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Chairman of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Committee on Pro-Life Activities Calls for National Prayer Effort that Every Human Being is Protected in Law and Welcomed in Life


July 19, 2018 WASHINGTON— Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement today inviting all people of good will to join in a prayer campaign that the change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer…

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U.S. Bishops Approved $1.4 million in Funding for Church in Africa


July 17, 2018 WASHINGTON— The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Africa has approved 54 grants totaling $1.4 million in funding to support dioceses and pastoral projects across the African continent. Projects slated to receive funding through the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa include the following: ●  In…

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Bishop Barry Knestout’s Statement regarding shooting in Annapolis, Maryland


(Richmond, VA)  Bishop Barry C. Knestout issued the following statement June 29 regarding the shooting in Annapolis, Maryland. “We in the Diocese of Richmond are united in our prayer for the victims of the shooting in Annapolis, Maryland, on Thursday. We ask our Lord to comfort and give consolation to their families and friends who…

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Bishop Barry C. Knestout’s Statement regarding reports of abuse at juvenile center


(Richmond, VA)  Bishop Barry C. Knestout issued the following statement June 22 regarding the reports of abuse at Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in Staunton. “We are greatly concerned about reports of abuse of undocumented immigrant teens that may have occurred at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in Staunton. “We support Gov. Ralph Northam and Sens….

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Reverend Michael Boehling appointed Vicar General


His Excellency, Bishop Barry C. Knestout, has appointed Reverend Michael G. Boehling, a priest of the Diocese of Richmond, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia effective July 1, 2018. Father Boehling will also continue as Vicar for Vocations. The son of the late Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Beverley Boehling, Father Boehling and his twin…

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USCCB statement from Cardinal DiNardo on Asylum Seekers and Migration


June 13, 2018 Fort Lauderdale, FL—”At its core, asylum is an instrument to preserve the right to life. The Attorney General’s recent decision elicits deep concern because it potentially strips asylum from many women who lack adequate protection. These vulnerable women will now face return to the extreme dangers of domestic violence in their home…

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Monsignor Mark Lane to Retire


The Very Reverend Monsignor Mark Richard Lane, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, will retire on July 1, 2018.  A faithful priest of the Diocese for 44 years, Msgr. Lane will continue to live and work in the area while retired from his administrative roles. Born on May…

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Priest Assignments 2018


The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, bishop of the Diocese of Richmond, has announced the following appointments, effective July 11, 2018, unless otherwise noted: Pastoral Center Administration Msgr. Mark Richard Lane from Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia to Retired Status, effective July 1, 2018. Father Michael Boehling from Vicar for Vocations and Priest Secretary to Bishop Knestout to Vicar…

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USCCB Chairmen Applaud Supreme Court’s Respect for Religious Liberty in Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision


June 4, 2018 WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case involves a Christian baker named Jack Phillips who declined in 2012 to create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony. State officials sought to compel Phillips to create such cakes under Colorado’s public…

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U.S. Bishops’ Migration Chairman Urges Administration to Keep Families Together


June 1, 2018 WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security has recently acknowledged implementation of the policy. . . of separating families arriving at the U.S./Mexico Border. Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, issued the following statement in response: “Forcibly separating children…

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