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Homeless Family Gains a New Beginning through Catholic Social Services

One evening, David Pennay took a bad step and fell down the stairs at home. The next day, he felt a stab of excruciating pain, his legs went numb and he fell to the floor. Doctors told him a blood clot from the fall put pressure on his spinal cord and damaged vertebrae. “I don’t know
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What Legislation Matters Most for Catholics?

The 2017-18 Legislative Session is nearing the halfway point. During each two-year session, thousands of bills are introduced in the Pennsylvania House and Senate. The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Pennsylvania Catholic Health Association are tracking a number of different
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Advocates, Lawmakers Stand up for “Safe Harbor” at State Capitol

“Human trafficking is a crime against humanity. We must unite our efforts to free victims and stop this crime that’s become ever more aggressive, that threatens not just individuals, but the foundational values of society.” – Pope Francis Standing united on the
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Surviving the Death Penalty

In August 1975, a jury found Ronnie Bridgeman (who has since changed his name to Kwame Kamau Ajamu) guilty of murder and a judge sentenced him to death. “I was marked for death.” He lived nearly 40 years of his life as Number 150. Almost four decades later, a witness who was 12 years
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Recognize Harm To Poor And Amend “Graham-Cassidy” Bill Say U.S. Bishop Chairmen

From the USCCB – On September 21, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin called on the U.S. Senate to “think of the harm that will be caused to poor and v
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U.S. Bishops and PA Bishops Voice Concerns about Decision to End DACA

From the USCCB – The president and vice president along with chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have issued a statement about the Administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after six months. Over 780,0
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Legislation introduced to address lack of housing for the homeless

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference stands in support of legislation, House Bill 1076, that would use collaborative relationships among municipalities to address the need for housing for the homeless across the state. The bill, introduced by state Rep. Tom Caltagirone, D-Berks, would
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Bishop Malesic Marks End of Opioid Meetings by Calling Them Just the Beginning

“I do think the Holy Spirit said to me one day: Ed, there’s a problem and you need to call the right people together to help alleviate.” –  Bishop Edward C. Malesic The evening of August 16 marked the conclusion of the Diocese of Greensburg’s summer listening and prayer sessions
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U.S. Bishops Establish New Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism

From the USCCB – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops today announced the establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. Initiated by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the USCCB, the committee will focus on addressing the sin of raci
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