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State budget stalemate – Viewpoint Summer 2009

Summer is coming to a close, but the Pennsylvania General Assembly still has unfinished business. Although constitutionally required to pass a balanced budget by June 30, lawmakers in Harrisburg are still deliberating over what programs to fund and how to pay for them.As a stop-gap me
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Putting ‘Caritas in Veritate’ into practice

Caritas in Veritate, Charity in Truth, is the recent encyclical from Pope Benedict XVI. It addresses the global economic crisis by discussing the moral aspects of economics, poverty, human rights and environmental responsibility.An encyclical is a letter from the Pope that serves as a
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The Pope’s new social networking website

In honor of World Communications Day on May 23, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI launched a new website linking users to the Vatican’s presence on popular social networks like Facebook and YouTube.  The new website is http://pope2you.net/index.php
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Pennsylvanians named to Bishops’ child & youth protection National Review Board

Mike Clark, a Pittsburgh TV news anchor, and Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., president of Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, have been named to the National Review Board for three-year terms beginning June 1. In addition, Stephen A. Zappala Jr., Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Count
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Crash Course in New Technology

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference Institute for Public Policy takes advantage of some exciting new Internet technology to maximize the usefulness and effectiveness of its website, pacatholic.org. This crash course in new technology will help online users get the most out of the web
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Catholic Charities radio interview

How is the troubled economy affecting our Catholic Charities? Listen to PCC Communications Director Amy Hill interview Mark Totaro, Executive Director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Harrisburg about how the demand for services are up while donations and government and other
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Click here to spread the Good News

Saint Paul used the tools of communication available to him at that time to spread the Gospel and change the world. As Catholics in the world today, we have remarkable new tools to communicate with others. Following Saint Paul's lead, we should take full advantage of these tools to i
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Strong Words

"Feed people dying of hunger, because if you do not feed them you are killing them." Strong words from our early Church fathers. They teach that we are bound to come to the aid of the poor and to do so not merely out of our superfluous goods.
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The Moral Obligation to Cover the Uninsured

Next time you go to Mass, look around you. Ask yourself, who among these churchgoers is uninsured? The young family with two squirming toddlers, the middle-aged empty nesters in the next pew, or the recent college graduate singing in the choir; are they covered? Nearly 90% of Pennsylv
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