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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

Bishop encourages the sick to offer their suffering for the church

March 23, 2019

Susan McCready felt as if she was brought back in time to the hills of Galilee 2,000 years ago as she prayed during the Mass for Anointing of the Sick at St. Ambrose Church in Annandale March 23.

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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."

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