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PCC Release on Passage of SB 637 on Professional Licensing For Ex-Offenders

PCC APPLAUDS PASSING OF LEGISLATION TO GIVE EX-INMATES A SECOND CHANCE HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC) applauds both the PA House and Senate for this afternoon’s passage of SB 637–sponsored by state Sen. John DiSanto (R-Dauphin, Perry)–which wi
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PCC Supports Bill to Give Offenders Second Chance

The PCC supports Senate Bill 637 by Sen. John DiSanto, which removes employment barriers for certain residents who are convicted of crimes unrelated to their intended profession. We believe this type of legislation helps people turn their lives around. As it stands now, our laws deny
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Bishop Bambera Offers Reflections on the Death of George Floyd, Friday June 5th

A lesson on walking together as brothers and sisters:   Reflections on the death of George Floyd June 5, 2020 In the immediate days following the brutal killing of George Floyd, the world reacted with horror to the images of his struggle to breathe and to hold on to life. Countless nu
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Bishop Persico of Erie on the Evil of Racism

Pentecost statement on racism from Bishop Lawrence Persico On this Pentecost Sunday, we pray that the Holy Spirit enlighten the hearts and minds of all people to see that racism in all forms is an evil. We should not be surprised by the riots that have taken place across the country,
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Statement of the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great on the Death of George Floyd

Sr. Dorothy Ann Busowski, OSBM Provincial Superior The Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great express deep sorrow and regret at the needless death of George Floyd. This occasion demands prayer, reflection, and urgent attention to the present moment. In a spirit of mourning we add
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Bishop Schlert of Allentown Offers Guidance During Unrest

In his Homily on Pentecost, Bishop Alfred Schlert spoke of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how they should guide us, and should guide our country, during these difficult times. Here are excerpts from that Homily: “If Jesus is the body of our Church, the Holy Spirit can be said to be
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Bishop Malesic of Greensburg On the Death of George Floyd

Statement from Bishop Edward C. Malesic on death of George Floyd Like most people, I too was shocked and saddened by the brutal treatment and death of Mr. George Floyd and join the call for an end to racism. On this Feast of Pentecost, we hear Jesus tell his disciples, “Peace be with
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Bishop Zubik of Pittsburgh Urges Calm Across the Nation

Statement from Bishop David Zubek of the Pittsburgh Diocese “Watching a peaceful protest against racial injustice break down into violence in Pittsburgh, I am sending out an urgent call for calm as we work for justice. I ask all believers to pray and act for peace, unity and tha
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Archbishop Nelson J. Perez Offers Thoughts on Recent Violence

STATEMENT OF MOST REVEREND NELSON J. PÉREZ REGARDING THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD The hearts of Americans across the country are joined together in collective mourning following the tragic, disturbing, and unnecessary death of George Floyd. In the name of the people of the Archdiocese of
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