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Ask House Leadership: No Vote on Anti-Refugee Bill

In mid-March, the House Judiciary Committee approved H.R. 4731, legislation that would roll back protections for refugees seeking admission to the United States, as well as for refugees who have already been admitted to the country. As the House Leadership contemplates whether to brin
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PA Primaries: 2016 Election Resources

Update: Click here to see the results of the Primary Election. In our commitment to follow Jesus Christ we must do more than just show up for Mass on Sunday morning, we must bear Christian witness in all we do – in our homes, in our work and recreation, in our interaction with the wor
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Bill Could Shutter Catholic Schools, Parishes, and Ministries

This letter to the editor first appeared at www.pennlive.com  The Catholic Church has learned hard lessons regarding child sexual abuse and has taken responsibility for the abuse that has occurred within its ranks. The dioceses across Pennsylvania have implemented changes that offer a
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Tell Reps: Support Fetal Pain Dismemberment Abortion Ban

One Pennsylvania nurse told her legislator, “As a NICU [neonatal intensive care unit] nurse I can attest these babies do feel pain. This practice of abortion or any abortion is cruel, for the infant and mother. Please vote to ban this practice.  The mothers and infants of Pennsylvania
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Lawmaker Explains How Medical Technology Demands Action to Save Lives

Click here to send a message in support of pro-life House Bill 1948.  
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Justice Out of Balance

UPDATE: On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill 1947, a proposal to remove the criminal statute of limitations (SoL) for childhood sexual abuse and raise the civil SoL from age 30 to 50 moving forward.  It also retroactively extends the
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PCHA President Recognized as Healthcare Hero

On March 30, PA Catholic Health Association President Sr. Clare Christi Schiefer, O.S.F., was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by Central Penn Parent. During the award presentation, Sr. Clare’s contributions to health care, first as a nurse and later as a public policy advocate, w
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North Korea, China and…Pennsylvania?

“Safe, Legal and Rare” is a common refrain of abortion supporters. However, a legal late-term procedure known as “dismemberment abortion” carries significant risk to the health of the mother and requires the baby’s limbs to be torn from his or her body. This results in an increased ri
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A Commitment to Healing & Promise to Protect

The Catholic community received the grand jury report about past sexual abuse in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown with shock and anger. We pray that the Catholic Church’s painful past will contribute to a better understanding of sexual abuse in all sectors of society. We must always e
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