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                    [post_content] =>  USCCB President Offers Condolences on Behalf of U.S. Catholics and All People of Goodwill Across America to Victims and Families of Manchester Terror Attack

May 23, 2017

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), is expressing shock and sadness in the wake of last night’s terror attack at Manchester Arena.  In this moment of national tragedy and grief for England, Cardinal DiNardo has written a letter of condolence to the Most Reverend John Stanley Kenneth Arnold, Bishop of Salford and the people of England. The Diocese of Salford serves the area of greater Manchester and Lancashire.  In the letter, Cardinal DiNardo expresses solidarity along with the continued prayers of the Church in the United States in the face of such unspeakable loss.     

Full letter follows:

Dear Bishop Arnold,

Words are not enough to convey the deep shock and sadness with which Catholics and all people of good will in the United States learned of the horrible attack which took place yesterday at England's Manchester Arena.

The unspeakable loss of life, terrible injuries, and untold trauma to families -- especially to children -- summon prayers from around the world. In a way, I assure you and all those who suffer from this atrocious evil the continued prayers of the Church in the United States.

We commend to the comforting arms of our crucified and Risen Lord the many who have died, and we entrust to Our Lady of Manchester those who suffer.

Evil, as dense and dark as it is, never has the last word. As we prepare to celebrate the new dawn of Pentecost again, may the Easter words of the Risen Christ, "Peace be with you" (John 20:19), settle deep into the hearts of the citizens of your great country.

Fraternally in the Risen Lord,
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
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By Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Decrying the “barbaric attack in Manchester,” England, Pope Francis sent his condolences and prayers to all those affected “by this senseless act of violence,” an attack on a concert that British officials said was the deadliest case of terrorism since 2005.

In a telegram sent on the pope’s behalf by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, the cardinal said the pope “was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and tragic loss of life” after a suicide bomb explosion killed at least 22 people and injured another 59 at Manchester Arena May 22. Many concertgoers at the Ariana Grande concert were teenagers, young adults and families.

The pope “expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence,” the telegram said, as “he commends the generous efforts of the emergency and security personnel and offers the assurance of his prayers for the injured, and for all who have died.”

“Mindful in a particular way of those children and young people who have lost their lives, and of their grieving families, Pope Francis invokes God’s blessings of peace, healing and strength upon the nation.”
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                    [post_content] => On May 18, 1968, Bishop Francis DiLorenzo was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by John Cardinal Krol. This year marks his 49th anniversary of priestly ordination.
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Richmond, VA - Please pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Arthur "Chip" Pagnini, a deacon of the Diocese of Richmond, who died on May 2nd.
Funeral arrangements are as follows at St. Ann Catholic Church, 105 S. Snead St., Ashland, VA 23005: On Friday, May 5: Visitation with the family from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. A Christian Wake Service will be offered at 6:00 p.m.... Followed by visitation until 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, May 6: A Mass of the Resurrection will be offered at 10:00 a.m.
Please pray for Deacon Pagnini's family.
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Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement follows: “Today’s Executive Order begins the process of alleviating the serious burden of the HHS mandate. We will engage with the Administration to ensure that adequate relief is provided to those with deeply held religious beliefs about some of the drugs, devices, and surgical procedures that HHS has sought to require people of faith to facilitate over the last several years.  We welcome a decision to provide a broad religious exemption to the HHS mandate, but will have to review the details of any regulatory proposals. In recent years, people of faith have experienced pressing restrictions on religious freedom from both the federal government and state governments that receive federal funding.  For example, in areas as diverse as adoption, education, healthcare, and other social services, widely held moral and religious beliefs, especially regarding the protection of human life as well as preserving marriage and family, have been maligned in recent years as bigotry or hostility — and penalized accordingly. But disagreement on moral and religious issues is not discrimination; instead, it is the inevitable and desirable fruit of a free, civil society marked by genuine religious diversity. We will continue to advocate for permanent relief from Congress on issues of critical importance to people of faith.  Religious freedom is a fundamental right that should be upheld by all branches of government and not subject to political whims.  As president of the Bishops’ Conference, I had the opportunity to meet with President Trump this morning in the Oval Office to address these and other topics.” [post_title] => USCCB President: Today’s Executive Order Begins a Process  [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => usccb-president-todays-executive-order-begins-a-process [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-05-04 15:59:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-04 19:59:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://richmonddiocese.org/?p=104865 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 104773 [post_author] => 12 [post_date] => 2017-04-26 08:21:24 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-26 12:21:24 [post_content] => April 26, 2017 WASHINGTON–Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the USCCB's Committee on Pro-Life Activities, reacted to the announcement by the Democratic National Committee's chair pledging support only for pro-abortion candidates. Calling the pledge "very disturbing," Cardinal Dolan urged party members to "challenge their leadership to recant this intolerant position." Full statement follows: "The recent pledge by the Democratic National Committee chair to support only candidates who embrace the radical unrestricted abortion license is very disturbing. The Democratic Party platform already endorses abortion throughout the nine months of pregnancy, even forcing taxpayers to fund it; and now the DNC says that to be a Democrat—indeed to be an American—requires supporting that extreme agenda. True solidarity with pregnant women and their children transcends all party lines. Abortion doesn't empower women. Indeed, women deserve better than abortion. In the name of diversity and inclusion, pro-life and pro-'choice' Democrats, alike, should challenge their leadership to recant this intolerant position." 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Because we have a profound respect for the sanctity of every human life, from its very beginning until natural death, we welcome with gratitude Governor Terry McAuliffe’s decision today to commute the death sentence of Ivan Teleguz, 38. We continue to express deep sorrow and pray for all victims of violence and their loved ones. Likewise, we continue to pray for a change of heart and a spirit of remorse and conversion for all those who commit acts of violence. We ask God to give us all the grace to work together for justice, peace and respect for all life in our communities and our Commonwealth. 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Funeral arrangements for Father Nott are as follows: Visitation will be held on Monday, April 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bliley’s Funeral Home, 3801 Augusta Avenue, Richmond, with Christian Wake Service beginning at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 25 at The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 18 N. Laurel Street, Richmond, at 11 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. prior to the funeral Mass. 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DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following Easter message as we celebrate the joy of Christ's Resurrection. A video version of Cardinal DiNardo's Easter message is also available at:  https://www.facebook.com/usccb/videos/10154506949682285/ Full statement follows: "Through Christ's passion, His burial in the tomb and His glorious resurrection, we come to realize the enormity of the Lord's sacrifice for us. We may feel unworthy of His love who paid so high a price for our salvation. Let us not be afraid. Let's allow ourselves to be taken – even seized – with Easter joy. As we proclaim on Easter Sunday, 'Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.' In the Gospel of John, chapter 10, Jesus says the shepherd calls his own sheep by name, 'I am the Good Shepherd and I know mine.' In chapter 20, how much fear and doubt must have gripped Mary of Magdala as she stood by the tomb? There, it was Jesus who rescued Mary from her fears and darkness by calling her name. Listen carefully.  Mary thought she had discovered the Risen Lord, but it was the Risen Lord who discovered her. Jesus calls out to each of us by name today as He did the very first Easter Sunday. His promise fulfilled. His word brings life, 'I am the Good Shepherd and I know mine.' Jesus waits for you and me, embracing us in our moments of greatest need and desire. Welcome the love of God into your life. Share it those around you, especially the most vulnerable of our sisters and brothers. In this way, we proclaim with Mary, 'I have seen the Lord.' Sing joyfully, 'the Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.'  Happy Easter!" [post_title] => Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo Releases Easter Message [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => cardinal-daniel-n-dinardo-releases-easter-message [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-18 13:38:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-18 17:38:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://richmonddiocese.org/?p=104610 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 104430 [post_author] => 12 [post_date] => 2017-04-11 11:31:39 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-11 15:31:39 [post_content] => April 11, 2017 WASHINGTON—The Vatican Television Center has released information for broadcasters regarding worldwide telecasts of the events presided over by Pope Francis on Good Friday and Easter.  All times are UTC/GMT (Coordinated Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time). •  Good Friday, April 14, 19.15-21.00 hours, Way of the Cross presided over by Pope Francis at the Colosseum. •  Sunday April 16, 08:00-10:30 hours, Easter Sunday Mass presided over by Pope Francis immediately followed by the Message and Blessing “Urbi et Orbi” (To the City and to the World) from St. Peter’s Square. [post_title] => Vatican Announces Telecasts Information for Holy Week and Easter   [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => vatican-announces-telecasts-information-for-holy-week-and-easter [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-11 11:31:39 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-11 15:31:39 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://richmonddiocese.org/?p=104430 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [10] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 104393 [post_author] => 12 [post_date] => 2017-04-10 09:44:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-10 13:44:23 [post_content] => April 9, 2017 WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in response to explosions on Palm Sunday at two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt that have killed at least 40 and injured at least 100: "In the early hours of Palm Sunday, as Christians began the celebration of the holiest week of the year, our brothers and sisters in Egypt suffered unspeakable persecution. They were at Church. They were praying. And in the midst of what should be peace, horrible violence yet again. I express our deepest sadness at the loss of those killed, our prayers for healing for all those injured, and our condolences to those who suffer the loss of loved ones. I also express our solidarity with the Coptic church in Egypt, an ancient Christian community that faces mounting persecution in its historic home from violent extremism.  I also pray for the nation of Egypt, that it may seek justice, find healing, and strengthen protection for Coptic Christians and other religious minorities who wish only to live in peace. I also join Pope Francis in his prayer for the victims of this attack, and that 'the Lord [may] convert the hearts of the people who are sowing terror, violence and death, and also the hearts of those who make and traffic weapons.' The Prince of Peace assures us that the darkness of terror cannot withstand the Easter light of Resurrection. We entrust all those who suffer and who have perished into the arms of the crucified and Risen Christ." [post_title] => President of U.S. Bishops Conference Responds to Explosions at Two Coptic Churches [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => president-of-u-s-bishops-conference-responds-to-explosions-at-two-coptic-churches [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-10 09:44:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-10 13:44:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://richmonddiocese.org/?p=104393 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [11] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 104271 [post_author] => 12 [post_date] => 2017-04-05 08:21:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-05 12:21:46 [post_content] => April 5, 2017 Syrian Chemical Attack "Shocks the Soul" WASHINGTON—  Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the USCCB, have issued the following joint statement on yesterday's chemical weapons attack in northern Syria. Full statement follows: "The chemical attack in Syria on April 4 shocks the soul. The many innocent lives targeted by these terrible tools of war cry out for humanity's protection. In this season of Lent when Christians draw near to the suffering of Christ, let us match the horrific indifference shown for innocent life with a fervent prayer for love to break through the evil. Let us also match our prayer with a faithful witness to suffering so that no life at risk is forgotten. Pope Francis has repeatedly issued an appeal to Syrian leaders and to the international community saying: 'Please, silence the weapons, put an end to the violence! No more war! No more destruction! May humanitarian laws be respected, may the people who need humanitarian assistance be cared for and may the desired peace be attained through dialogue and reconciliation.' We echo the Holy Father's call. We pray for an end to the carnage in Syria and we pray that God will assuage all those who suffer and bring them consolation as we approach Easter and its message of love and hope." [post_title] => President & Vice President of U.S. Bishops Conference Respond to Syria Chemical Attack [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => president-vice-president-of-u-s-bishops-conference-respond-to-syria-chemical-attack [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-06 08:21:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-06 12:21:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://richmonddiocese.org/?p=104271 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [12] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 104081 [post_author] => 12 [post_date] => 2017-03-31 11:10:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-31 15:10:47 [post_content] => March 31, 2017 WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the USCCB's Committee on Pro-Life Activities, praised both chambers of the U.S. Congress for taking action to nullify a bad policy imposed by the Obama Administration. Congress' joint resolution of disapproval (H.J. Res 43 / S. Res. 13) was passed by the House in mid-February, and by the Senate on March 30, 2017. It overrides a rule change made late in the Obama Administration that prevented states from redirecting Title X family planning funding away from abortion providers like Planned Parenthood to community health centers that provide comprehensive primary and preventive health care. The rule change went into effect on January 18, 2017. "The clear purpose of this Title X rule change was to benefit abortion providers like Planned Parenthood," Cardinal Dolan said. "So Congress has done well to reverse this very bad public policy, and to restore the ability of states to stop one stream of our tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood and redirect it to community health centers that provide comprehensive primary and preventive health care." Title X of the Public Health Services Act was passed by Congress in 1970 to control population growth by distributing contraceptives to low-income families. Planned Parenthood is the largest recipient of Title X funding. Planned Parenthood is also the nation's largest abortion network -- performing over a third of all abortions in the U.S. -- and receives more than half a billion taxpayer dollars each year. Congress acted within the statutory 60-day window to nullify the new regulation. Introduced by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), the House resolution (H.J. Res. 43) was approved on February 16 (230-188); and the Senate resolution (S.J. Res. 13), introduced by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), passed by a one-vote margin on March 30, 2017. Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote. The measure now goes to President Trump, who is expected to sign the resolution into law.   [post_title] => Cardinal Dolan Welcomes Congressional Action to Nullify Title X Rule [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => cardinal-dolan-welcomes-congressional-action-to-nullify-title-x-rule [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-04 11:11:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-04 15:11:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://richmonddiocese.org/?p=104081 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [13] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 103904 [post_author] => 12 [post_date] => 2017-03-23 15:16:03 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-23 19:16:03 [post_content] => March 23, 2017 Richmond, VA - The Most Reverend Francis X. DiLorenzo released the following statement today on the passing of William Cardinal Keeler, 14th Archbishop of Baltimore: “Today, I, along with the clergy, religious communities and the faithful of the Diocese of Richmond, offer our prayers to the Catholic community within the Archdiocese of Baltimore on the death of William Cardinal Keeler. Many in our Diocese will remember that Cardinal Keeler served as Apostolic Administrator in Richmond between Sept. 16, 2003, until my installation as Bishop, May 24, 2004. “May all who mourn his passing find comfort in the Lord and solace for his long service and devotion to the Church. Please join me as we pray for the repose of the soul of Cardinal Keeler, may he rest in peace.” [post_title] => Bishop's Statement on Passing of Cardinal Keeler [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishops-statement-on-passing-of-cardinal-keeler [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-23 15:20:37 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-23 19:20:37 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://richmonddiocese.org/?p=103904 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [14] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 103901 [post_author] => 12 [post_date] => 2017-03-23 13:35:39 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-23 17:35:39 [post_content] =>

Bishop Michael Burbidge & Bishop Francis DiLorenzo Statement on Governor’s Veto of Bill Defending Right of Religious Organizations to Practice Faith

March 23, 2017 Virginia - For the second straight year, Governor McAuliffe has vetoed legislation that would have protected clergy and religious organizations from being punished by the state because they follow the deeply held teachings of their faith.  The governor’s veto of SB 1324 and HB 2025 ignores Virginia’s long tradition of upholding the religious freedom of faith communities which dates back to Thomas Jefferson. It turns a blind eye to the great impact of these organizations that serve Virginians every day.  The bill merely sought to preserve fair access to public resources – like tax exempt status, contracts, grants and licensure – for religious charities and schools that hold to their longstanding belief that marriage is between a man and a woman. The governor said the legislation was “another attempt to stigmatize” – when in fact vetoing the legislation did just that by sidelining religious entities that hold to their deeply held religious beliefs. Acting on our behalf and our belief that all people have inherent dignity and are deserving of respect, the Virginia Catholic Conference defended the religious freedom of Catholic organizations that are lifelines to the Virginia communities they serve. They employ nearly 25,000 people, educate over 30,000 students, and provide hundreds of millions of dollars in needed services to the homeless, elderly, sick, uninsured, refugees, immigrants and children in need of foster care in every corner of Virginia. Just as serving the most vulnerable is inherent to our Catholic faith, so is our understanding about the nature of marriage. We cannot sever one from the other. We are dismayed that with this veto the Governor fails to recognize the right of these organizations to profess and practice their faith. We will continue to stand for Virginia’s long tradition of upholding the religious freedom of faith communities. Tolerance of and respect for religious beliefs makes our Commonwealth strong and our communities even stronger.  We would also like to thank SB 1324 patron Senator Bill Carrico and HB 2025 patron Delegate Nicholas Freitas for defending these values with passion, persistence and eloquence throughout the 2017 Virginia General Assembly session. 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[post_title] => Bishop appoints President for Bishop Sullivan H.S. [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-appoints-president-for-bishop-sullivan-h-s [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-21 13:24:39 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-21 17:24:39 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://richmonddiocese.org/?p=103879 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [16] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 103509 [post_author] => 12 [post_date] => 2017-03-09 10:28:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-09 15:28:02 [post_content] => USCCB Chairmen Call on Congress to Consider Moral Criteria During Debates on Health Care Policy March 8, 2017 WASHINGTON—As Congress prepares to discuss possible changes to the Affordable Care Act, the chairmen of four United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committees called on lawmakers to consider important moral criteria, especially pertaining to the most vulnerable among us, including the unborn and those experiencing deep poverty. The Bishops of the United States have consistently advocated for a health care system in which—as the late Cardinal Francis George used to say—everyone should be cared for and no one should be deliberately killed. In a letter from March 8, 2017, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, urged Congress: to respect life by preventing the use of federal funds to facilitate abortion or purchase health care plans that provide abortion; to honor conscience rights; and to ensure access for all people to comprehensive, quality health care that is truly affordable. The Bishops called on Congress to ensure coverage for those who now rely upon it after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and expressed concern about any structural changes to the social safety net that could impact access to health care for millions. Noting that the Catholic Church "provides health care, purchases health care and helps to pick up the pieces for those who fall through the cracks of the health care system when it fails," the bishops urged "a new spirit of cooperation for the sake of the common good" on this vital concern during the debates ahead. The full letter is available at: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/health-care/upload/Joint-Letter-to-Congress-ACA-Principles-03-07-2017.pdf. [post_title] => USCCB Chairman to Congress on Health Care Policy [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => usccb-chairman-to-congress-on-health-care-policy [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-09 10:28:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-09 15:28:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://richmonddiocese.org/?p=103509 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [17] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 103251 [post_author] => 12 [post_date] => 2017-03-01 12:08:24 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-01 17:08:24 [post_content] => March 1, 2017 Gina Ibarra Coss, Principal of St. Gregory the Great, Virginia Beach, was featured in an article in the Virginia Pilot. It is an inspiring account of her call to serve, first as a teacher, and then as an administrator.   [post_title] => St. Gregory the Great Principal Called to Serve [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => st-gregory-the-great-principal-called-to-serve [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-02 12:18:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-02 17:18:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://richmonddiocese.org/?p=103251 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [18] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 103219 [post_author] => 12 [post_date] => 2017-02-23 09:46:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-23 14:46:53 [post_content] => February 23, 2017 U.S. Bishops Chair on Migration Responds to DHS Memoranda on Immigration Enforcement and Border Security Washington, D.C. - On February 20, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued two memoranda implementing Executive Orders 13768 and 13767, relating to border and interior immigration enforcement. In response to the memoranda, the Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, has issued the following statement: "We recognize the importance of ensuring public safety and would welcome reasonable and necessary steps to do that. However, the two memoranda issued by Secretary Kelly on February 20th contain a number of provisions that, if implemented as written, will harm public safety rather than enhance it. Moreover, taken in their entirety, the policies contained in these memoranda will needlessly separate families, upend peaceful communities, endanger the lives and safety of the most vulnerable among us, breakdown the trust that currently exists between many police departments and immigrant communities, and sow great fear in those communities. The DHS memoranda eliminates important protections for vulnerable populations, including unaccompanied children and asylum seekers. They greatly expand the militarization of the U.S./Mexico border.  Taken together, these memoranda constitute the establishment of a large-scale enforcement system that targets virtually all undocumented migrants as 'priorities' for deportation, thus prioritizing no one.  The memoranda further seek to promote local law enforcement of federal immigration laws without regard for the existing relationships of trust between local law enforcement officials and immigrant communities. The engagement of local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law can undermine public safety by making many who live in immigrant communities fearful of cooperating with local law enforcement in both reporting and investigating criminal matters. I urge the Administration to reconsider the approach embodied in these memoranda, just as it should reconsider the approach it has taken in a number of executive orders and actions issued over the last month.  Together, these have placed already vulnerable immigrants among us in an even greater state of vulnerability. Moving forward, we remain steadfast in our commitment to care for and respect the human dignity of all, regardless of their immigration status.  During this unsettling time, we will redouble our work to accompany and protect our immigrant brothers and sisters and recognize their contributions and inherent dignity as children of God." [post_title] => USCCB Responds to DHS Immigration Memo [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => usccb-responds-to-dhs-immigration-memo [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-23 09:48:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-23 14:48:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://richmonddiocese.org/?p=103219 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [19] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 103205 [post_author] => 12 [post_date] => 2017-02-21 16:29:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-21 21:29:10 [post_content] => 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 redirected state tax dollars away from Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry, and toward community health centers that provide primary care to women and their families. This legislation had been introduced by Del. Ben Cline, R- Rockbridge. Surrounded by Planned Parenthood supporters at a veto ceremony outside the Governor's Mansion this morning, Gov. McAuliffe said his actions protected the rights and dignity of Virginia women - when, in fact, his actions harm the dignity of the women deceived by the multi-billion dollar abortion industry as well as the tiniest females, those still in the womb whose lives are brutally eliminated by abortion. Despite its deceptive talking points about caring for women's health, Planned Parenthood performs less than 2% of women's cancer screenings nationwide, and provides no mammograms whatsoever. It offers, instead, the opposite of health care - conducting almost 17 times more abortions than birth-oriented services and aborting 160 children for every 1 child it refers for adoption. Planned Parenthood is responsible for nearly 900 abortions every day, a third of all abortions in the U.S. And yet, despite the fact that most Americans don't want their tax dollars to pay for other people's abortions, Planned Parenthood received half-a-billion dollars in taxpayer funding in its most recently reported fiscal year. It received this money despite extensive evidence that it illegally profited from the transfer of fetal tissue harvested during abortions. The Virginia Catholic Conference upholds the timeless truth that every human being, born and unborn, has an equal right to life. The Conference finds Gov. McAuliffe's pride in protecting an organization that destroys life and harms women and their families deeply offensive.  We will continue to fight for the day when Virginia law protects all human life, at every stage of development, from conception until natural death. The Virginia Catholic Conference represents the public policy interests of Virginia's Catholic bishops and their two dioceses. 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Building upon Pope Francis's encyclical Laudato si'. . . the letter emphasizes the importance of adaptation policies and specifically calls for continued U.S. support of the Paris climate agreement as well as the Green Climate Fund, which provides poorer nations with resources to adapt to and mitigate changing climate realities. "The Judeo-Christian tradition has always understood the environment to be a gift from God, and we are all called 'to protect our one common home,'" said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico and Sean L. Callahan, President of Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The call to care for the environment echoes Pope Francis' call to help poor and vulnerable people adapt to the effects of climate change. The message also recognizes that "uncompromising support for adaptation policies in no way excludes efforts to mitigate the anthropogenic contributors to climate change" and called for an "energy revolution" to deliver "not only sustainable, efficient and clean energy, but also energy that is secure, affordable, accessible and equitable." The full text of the letter can be found here: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/environment/upload/USCCB-CRS-Letter-to-Secretary-Tillerson-on-Care-for-Creation-02-17-2017.pdf [post_title] => Letter Urges Administration to Care for Creation [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => letter-urges-administration-to-care-for-creation [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-21 11:50:31 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-21 16:50:31 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://richmonddiocese.org/?p=103202 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [21] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 103180 [post_author] => 12 [post_date] => 2017-02-10 11:07:09 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-10 16:07:09 [post_content] => 2/10/2017 Washington - Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and Archbishop William E. Lori – as chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, respectively – wrote to both Houses of the United States Congress on February 8, urging support for the Conscience Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 644, S. 301). The Conscience Protection Act, they wrote, is "essential legislation protecting the fundamental rights of health care providers…to ensure that those providing much-needed health care and health coverage can continue to do so without being forced by government to help destroy innocent unborn children." "While existing federal laws already protect conscientious objection to abortion in theory, this protection has not proved effective in practice," the bishops noted, citing recent examples in which the federal government has refused to enforce these laws. "The Conscience Protection Act will address the deficiencies that block effective enforcement of existing laws," they said, "most notably by establishing a private right of action allowing victims of discrimination to defend their own rights in court." Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Lori recalled the Hippocratic oath's rejection of abortion in the profession of medicine, indicating that the Act will benefit not only Catholic medical professionals but "the great majority of ob/gyns [who] remain unwilling to perform abortions." Finally, they explained that conscience protection facilitates access to life-affirming health care: "When government… mandates involvement in abortion as a condition for being allowed to provide life-affirming health care services, it not only undermines the widely acknowledged civil rights of health care providers but also limits access to good health care for American women and men." The full text of their letter to Senate is posted at: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/conscience-protection/upload/Conscience-Protection-Act-Dolan-Lori-Ltr-to-Senate-02-08-17.pdf. For more on the bishops' promotion of conscience rights, including a video about a nurse who was coerced to take part in a late-term abortion, visit:  www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/conscience-protection. 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He has a B.A. in English Education from Virginia Tech and a Masters of Education in School Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. Rev. Michael Boehling, Vicar for Vocations and Pastoral Services, says “Ray has the experience, visionary leadership and dedication to Catholic education to further advance Catholic Schools in the Diocese.  Please join Bishop Francis DiLorenzo and Rev. Michael Boehling in congratulating Ray as our new Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Richmond. 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After many years of dedicated and loyal service, Steve has decided to step down and announced his retirement effective June 30, 2017. Steve's distinguished four-decade career began when he joined the paper as a staff writer. His extensive knowledge of the parishes and people in the Diocese has been an invaluable resource for the Catholic Virginian and his stories have provided in-depth history about the life and growth of the Diocese over the past forty years. Please join me in thanking Steve Neill and wishing him a most joyous retirement and the blessing of God as he begins this new phase in his life. Sincerely yours in Christ, +Francis X. 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[post_title] => Strong Prayer Life Influences Vocation According to CARA Study [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => strong-prayer-life-influences-vocation-according-to-cara-study [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-02 15:22:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-02 20:22:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://richmonddiocese.org/?p=102966 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [25] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 102667 [post_author] => 12 [post_date] => 2017-01-23 16:45:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-23 21:45:53 [post_content] =>

USCCB Pro Life Chairman Applauds Reestablishment of Mexico City Policy

January 23, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC—Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, applauded the memorandum issued today by President Donald Trump restoring the Mexico City Policy and extending its requirements to all U.S. global assistance.

 

Cardinal Dolan offered the following statement in response:

 

“We applaud President Trump’s action today to restore the Mexico City Policy, which withholds taxpayer funds from foreign non-governmental organizations that promote or perform abortions overseas (often in violation of the host country’s own laws). This is a welcome step toward restoring and enforcing important federal policies that respect the most fundamental human right—the right to life—as well as the long-standing, bi-partisan consensus against forcing Americans to participate in the violent act of abortion.”

 

The Mexico City Policy, first announced at the United Nation’s 1984 Conference on Population in Mexico City, requires foreign-based non-governmental organizations receiving U.S. aid to certify that they will not perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in developing nations. 

 

According to a Marist Poll released on January 23, 2017, an overwhelming majority (83%) of Americans support policies like the Mexico City Policy. This includes 73% of respondents who identify as “pro-choice.”

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[post_title] => Catholic Diocese of Richmond Launches New Website [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => catholic-diocese-of-richmond-launches-new-website [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-31 14:48:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-31 19:48:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://richmonddiocese.org/?p=102917 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [27] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 101207 [post_author] => 5 [post_date] => 2016-09-09 16:05:39 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-09-09 16:05:39 [post_content] => deacon%20ed%20handel Rev. Mr. Edward Handel, a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Richmond, has been selected as the Diocese’s first Director of Cemeteries for the newly created Office of Catholic Cemeteries, effective September 1, 2016. Deacon Ed will serve as a consultant to the Diocese. His employer is Catholic Management Services (CMS), a 501 (c)(3) strategic planning and professional services firm, hired by the Diocese last spring following a two-year assessment of the Diocese’s final resting places.  Bishop DiLorenzo authorized the establishment of this new office after listening to the recommendations from CMS and after consulting with the Diocesan Priests Council. Beginning in this Year of Mercy, Deacon Ed’s primary task will be to raise understanding among Catholics about this corporal work of mercy. Following a three-month training period with CMS, headquartered in Oakland, CA, he will begin the task of working with parishes and communities to educate, restore, and maintain the almost 60 cemeteries, mausoleum and columbaria within the Diocese of Richmond. "What interested me most about this new role is my previous thought that the hardest part of my ministry would be the death of parishioners and helping make funeral arrangements with the family,” said Deacon Ed Handel.  “I came to find it was rewarding because it allowed me to see people at a time when they were vulnerable and that I could be a conduit to God and Christ at those stressful times." Deacon Ed will work with pastors to share Church teaching surrounding the death and burial of a loved one, including the sacred nature of the body and its burial place, and most importantly, belief in the resurrection. He will implement the Diocese’s CMS-directed Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services Program in collaboration with the Offices of Worship, Finance, and other offices as needed. Ordained in 2013, Deacon Ed was most recently assigned to St. John the Evangelist in Waynesboro. In addition to his liturgical duties, his ministry included marriage and baptismal preparation, RCIA, Christian formation and pastoral care. He has also been involved in diaconal convocation planning. Before joining CMS, he spent 19 years with Crutchfield Corporation as Manager of Corporate Sales and Business Development. He can be reached at the Pastoral Center at (804) 622-5153, or by email at ehandel@richmonddiocese.org. 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[post_title] => Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => obc-news-find-date [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-12-28 16:13:57 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-12-28 16:13:57 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://richmonddiocese.org/?p=101168 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [29] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 101170 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2016-01-08 21:08:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-01-08 21:08:46 [post_content] => Frank Nelson, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, received the 2012 "Servant of Christ Award" from the National Black Catholic Congress XI, July 21, in Indianapolis. The Servant of Christ Award was established and first given in July, 2012, for outstanding leadership in the Church or community. [post_title] => Servant of Christ Award [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => obc-news2-find-date [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-12-28 16:13:57 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-12-28 16:13:57 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://richmonddiocese.org/?p=101170 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [30] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 482 [post_author] => 6 [post_date] => 2015-10-12 19:46:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-10-12 19:46:38 [post_content] => Using Caritas in Veritate, develop a  bible study group during this Lenten season. Click here for additional information. [post_title] => Lenten Bible Study Materials [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => lenten-bible-study-materials [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-11-07 15:46:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-11-07 15:46:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://richmonddiocese.org/?p=482 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 31 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 105369 [post_author] => 12 [post_date] => 2017-05-23 15:33:15 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-23 19:33:15 [post_content] =>  USCCB President Offers Condolences on Behalf of U.S. Catholics and All People of Goodwill Across America to Victims and Families of Manchester Terror Attack May 23, 2017 WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), is expressing shock and sadness in the wake of last night’s terror attack at Manchester Arena.  In this moment of national tragedy and grief for England, Cardinal DiNardo has written a letter of condolence to the Most Reverend John Stanley Kenneth Arnold, Bishop of Salford and the people of England. The Diocese of Salford serves the area of greater Manchester and Lancashire.  In the letter, Cardinal DiNardo expresses solidarity along with the continued prayers of the Church in the United States in the face of such unspeakable loss.      Full letter follows: Dear Bishop Arnold, Words are not enough to convey the deep shock and sadness with which Catholics and all people of good will in the United States learned of the horrible attack which took place yesterday at England's Manchester Arena. The unspeakable loss of life, terrible injuries, and untold trauma to families -- especially to children -- summon prayers from around the world. In a way, I assure you and all those who suffer from this atrocious evil the continued prayers of the Church in the United States. We commend to the comforting arms of our crucified and Risen Lord the many who have died, and we entrust to Our Lady of Manchester those who suffer. Evil, as dense and dark as it is, never has the last word. As we prepare to celebrate the new dawn of Pentecost again, may the Easter words of the Risen Christ, "Peace be with you" (John 20:19), settle deep into the hearts of the citizens of your great country. 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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 redirected state tax dollars away from Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry, and toward community health centers that provide primary care to women and their families. This legislation had been introduced by Del. Ben Cline, R- Rockbridge.

Surrounded by Planned Parenthood supporters at a veto ceremony outside the Governor's Mansion this morning, Gov. McAuliffe said his actions protected the rights and dignity of Virginia women - when, in fact, his actions harm the dignity of the women deceived by the multi-billion dollar abortion industry as well as the tiniest females, those still in the womb whose lives are brutally eliminated by abortion.

Despite its deceptive talking points about caring for women's health, Planned Parenthood performs less than 2% of women's cancer screenings nationwide, and provides no mammograms whatsoever. It offers, instead, the opposite of health care - conducting almost 17 times more abortions than birth-oriented services and aborting 160 children for every 1 child it refers for adoption. Planned Parenthood is responsible for nearly 900 abortions every day, a third of all abortions in the U.S. And yet, despite the fact that most Americans don't want their tax dollars to pay for other people's abortions, Planned Parenthood received half-a-billion dollars in taxpayer funding in its most recently reported fiscal year. It received this money despite extensive evidence that it illegally profited from the transfer of fetal tissue harvested during abortions.

The Virginia Catholic Conference upholds the timeless truth that every human being, born and unborn, has an equal right to life. The Conference finds Gov. McAuliffe's pride in protecting an organization that destroys life and harms women and their families deeply offensive.  We will continue to fight for the day when Virginia law protects all human life, at every stage of development, from conception until natural death.

The Virginia Catholic Conference represents the public policy interests of Virginia's Catholic bishops and their two dioceses.
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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 our faithful in the Diocese of Richmond to read the announcements and act to make your voice known to your elected representative through the following action alert. Let us pray for our country, for peace in our world, and for the dignity of all.”

Joint Statement from USCCB President, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo & USCCB Vice-President Archbishop José H. Gomez: http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-027.cfm

Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez: http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-026.cfm

You can take action - http://justiceforimmigrants.org/take-action/action-alerts/
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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 number of Catholics from our Diocese, to include the youth and young adults, who prepare to stand in solidarity and voice their support for the protection of all life. I look forward to celebrating Mass with our young people prior to their attendance at the March for Life. Their presence and commitment assures me that our younger generations will continue to be the voice for the most vulnerable of our society.” “May God bless you and may the Holy Spirit move all to see the value in life from conception until natural death.” [post_title] => Bishop DiLorenzo Issues Statement on the 2017 March for Life [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-dilorenzo-issues-statement-on-the-2017-march-for-life [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-03 11:56:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-03 16:56:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://richmonddiocese.org/?p=102834 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 102445 [post_author] => 12 [post_date] => 2017-01-19 15:58:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-19 20:58:32 [post_content] => Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo and Bishop Michael Burbidge issued the following statement today about Virginia’s continued use of the death penalty: Read here. [post_title] => Bishops' Statement on Death Penalty [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishops-statement-on-death-penalty [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-30 15:00:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-30 20:00:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://richmonddiocese.org/?p=102445 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 101193 [post_author] => 5 [post_date] => 2016-10-13 15:21:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-10-13 15:21:28 [post_content] =>

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.

Severe flooding brought on by swollen rivers continues to cause problems here in parts of the United States. Many people, even in inland communities, have been forced out of their homes and at least 20 people have lost their lives. The island nation of Haiti once again faces hardship, disease and untold loss of life. More than a million Haitians are desperate for humanitarian help which now includes warnings of a cholera crisis. Our Office of Social Ministry is in close contact with our Haitian partners and monitoring developments carefully, especially in the Diocese of Hinche, our sister diocese.

I have invited all parishes to hold a special second collection to help with relief efforts in the U.S. and in Haiti within the next few weeks. Your contributions will be divided, with 75 percent going to Catholic Relief Services for humanitarian aid to Haiti and 25 percent assisting relief efforts in our country through Catholic Charities USA.

Please join me in praying for all those who have lost their lives or are coping with the loss of loved ones and homes, and for our emergency responders working to assist all in rescue and recovery efforts. Let us ask for the intercession of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the Patron Saint of Haiti, to strengthen and protect those most in need.

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Contact: Deborah Cox dcox@richmonddiocese.org or (804) 622-5161.

See the statement in pdf here.

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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 march. I pray for those officers, who sacrificed their lives to protect the peace, their families, and for the city of Dallas. Yesterday, I appealed to the people of our Diocese to turn our hearts and minds to Jesus Christ for strength, compassion and mercy in the wake of deep concern about two shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. Today I once again urge all to pray continually for peace throughout all the communities in our great nation. Let us pray that future demonstrations are peaceful and we continue to work as a people toward mutual respect, dignity and justice. May God comfort the brokenhearted, and let peace prevail! I invite all to consider this 800-year-old prayer of St. Francis, which is fitting today.

Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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Contact: Deborah Cox: dcox@richmonddiocese.org or (804) 622-5161

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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 us turn our hearts and minds to Jesus Christ for strength, compassion and mercy. It is through Him that we will find hope and peace.” “In this Year of Mercy, may we all continually pray for peace in our country. It is my hope that the demonstrations across our nation remain peaceful and they encourage mutual respect and dignity for all. May God comfort all the individuals, their families and communities affected by these recent events and that a fair, just and peaceful resolution is found." See the pdf here.

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Contact: Deborah Cox: dcox@richmonddiocese.org or (804) 622-5161

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Diocese hires Cemetery Management Company,

Announces New Office of Cemeteries

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo has authorized the Diocese of Richmond to hire Catholic Management Services, a strategic planning and professional services firm, to restore, maintain and make financially viable almost 60 cemeteries, mausoleum and columbaria within the Diocese of Richmond. CMS, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif. specializing in providing business planning services to revitalize cemetery operations. After successfully revitalizing the Diocese of Oakland cemeteries, CMS was hired by other dioceses to share its expertise in cemetery management. It serves the Dioceses of Sacramento, Spokane, Detroit and Saginaw, among others, and has recently expanded operations by opening an office to service the eastern region of the United States. Under the new arrangement, CMS’s first order of business will be to hire a director for the Diocese’s newly created Office of Cemeteries to manage and maintain its burial sites and to work with parishes to raise awareness of this ministry of consolation. See the job posting here. The Diocese’s new initiative will represent a paradigm shift, bringing into focus the role of cemeteries and other burial sites as sacred places of Catholic outreach, education and evangelization. At the same time, the initiative is designed to restore cemeteries to fiscal health, many of which are financially struggling. “We believe that providing well-maintained, financially sound cemeteries and other burial sites will better enable our Diocese to evangelize what we as Catholics believe about the care and respect we show to our deceased loved ones,” said Bishop DiLorenzo. “CMS and our new Office of Cemeteries will serve as a vital resource to our parishes and parishioners in this important time. In addition, financially sound cemeteries will bring in additional resources to suppo rt this ministry.” The Catholic Church teaches that the human body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. The Canon law of the Church defines cemeteries and other sites as sacred places of repose for the body until the final resurrection. Because of this belief, the Church requires its dioceses and parishes to maintain cemeteries, mausoleums, and columbaria in virtual perpetuity. Church buildings and grounds, however, are fluid: closures, remodeling and expansions occur due to the changing demographics and pastoral needs of the parish. In response, the Diocese implemented a new policy, endorsed by the diocesan Priests Council in January of this year, prohibiting new construction of cemeteries, etc. within close proximity of church buildings. In 2014 CMS began an extensive assessment, including visits, to nearly all 24 parish and regional cemeteries, 33 columbaria and 3 mausoleums located throughout the Diocese. The assessment showed inconsistencies in policies, procedures, pricing and maintenance of cemeteries and columbaria and indicated these parishes would benefit from guidance and recommendations for best practices to better address the challenges they face today. Some of these locations present financial liability issues because they have inadequate endowment funds to provide for their perpetual care. The assessment also revealed pastoral concerns about how and where cemeteries and columbaria are being located, as well as an opportunity to educate families about the rich liturgical tradition of the Catholic Church and Christian burial. The results of this assessment was presented to the Priests Council upon its completion. Earlier this year, pastors and parish staff were invited to presentations at three locations throughout the Diocese to discuss the role of the new Office of Cemeteries and the Diocese’s hiring of Catholic Management Services.

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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 redirected state tax dollars away from Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry, and toward community health centers that provide primary care to women and their families. This legislation had been introduced by Del. Ben Cline, R- Rockbridge. Surrounded by Planned Parenthood supporters at a veto ceremony outside the Governor's Mansion this morning, Gov. McAuliffe said his actions protected the rights and dignity of Virginia women - when, in fact, his actions harm the dignity of the women deceived by the multi-billion dollar abortion industry as well as the tiniest females, those still in the womb whose lives are brutally eliminated by abortion. Despite its deceptive talking points about caring for women's health, Planned Parenthood performs less than 2% of women's cancer screenings nationwide, and provides no mammograms whatsoever. It offers, instead, the opposite of health care - conducting almost 17 times more abortions than birth-oriented services and aborting 160 children for every 1 child it refers for adoption. Planned Parenthood is responsible for nearly 900 abortions every day, a third of all abortions in the U.S. And yet, despite the fact that most Americans don't want their tax dollars to pay for other people's abortions, Planned Parenthood received half-a-billion dollars in taxpayer funding in its most recently reported fiscal year. It received this money despite extensive evidence that it illegally profited from the transfer of fetal tissue harvested during abortions. The Virginia Catholic Conference upholds the timeless truth that every human being, born and unborn, has an equal right to life. The Conference finds Gov. McAuliffe's pride in protecting an organization that destroys life and harms women and their families deeply offensive.  We will continue to fight for the day when Virginia law protects all human life, at every stage of development, from conception until natural death. The Virginia Catholic Conference represents the public policy interests of Virginia's Catholic bishops and their two dioceses. 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