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PCC News Release on Passage of Bill to Amend Food Liability Act

PA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE APPLAUDS HOUSE PASSAGE OF BILL TO AMEND FOOD LIABILITY ACT HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference today thanked the PA House for passing House Bill 2477, which amends the Donated Food Liability Act. The bill will protect those who donate food from
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Harrisburg Diocese Hosts Forum on Criminal Justice Reform

The Mercy Matters Committee of the Diocese of Harrisburg hosted another forum this week on social issues, this time on criminal justice reform. Fr. Joshua Brommer and Dan Reisteter of St. Patrick’s Cathedral welcomed state lawmakers Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Beaver, Greene, Washington
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PA Rep. Bob Brooks Brings Wealth of Experience to PA House

  It was just a few hours before the state House would vote on a package of bills to combat human trafficking. A large group of representatives, most of them Republican, took to the steps of the lobby in the Ryan building at the Capitol to show their support for the legislation.
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PCC Thanks PA House Members for Passage of Human Trafficking Bills

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference today thanked members of the state House for their near-unanimous approval of a package of bills to address the problem of human trafficking. The pictures here are of a news conference that preceded the votes at the Capitol.  There was a huge turno
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A Portrait of Pennsylvania’s Poor | A series published by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference

Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you” (Matthew 26:11); but who are the poor? According to the U.S. Census, approximately 13 percent of Pennsylvanians live under the poverty line. This is a threshold determined by the Census Bureau to be the minimum income necessary for
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A History of Helping the Poor

The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed its 2018-2019 spending plan a full five days before the constitutional June 30 deadline. Part of this year’s $32.7 billion budget includes $12.5 billion for human services that help the poor – Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance P
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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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