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Bishop Knestout Statement on Inauguration of 46th President of the United States

1/20/21

January 20, 2021 “We as Catholics, no matter what our political beliefs, pray with and for our new president as he is inaugurated into office. We are one nation under God, and it is incumbent upon us, as people of faith, to entrust our leaders to God’s care. “We pray that all civic leadership can…

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Bishop Knestout Announces Appointment of New Epsicopal Vicar of Eastern Vicariate

1/20/21

Bishop Barry C. Knestout has made the following clergy appointment, effective Friday, Jan. 15, 2021: Very Rev. Eric J. Ayers, V.F., dean of Deanery 1 and pastor of Blessed Sacrament, Norfolk, has been appointed as episcopal vicar of the Eastern Vicariate. Father Ayers will continue in his current role as dean until a new dean…

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Statement from Bishop Barry C. Knestout on Martin Luther King Day 2021

1/17/21

For Immediate Release: January 18, 2021 “Today, we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose legacy is a testament to the fact that change for the good is always possible because God is always with us. “In the times of uncertainty and anxiety the nation is facing due to the…

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Catholic Diocese of Richmond Remains in Compliance with the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People”

1/14/21

For Immediate Release: January 14, 2021 RICHMOND, Va. – The Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout, bishop of Richmond, announces that the Catholic Diocese of Richmond remains in compliance with the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.” The report from the independent auditor covers the 2019-2020 audit…

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St. Vincent de Paul Statue Added to Pastoral Center Landscape

1/12/21

As the Diocese of Richmond’s bicentennial commemoration was coming to a close, a statue of the diocese’s patron saint, St. Vincent de Paul, was unveiled, dedicated and blessed outside the Pastoral Center, Tuesday, Jan. 12. The livestreamed ceremony took place on the third anniversary of Bishop Barry C. Knestout’s installation as the 13th bishop of…

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Dedication of St. Vincent de Paul Statue in Commemoration of Our Bicentennial Year

1/8/21

You’re Invited! Join Us by Livestream for this Special Event  St. Vincent de Paul Statue Dedication in Honor of our Bicentennial Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. All are welcome and invited to join His Excellency, the Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout by livestream in recognition of our Jubilee Year as we dedicate the…

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Dioceses Across the USA Participating in Nationwide Prayer Vigil For Life, January 28-29

1/8/21

WASHINGTON – Catholics across the country are encouraged to observe a nationwide prayer vigil from Thursday, January 28 to Friday, January 29, 2021 marking the 48th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion through nine months of pregnancy. Since those decisions, over 60 million abortions…

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U.S. Bishops’ President Condemns Violent Protests and Prays for Safety as Chaos Threatens U.S. Capitol

1/7/21

Immediate Release: January 6, 2021 WASHINGTON —Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued the following statement in response to today’s violence in the United States Capitol: “I join people of good will in condemning the violence today at the United States Capitol. This is not…

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Recent Allegations Against Retired Priest, Father William Dinga Jr., Renounced by Individual Accuser

12/15/20

For Immediate Release: December 15, 2020 (RICHMOND, Va.) – The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has announced today (Dec. 15, 2020) that an individual who previously came forward and accused a retired diocesan priest of child sexual abuse has recanted the accusations. The allegations were made earlier this year against Father William Dinga Jr. This recantation…

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U.S. Bishop Chairmen for Pro-Life and Doctrine Address Ethical Concerns on the New COVID-19 Vaccines

12/14/20

December 14, 2020 WASHINGTON– On December 14, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement on the new COVID-19 vaccines. In their…

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