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Lifting the General Dispensation from the Obligation to Attend Mass

6/2/21
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Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Governor Northam’s Signature of Abortion Expansion Legislation

3/12/21

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond issued the following statement on Governor Northam’s signature of legislation that drastically expands abortion coverage in Virginia: “Governor Northam has crossed yet another tragic threshold by inserting abortion without limits into Virginia’s health benefits exchange. We…

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Bishop Barry C. Knestout Statement on Little Sisters of the Poor Announcing a Buyer for St. Joseph’s Home in Henrico County

3/2/21

For Immediate Release: March 2, 2021 The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout has released the following statement: “In October 2019, the Little Sisters of the Poor announced that they had made the difficult decision to withdraw from St. Joseph Home in Henrico. Mother Jeanne Mary promised that the sisters would not leave until everything had…

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

2/11/21

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 from Bishop Knestout in Response to Today’s Released Vatican Report Regarding Theodore E. McCarrick

11/10/20

For Immediate Release: November 10, 2020 (RICHMOND, Va.) – Earlier today, the Vatican published an extensive report following an investigation of Theodore McCarrick, former cardinal of the Catholic Church (1930-2017). In response, Bishop Barry C. Knestout has issued the following statement: “I express my deepest gratitude to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for ordering the…

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Statement from Bishop Knestout on the Appointment of Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory to the College of Cardinals

10/26/20

October 26, 2020 I offer warm congratulations to Cardinal-designate Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, on his elevation to the College of Cardinals. Through this appointment, the Holy Father has named the first African American a cardinal, which is a significant event in the life of the universal Church. I am praying for the continued…

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Catholic Diocese of Richmond Begins Review into Allegations Against Four Retired or Inactive Priests

6/8/20

For immediate release June 8, 2020 Catholic Diocese of Richmond Begins Review into Allegations Against Four Retired or Inactive Priests (RICHMOND, Va.) – The Catholic Diocese of Richmond announced today (June 8), it has begun a review into allegations of child sexual abuse involving four retired or inactive priests. None of the accused priests are…

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La celebración de misas públicas se reanuda en la diócesi de Richmond

5/15/20

Información actualizada El 14 de mayo de 2020, los líderes locales de la ciudad de Richmond y del condado de Accomack solicitaron una demora de dos semanas para entrar en la primera fase, el Gobernador Northam enmendó la Orden Ejecutiva 62 para retrasar la reapertura de estas jurisdicciones hasta el viernes 29 de mayo de…

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Bishop Knestout Writes Letter to the Faithful in Regard to COVID-19

3/16/20

UPDATED March 17, 2020 Bishop Barry C. Knestout has prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people for any ministry within the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. This is an updated directive from the March 16 press release issued by the diocese in light of Governor Ralph Northam’s press conference on Tuesday, March 17, in which he…

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Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Passage of Abortion Bills

1/31/20

January 29, 2020   Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond issued the following statement on the passage of companion abortion bills yesterday and today by the Virginia House of Delegates (HB 980) and the Virginia Senate (SB 733) respectively: We ask all…

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