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U.S. Bishop Chairmen Say Equality Act Would Discriminate Against People of Faith and Threaten Unborn Life


February 23, 2021 WASHINGTON—Five committee chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) wrote a letter to members of Congress opposing the recent reintroduction of the Equality Act (H.R. 5), which is scheduled to be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives this week. The bishops warned of the threats posed by the…

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Bishop Knestout to Participate in Intercultural Dialogue


Bishop Barry C. Knestout will participate in the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops’ “Journeying Together,” an intercultural dialogue for youth and young adults, this Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. The initiative is one of six monthly dialogue sessions convened by the USCCB’s Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church. Bishop Knestout, a member of…

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Bishop Knestout Announces Clergy Appointments


The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, bishop of the Diocese of Richmond, has announced the following appointments, effective Monday, Feb. 15, 2021: Father Francis Boateng from chaplain of Church of the Holy Apostles, Virginia Beach, and priest in residence at St. Matthew, Virginia Beach, to administrator of St. Mary, Wytheville, and St. Edward, Pulaski. Father Policarpio Lagco from parochial…

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Bishop Knestout’s Message for World Day of the Sick 2021


February 11, 2021 Bishop Knestout’s Message for World Day of the Sick 2021 “On this World Day of the Sick, we are called to pray for many of our brothers and sisters. “We pray for those who are physically ill. We not only place before our Lord those who have COVID, but we pray for…

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Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Passage of Death Penalty Abolition Legislation


February 5, 2021 Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond issued the following statement on passage of death penalty abolition legislation: “We welcome today’s vote by the Virginia House of Delegates to abolish the death penalty, as well as the vote by the…

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Catholic Diocese of Richmond Statement Regarding Shalom House Retreat Center


For Immediate Release: February 3, 2021 (Richmond, Va.) – Today, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond announced the pending sale of the Shalom House Retreat Center located in Montpelier, approximately 20 miles outside of Richmond. The 90-acre property has been used as a religious retreat facility for groups and individuals wishing to spend time in prayer…

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U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman on White House Action to Rescind Title X Rule


January 29, 2021 WASHINGTON – Yesterday, President Biden released a statement announcing his intention to rescind the current regulation governing the Title X family planning program. The current regulation follows federal law by explaining that abortion cannot be part of a Title X family planning program either by using the same office space, sharing financing,…

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Catholic Diocese of Richmond Restructures Pastoral Center Offices


To strengthen and better support the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s parishes and ethnic and college communities, Bishop Barry C. Knestout announced the restructuring of two Pastoral Center offices and the establishment of a new office, effective January 26, 2021. The Office for Evangelization will now support youth, young adult and campus ministries, and the newly…

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Diocesan Review Board Concludes Inquiry into Allegations Against Former Priest, Father Thomas Long


For Immediate Release: January 28, 2021 Diocesan Review Board Concludes Inquiry into Allegations Against Former Priest, Father Thomas Long Accusations were made in 2020 (RICHMOND, Va.) – Following a lengthy investigation by the Diocesan Review Board, Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond has determined that the allegations of child sexual abuse…

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Statement from Bishop Barry C. Knestout on the 48th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade


For Immediate Release: January 27, 2021 “As we mark the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we have many for whom to pray: For the woman faced with an unplanned pregnancy, that she will choose life for her child, and for legislative representatives that they enact legislation to protect the lives of all people —…

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