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Statement from Bishop Burbidge regarding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, celebrated on Monday, January 21, is an opportunity to join in faith and remember his lasting legacy as one who relied upon faith and prayer to guide him in the fight against racism and bigotry...

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Statement from Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on the publishing of Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking

Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking is a welcome resource in the Diocese of Arlington. It addresses two of the most distressing and tragic realities of the 21st century: human trafficking and the enduring scourge of slavery...

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Statement from Bishop Burbidge for March for Life and Life is VERY Good 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, the month of January provides us with opportunities to express our belief in the dignity and value of all human life and to provide public witness that we will not be silent when injustices like abortion continue to have a place in our society....

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Diocesan Press Releases

USCCB: President Trump Announces Commitment to Uphold Pro-Life Laws

January 18, 2019

Today, President Trump reiterated his enduring support for pro-life laws or policies. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chairman of the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities responded with the following statement...

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VCC CALL TO ACTION: Stop Virginia lawmakers from ratifying Equal Rights Amendment

January 4, 2019

The 2019 Virginia General Assembly session starts January 9th. We are seeing an increasing push to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), used by pro-abortion advocates in other states to require tax-payer funded abortions.Act now to stop these efforts. The Equal Rights Amendment hurts women - both born and unborn.


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Arlington Catholic Herald

Dr. King’s legacy reminds us to do what's right, says Bishop

January 13, 2019

In his homily, Bishop Burbidge spoke about King’s legacy. “Inspired by the teachings of Jesus and the words of our forefathers, Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of a world in which we would live as one holy family in one nation under God with liberty and justice for all,” he said. “He knew that for these realities to be more than a dream, we must be willing in word and action to stand up and protect the sacredness of all human life at every stage; to defend the dignity of each and every person without exception; to never tire of eradicating any form of racism or bigotry; and to respond in love and compassion to the weak and vulnerable in our midst."

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Knights of Columbus donate 1,000th ultrasound to Manassas free clinic

January 14, 2019

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O Wisdom from the mouth of the Most High, you fill the whole world. With strength and gentleness you order all things: come to teach us the way of prudence.