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Bishop Barry C. Knestout Statement Following the Establishment of Juneteenth as a Federal Holiday

6/19/21

For Immediate Release: June 19, 2021 Bishop Barry C. Knestout Statement Following the Establishment of Juneteenth as a Federal Holiday “The legislation signed by President Biden that establishes Juneteenth as a federal holiday is an occasion for all in our country to recognize the many people who sacrificed, suffered and fought to extend freedom in…

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U.S. Bishops’ Migration Chairman on the Observance of World Refugee Day (June 20)

6/18/21

June 18, 2021 WASHINGTON— For the last twenty years, World Refugee Day (June 20) has been observed annually in the United States and around the world to increase awareness of the plight of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. The United States has resettled an all-time low number of refugees during the last three consecutive…

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Bishop Chairmen Welcome Supreme Court Decision Protecting Freedom to Serve

6/18/21

June 18, 2021 WASHINGTON – Three chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) responded to yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. The statement of Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development; Cardinal Timothy M….

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U.S. Bishops Conduct Canonical Consultation on Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Marinus (Leonard) LaRue

6/18/21

June 18, 2021 WASHINGTON — At their annual spring Plenary Assembly, the bishops of the United States held a canonical consultation on the cause of beatification and canonization of the Servant of God Marinus (Leonard) LaRue, professed Brother of the Order of Saint Benedict (O.S.B.). Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee, chairman of the U.S….

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U.S. Bishops to Meet Virtually June 16-18; Assembly to Be Livestreamed and Live-Tweeted

6/8/21

June 8, 2021 WASHINGTON — The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather virtually for the 2021 Spring General Assembly on June 16-18. Earlier this year, the bishop-members of the USCCB voted to approve the convocation of this year’s June meeting in a virtual format in light of the challenges posed to meeting…

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World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests Emboldens Priests to Embrace the Cross for the Sake of the Gospel

6/7/21

June 7, 2021 WASHINGTON – The World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests will be marked by the universal Church on June 11. This celebration was established by Pope John Paul II in 2002 and occurs annually on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. On this day, the Church encourages priests…

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Ordination to the Priesthood of Thomas Lawrence

6/6/21

Bishop emphasizes service at ordination Mass by Brian Olszewski, Catholic Virginian Editor Photos: Mark Gormus/Catholic Diocese of Richmond If there were any questions about what kind of man Bishop Barry C. Knestout ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Richmond, Saturday, June 5, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond, his parents provided…

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Lifting the General Dispensation from the Obligation to Attend Mass

6/2/21
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U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman Reacts to President’s Removal of the Hyde Amendment in Federal Budget

5/28/21

May 28, 2021 WASHINGTON— After the Biden Administration released its federal budget proposal today, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, expressed deep concerns about its proposal to eliminate the Hyde Amendment and some related pro-life provisions. The Hyde Amendment, which has been in effect since 1976 with bipartisan support, prohibits the use of federal funds for…

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Catholic Diocese of Richmond Establishes Reintegration Plan for Parishes as Diocese Eases COVID-19 Mandates

5/27/21

For Immediate Release: May 27, 2021 Catholic Diocese of Richmond Establishes Reintegration Plan for Parishes as Diocese Eases Social Distancing and Face Covering Mandate for Masses, Liturgical Celebrations and Social Gatherings New Protocol Effective May 28, 2021 (RICHMOND, Va.) – The Catholic Diocese of Richmond will lift most COVID-19 protocols on May 28, 2021, as…

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