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

8/14/17

(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

8/12/17

(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

2/21/17

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

1/31/17

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

1/30/17

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

1/19/17

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

10/13/16

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

7/22/16

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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Bishop calls for continued prayer after Dallas shootings

7/8/16

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo appeals for peace, offers prayers  in wake of shootings in Dallas, Minnesota and Louisiana  “With great sadness I learned of the heartbreaking violence that occurred last night in Dallas when multiple law enforcement officers were shot, five of them fatally, in the last minutes of what had been a peaceful protest…

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Bishop calls for peace and unity following MN, LA deaths

7/7/16

Statement by Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo for Peace and Unity Following Deaths in Louisiana & Minnesota Richmond, VA – Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo issued the following statement: “Today, I would like to express my deep sorrow and sadness for the loss of life that has occurred in Louisiana and Minnesota. During these difficult times, let…

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