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Pennsylvania's long-standing abortion funding ban wins lopsided victory in court

A lawsuit from abortion providers seeking to overturn Pennsylvania’s ban on state funds for abortion found little support in court,... Read more

Polling station on Election Day.

Campaigns target Catholic voters in crucial swing states

As the polls open for in-person voting, campaigners for both sides are looking to turn out the critical Catholic vote, with... Read more

Pennsylvania Catholic Conference appeals diversion of coronavirus relief from private schools

Pa. Catholic Conference appeals diversion of coronavirus relief from private schools

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference is asking the U.S. Department of Education to reverse state authorities’ decisions that the conference says... Read more

St. Anthony's Chapel in Pittsburgh, PA, with the largest collection of relics outside Rome.

How 5,000 relics found a home in a Pittsburgh chapel

Nestled in a sleepy neighborhood in the hills rising over Pittsburgh lies a small chapel. Inside St. Anthony’s Chapel lies... Read more

Pennsylvania capital, Harrisburg. Image via Shutterstock.

States move to close child marriage exceptions

A growing number of states are considering bans or additional restrictions on child marriages, including in Pennsylvania, where a bill... Read more

State Rep. Brian Sims with Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL, at an event for the organization's 45th anniversary, Feb. 4, 2014, in the San Francisco area. (Wikimedia (CC BY 3.0).)

Mom, target of doxing state rep, calls for Sims’ censure

State Rep. Brian Sims is facing possible censure in the Pennsylvania legislature following his harassment and attempts to dox women... Read more

Pro-life Democrats have key role in party and society, organizer says

Pro-life Democrats not only have a place within the Democratic Party today, but can act as a bridge in society... Read more

State Rep. Brian Sims with Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL, at an event for the organization's 45th anniversary, Feb. 4, 2014, in the San Francisco area.

Pa. legislator acknowledges aggression toward woman praying at Planned Parenthood

Brian Sims, a Pennsylvania state legislator who confronted a woman praying outside Planned Parenthood last week, said in a video... Read more

PA State Rep. and Co-Host Brian Sims attends the House of Taylor dinner benefitting The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation on August 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

Brian Sims, doxing state rep, was subject of ethics investigation

The state’s ethics commission opened an investigation into state Rep. Brian Sims following a 2017 complaint that he had violated... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ.

New Jersey bishops finalizing plans to compensate sex abuse victims

In the wake of sex abuse allegations against a former cardinal, the Catholic bishops of New Jersey have announced the... Read more

The Cathedral of Saint Paul in Pittsburgh.

Lamenting clergy sex abuse, Pa. bishops announce victim compensation funds

Seven of the eight Roman Catholic dioceses of Pennsylvania will create compensation funds for victims of clergy sex abuse, following... Read more

Pennsylvania capitol.

Does the Pa. grand jury report mean changes for statutes of limitations?

Following a major grand jury report on past sexual abuse in six Catholic dioceses of Pennsylvania, discussions continue over whether... Read more

Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

Cardinal Wuerl named in Pennsylvania grand jury report, responds to criticism

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., and the former Bishop of Pittsburgh, has been named more than 200 times... Read more

St. Paul's Catherdral, Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh bishop says not all grand jury accusations are 'substantiated'

Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh has confirmed that some of the priests named in the Pennsylvania grand jury report into... Read more

The Supreme Court Chamber in the Pennsylvania State Capitol building.

Former Pennsylvania chief justice backs delay of grand jury report

The former chief justice of Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has warned that the release of a grand jury report into allegations... Read more

The Pennsylvania state capitol.

Pa. Supreme Court orders release of redacted grand jury report

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday ordered that a redacted version of a grand jury report detailing sex abuse in... Read more

The Supreme Court Chamber in the Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg.

Newspapers, victims sue for release of Pa. grand jury's clergy sex abuse report

Several Pennsylvania news outlets and victims of clergy sex abuse sued Friday for the release of a grand jury report... Read more

The Pennsylvania state capitol.

'Many individuals' requested hold on clergy sex abuse report, Pa. court says

In a unanimous opinion released Monday, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania supported and explained its earlier decision to hold the... Read more

The Supreme Court Chamber in the Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg.

Pa. court indefinitely blocks release of clergy sex abuse report

The release of a Grand Jury report detailing cases of clerical sex abuse in six of the eight Catholic dioceses... Read more

Two Franciscan friars plead guilty to endangering children in Pennsylvania

Two Franciscan friars who served as superiors of their community in Pennsylvania have pled guilty to charges of endangering children,... Read more