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Livestreaming, New Ways of Using Social Media Keep Parishioners Connected

7/24/20

Brian T. Olszewski, Janna Reynolds, The Catholic Virginian “Necessity is the mother of invention.” – Plato For parishes in the Diocese of Richmond, one of the “inventions” to surface as a result of COVID-19 was the use of technology in order to stay connected with parishioners once Bishop Barry C. Knestout suspended the celebration of public Masses on…

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A Renewed Call for Our Day

7/13/20

Statement of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace on the 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki August 6 and 9 mark the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the first, and one hopes the last, times that atomic weapons are employed in war. Since Pope St….

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Diocesan Bicentennial and Ordination Celebration ‘New Springtime of Faith’

7/11/20

Diocesan celebration includes ordinations of priests, deacon   Brian T. Olszewski, The Catholic Virginian   It was the 200th anniversary of the day on which the Diocese of Richmond was founded — one of the first seven dioceses in the United States. That alone was to be celebrated this day with representatives from parishes throughout the…

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Bishop Chairman Comments on Paycheck Protection Program

7/11/20

July 10, 2020   WASHINGTON –  Following the publication of a national news story on Catholic churches receiving loans through the Paycheck Protection Program, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued the following statement in response:   “The…

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At Chrism Mass, Bishop Emphasizes Transformative Power of Being Anointed by the Holy Spirit

7/10/20

Brian T. Olszewski, The Catholic Virginian   The Chrism Mass in the Diocese of Richmond was finally celebrated. Scheduled for April 6, the Monday of Holy Week, but postponed due to state-imposed restrictions for church gatherings due to COVID-19, the Mass was celebrated by Bishop Barry C. Knestout on Friday night, July 10, at the Cathedral…

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USCCB Chairmen Welcome Supreme Court Decision Preserving the Religious Liberty of Little Sisters

7/8/20

July 8, 2020 WASHINGTON – The Little Sisters of the Poor recently went to the Supreme Court of the United States again to defend their community against attempts to force Catholic religious to cooperate with immoral activities, and again, the Supreme Court has recognized their right to religious freedom. By a vote of 7-2, the…

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Chrism Mass will be Celebrated on July 10

7/1/20

Bishop Knestout will celebrate the Chrism Mass on Friday, July 10, 2020, 6 p.m., at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond. The Chrism Mass celebrates the ministry of our diocesan priests. They are invited to renew their commitment of service during Mass and receive the prayers and support from the faithful. Bishop Knestout…

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Bishop Knestout Announces Clergy Appointments

7/1/20

The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, bishop of the Diocese of Richmond, has announced the following appointments, effective August 17, 2020 (unless noted otherwise):   Pastors Father Rogelio L. Abadano from Administrator of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, Onley, to Pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church, Lovingston, and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Amherst. Father James…

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U.S. Bishops’ Religious Liberty and Catholic Education Chairmen Grateful for Supreme Court’s Decision in Blaine Amendment Case

6/30/20

June 30, 2020 WASHINGTON – Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, which challenged a decision by the Montana Supreme Court to invalidate a tax credit scholarship program because families benefiting include those who choose to send their children to religiously-affiliated…

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Catholic Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman Says Supreme Court Decision Continues Cruel Precedent of Prioritizing Abortion Business Interests Over Women’s Health and Safety

6/29/20

June 29, 2020 WASHINGTON– Today, the Supreme Court of the United States announced its decision in an abortion case out of Louisiana, June Medical Services v. Russo. The Court ruled 5 to 4 to strike down the Louisiana law that requires abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City…

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