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Tweet from Bishop Burbidge on the mosque shooting in New Zealand

This massacre was rooted in blinding hate and religious bigotry...

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Statement from Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on the death of Monsignor Frank Mahler

With the clergy, consecrated religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Arlington, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Monsignor Frank Mahler early this morning at the Little Sisters of the Poor residence in Richmond...

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Arlington Catholic Herald

Diocese bids farewell to Msgr. Mahler

March 21, 2019

“It was one of Msgr. Mahler’s greatest joys to celebrate Mass, to preach the Gospel and to forgive sins. If we think about it, this is his last priestly act — he gathers all of us today around this altar, united with God’s Holy Mass and his brothers and sisters in Christ,” said Bishop Burbidge in his closing remarks.

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The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act: Clearly and critically needed

March 1, 2019

Sen. Kaine’s comments serve as a distraction to what the bill provides: concrete protections for extremely vulnerable infants who survive an abortion. If we cannot all agree that these most vulnerable children deserve specific protections under the law, then who does deserve such protections? In their joint statement after the vote, Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and Richmond Bishop Barry C. Knestout stated they were “dismayed and outraged that Virginia’s U.S. Senators Warner and Kaine voted against this critical lifesaving legislation."

Pope Francis portrait

Only those who leave behind their earthly attachments in order to set out will find the mystery of God.