Life and Dignity

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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Catholic Hospital Featured on PCN

Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, PA, was featured on the Pennsylvania Cable Network’s PCN Tours program. The television show featured Sister Romaine Niemeyer, SCC, FACHE, Holy Spirit Hospital’s Chief Administrative Officer, as well as several cardiologists from the Orten
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Oral Arguments in HHS Mandate on March 23

On March 23, oral arguments will be heard in HHS Mandate cases before the Supreme Court.  As appellants in these cases, the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Diocese of Erie have both asked for prayers for religious liberty, especially on March 23, when the bishops of both diocese will tr
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For Catholic voters, state conferences play critical role

The state-level policy arm for bishops evaluates legislation, informs Catholic voters on local issues By Patti Maguire Armstrong, OSV Newsweekly Voting is a serious responsibility for Catholics. Yet deciphering all of the spin from the political candidates is no easy task — particular
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Christians called to work to abolish death penalty

Pope Francis
From Vatican Radio: Pope Francis has said that “all Christians and people of good will are called today to work not only for the abolition of the death penalty,” but also to improve conditions in prisons, out of respect for the human dignity of prisoners. In particular, the Holy Fathe
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What Does the Church Teach about Life & Dignity?

This is part of a video series by the USCCB and Catholic Relief Services on Catholic Social Teaching. In this video, Cardinal Peter Turkson, Fr. James Martin, SJ, and Dr. Carolyn Woo, discuss Care for God’s Creation.
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Spread ‘A Vision of Life and Love’

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on everyone “concerned about the tragedy of abortion” to recommit to a “vision of life and love, a vision that excludes no one” on January 14. His statement marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision leg
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Make a Digital Pilgrimage for Life

When people hear the word “pilgrimage,” many think of far-off destinations, such as Lourdes, Fatima, or Santiago de Compostela. Today, in the digital era, we have the opportunity to make a pilgrimage without ever leaving our hometown. In fact, the U.S. Bishops are asking C
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