Physician Assisted Suicide Hearings: December 17, 2013

A hearing will be held on December 17, 2013 at 10:00 AM on a new version of the "Death with Dignity" legislation before the Joint Committee on Public Health

Archbishop Lori Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Hear Two Cases on HHS Mandate

Court to hear challenges from Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood
Court will decide whether family-owned companies can exercise religion
Individuals and families who own businesses seek to practice their faith in daily life

USCCB Launches Book Series on Pope Francis

Simple Wisdom Series Offer’s Pope’s advice on everything from gossip to not wasting food
Brief messages make for easy, daily reading
First books of Francis’ words since papal election in March

Citing World Migrant, Refugee Day Message from Pope Francis, USCCB Chairman Calls on House of Representatives to Begin Consideration of Immigration Reform Legislation

Pope Francis says people not to be part of throwaway culture
Archbishop Gomez urges House to move on path to citizenship for undocumented
Workplace exploitation violates human rights

USCCB Chairmen Applaud Introduction of "Marriage and Religious Freedom Act"

Non-discrimination Act would protect religious liberties
Those who affirm that marriage is one man and one woman need protection
Chairmen urge support for the Act

US Bishops seek to live by faith, serve needy, insure employees; continue legal and moral analysis of HHS Mandate

Cardinal Dolan reaffirms commitment to oppose mandate, protect conscience
Notes Church groups among first to provide health care in the nation
Decries three-tiered approach: freedom for churches, less for ministries, nothing for faithful

Catholics Nationwide Push for Immigration Reform

Dioceses to hold Masses, pilgrimages, meetings with legislators through October
Archbishop Gomez says ‘now is the time’ for Catholics to voice support

United States Conference Of Catholic Bishops Joins Pope Francis’ Call For Day Of Fasting And Prayer

U.S. Catholics are being encouraged to join a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria, the Middle East and the World Sept. 7 as the United States government considers its role in the ongoing struggle in Syria. Pope Francis called the world’s Catholics to the day of fasting and prayer for peace during an address Sunday, Sept. 1.

MCC Testifies on Homeless Youth Legislation

The MCC recently testified in favor of House Bill 135, which would aid homeless youth in the Commonwealth.  To read the MCC's testimony, click here.

Bishop Blaire Calls for Reduction in Inequality

Cites rampant income inequality in the midst of uneven economic recovery
Urges bold action to create just economy with jobs that provide living wage
Calls for increased minimum wage, immigration reform, end to wage theft