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The Passing of Francis X. DiLorenzo, 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Richmond


The Most Rev. Francis Xavier DiLorenzo, the 12th Bishop of Richmond, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond. Cause of death was heart and kidney failure. He was 75. “Today, the priests, deacons, religious and lay people of the Diocese of Richmond mourn the loss of our shepherd, who led the…

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Funeral Arrangements


Thursday, Aug. 24 at 3:00 p.m. Rite of Reception Followed by Visitation Evening Vespers at 7pm The Cathedral will open and the Bishop will lie in repose for vigil throughout the night on Thursday. The doors will remain open until 9:00 a.m. on Friday and reopen at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 25th at 11:00 a.m. Funeral…

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Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo Statement On Diocesan Response Following Aftermath in Charlottesville


(Richmond, Va.) – Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo issued the following statement: “I remain deeply saddened about the devastating events in Charlottesville over the weekend, most especially I mourn the loss of lives and the injuries of many more. Hatred, and its manifestations of racism, neo-Nazism and white supremacy, are sins against God and profoundly wound…

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Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo Statement on Events Occurring in Charlottesville


(Richmond, Va.)  – Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo issued the following statement on the actions taking place in Charlottesville: “In the last 24 hours, hatred and violence have been on display in the City of Charlottesville. I earnestly pray for peace. I invoke the prayer of St. Francis who prayed “Lord make me an instrument of…

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Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America Awards nearly $6 Million


Projects Include Pro-Life Centers, Hurricane Matthew Affected Areas July 31, 2017 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America awarded nearly $4 million in funding in the form of 244 grants to support the pastoral work of the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, and nearly $2 million…

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USCCB Chairman Mourns for Migrants Involved in Texas Tragedy


WASHINGTON—Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, has issued the following statement on San Antonio law enforcement’s identification of a tractor trailer containing 39 people, including ten individuals who died due to heat exposure and asphyxiation. Full statement follows: My brother bishops and…

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Pope Names Bishop Zarama as Bishop of Raleigh


WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop Luis Zarama, auxiliary bishop of Atlanta as Bishop of Raleigh, North Carolina. The appointment was publicized in Washington, July 5, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Bishop-designate Zarama was born November 28, 1958, in Pasto, Colombia. He holds degrees in philosophy and theology from the Marian…

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Diocese of Richmond Delegation to Convocation


Richmond, VA – The Convocation of Catholic Leaders begins in Orlando, Florida, on July 1 and finishes on July 4. The purpose of this meeting is to engage in a conversation with leaders in the Catholic Church on ways to be missionary disciples, to animate the Church, and to engage the culture. See more at…

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Pope Francis Announces “World Day of the Poor”


Vatican City – June 13, 2017 MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FIRST WORLD DAY OF THE POOR 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 19 November 2017   Let us love, not with words but with deeds   “Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in deed and in truth” (1 Jn…

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Pence addresses religious freedom at National Catholic Prayer Breakfast


By Josephine von Dohlen WASHINGTON (CNS) — Vice President Mike Pence and other speakers addressed securing religious liberty and protecting the sanctity of human life both in the United States and worldwide, particularly in the Middle East, at the 13th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington June 6. Pence spoke about President Donald Trump’s…

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