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State Must Do More to Help Keep People Warm, Safer through Winter

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale audited two programs designed to keep low-income Pennsylvanians warm and safer through winter. He found that the state failed to spend $5.4 million of federal funding that potentially could have helped 527 families. The Department of Community a
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Statement on Joint State Government Commission Report on Capital Punishment

Just three people have been executed in the past 56 years in Pennsylvania, yet more than 466 death warrants have been signed since 1985.Currently there are 150 inmates on death row. In 2012, the Joint State Government Commission was asked to study the practice and process of capital p
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General Assembly Joins Forces to Fight Hunger

One out of every eight Pennsylvanians struggle with hunger, and sadly, nearly 500,000 children are included in that statistic. The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference is proud to support the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s initiative to combat hunger and food insecurity across the state.
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Bishop Alfred Schlert has Issued a Statement on Immigration

Bishop Alfred Schlert of the Diocese of Allentown has released the following statement calling for our nation’s leaders to treat all people with compassion and respect they deserve as human beings while dealing with the immigration crisis: “Reasonable people may disagree o
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Lawmakers Gather to Support a Better Life for Human Trafficking Victims

A group of lawmakers are rallying for a change that will lead to a better life for human trafficking victims. Senator Stewart Greenleaf (R – Bucks, Montgomery) spearheaded the call to action for the House of Representatives to pass his legislation, Senate Bill 554 which would pr
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When adoption agencies can turn away gay prospective parents, what happens to the kids?

Religious News Service reporter Bobby Ross, Jr. recently asked this question, “When adoption agencies can turn away gay prospective parents, what happens to the kids?” With conflicts between religious based adoption and foster care agencies and government non-discrimination regulation
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Catholic Hospital, Recovery Program Featured at Opioid Town Hall Forum

The opioid epidemic has reached every corner of Pennsylvania and it continues to plague every city, every town and every walk of life. State and local officials, members of the local community and those on the frontlines of fighting back against the epidemic gathered in Cumberland Cou
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“Feed the Hungry”: Hunger Garden Planted at State Capitol

In an effort to serve those in need and to raise awareness of the problem of food insecurity in the state, lawmakers recently marked the ninth season opening of the Capitol Hunger Garden. Located on the state Capitol grounds between the Main Capitol Building and the Ryan Office Buildi
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Executive Changes at the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference

There will be a shift at the helm of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference beginning June 1, 2018. Eric A. Failing, PCC’s current social concerns director, will assume the role upon the retirement of Robert J. O’Hara, Jr. after his 21 years as executive director. Prior to joining the P
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