Kraków, Poland.  Pope Francis will gather with young people from every corner of the world in Pope Saint John Paul II’s home country to celebrate their faith, all while concentrating on t
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Education Should Never Be Left to Chance

On a cloudy day in May, hundreds of students and parents gathered on the Capitol steps in Harrisburg to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. Attendees heard the story of a student who found stability and safety in the school of their
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Spokeswoman Laments Court Decision Rejecting Abortion Clinic Safety

On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-3 ruling in the abortion facility medical standards case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Deirdre McQuade, assistant director for pro-life communications at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life
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Pro Life Bill Passes House

House Bill 1948 updates Pennsylvania’s laws to be in line with the will of most Americans as well as medical advancements that reveal the baby’s ability to feel pain and live outside the womb. And it passed the House by a vote of 132 to 65. Send a “thank you” message
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Bringing the Safe Haven Program to Light

Every new parent has felt overwhelmed. But some new parents, like those suffering from mental illness or domestic abuse, despair to the point of abandoning their child. To them, this may seem like the only choice.  Unfortunately, many do not know about Safe Haven program, designed to
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Statement on Judiciary Committee Hearing for HB 1947

The Senate Judiciary Committee today was scheduled to hear from several witnesses on whether House Bill 1947 violates Pennsylvania’s Constitution, which prohibits the General Assembly from retroactively altering statutes of limitations to revive causes of action that have expired. “I
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HB 1947 Treats Churches, Other Private Institutions Differently

As the understanding around the particulars of House Bill 1947 grows, many have questioned the disparate treatment of public entities (like public schools and government) and non-profit or private entities (like Catholic parishes and schools). Simply put, there remains in the bill ine
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