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Government shutdown puts Catholic Charities' homelessness, domestic violence work at risk

The government shutdown has impacted a housing program run by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, leaving 24 homeless or recently homeless adults with an uncertain future.

The federal funding for Catholic Charities’ Rapid Rehousing program in Mercer County would have been renewed this month – but wasn’t because of the shutdown, which now exceeds 24 days. The emergency-housing program serves 17 single homeless adults, with another seven on the waiting list.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Gov. Murphy signs law doubling funding for nonpublic school security

Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law Jan. 8 a bill that doubles funding for security in nonpublic schools.

Under the bill, religious and private schools in the state will see security funding increase from $75 to $150 per student. The additional $11.3 million in funding will go to various security measures and upgrades.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019
State Assembly committee OKs NJCC-endorsed anti-hunger bills
The New Jersey Catholic Conference – the public policy arm of the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey – participated in a Nov. 29 news conference in Trenton to endorse 13 bills aimed at reducing hunger and food waste in New Jersey. More ...
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Still time to curb worst effects of warmer world, climate scientist says
PHILADELPHIA – An internationally renowned pioneer in climate science and climate change research, in an address at Villanova University, said that rather than "finger-pointing" about the causes of global warming, people need take collective action to slow the process. More ...
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Assisted suicide bill delayed, more time to contact reps

The New Jersey assisted suicide bill, which was scheduled for a vote Oct. 29, has been postponed to an undetermined later date.

Patrick R. Brannigan, executive director of the New Jersey Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state’s bishops, said that the delay is an opportunity for people to call their legislators and let them know why they oppose assisted suicide.

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Saturday, November 3, 2018
Catholic group says neutral stand on assisted suicide 'startling'
PHILADELPHIA – The president of the Catholic Medical Association has responded to the American Academy of Family Physicians' new "engaged neutrality" position on physician-assisted suicide, saying it is "diametrically opposed" to the medical community's long-standing opposition to it. More ...
Monday, October 29, 2018

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