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Pope Francis Names Washington Auxiliary Bishop to Lead Richmond Diocese


RICHMOND, Va. – Within hours of being announced as the 13th Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, the Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, 55, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, celebrated Mass with Pastoral Center staff for the first time in the diocese he will soon oversee. Earlier, he held a press…

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Diocesan Administrator Very Reverend Monsignor Mark Richard Lane Statement on Las Vegas Shooting


We mourn for all who lost their lives or were injured in the horrific actions that took place in Las Vegas. We lift our voices in prayer on this Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels whom we ask to watch over us, to guide us, and bring consolation to all who are grieving. We pray…

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Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo Statement On Diocesan Response Following Aftermath in Charlottesville


(Richmond, Va.) – Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo issued the following statement: “I remain deeply saddened about the devastating events in Charlottesville over the weekend, most especially I mourn the loss of lives and the injuries of many more. Hatred, and its manifestations of racism, neo-Nazism and white supremacy, are sins against God and profoundly wound…

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Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo Statement on Events Occurring in Charlottesville


(Richmond, Va.)  – Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo issued the following statement on the actions taking place in Charlottesville: “In the last 24 hours, hatred and violence have been on display in the City of Charlottesville. I earnestly pray for peace. I invoke the prayer of St. Francis who prayed “Lord make me an instrument of…

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Virginia Bishops Issue Statement about Governor’s Veto


February 21, 2017 Virginia Catholic Bishops Statement on Governor McAuliffe’s Veto of Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood Richmond, VA – For the second consecutive year, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to the nation’s largest abortion provider – at the expense of comprehensive health care for women. This morning, Gov. McAuliffe vetoed HB 2264, which would have…

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Bishop DiLorenzo Issues Statement on Refugee Policy


January 31, 2017 Richmond, Va. – Today, Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo released the following statement: “Today, I stand in union with my brother bishops who have spoken out about the recent executive order on the new refugee admissions policy. Recently, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued statements on the matter. I encourage…

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Bishop DiLorenzo Issues Statement on the 2017 March for Life


January 26, 2017 Richmond, VA. – Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo issued the following statement on the 2017 March for Life. “I send my blessings and prayers to the many faithful who plan to participate in the 2017 March for Life. I am always encouraged and it fills me with great joy when I witness the…

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Bishops’ Statement on Death Penalty


Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo and Bishop Michael Burbidge issued the following statement today about Virginia’s continued use of the death penalty: Read here.

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Bishop’s Statement on Aid to Those Affected by Hurricane Matthew


Today, I ask the good people of this diocese to open their hearts to our brothers and sisters to the south of us who are still experiencing the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew.

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Bishop’s statement regarding Catholics in public office


The Catholic Church makes its position very clear as it pertains to the protection of human life, social justice initiatives, and the importance of family life. From the very beginning, Catholic teaching informs us that every human life is sacred from conception until natural death. The right to life is a fundamental, human right for…

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