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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

Super Bowl champion’s rallying cry: ‘Do not be afraid to witness to the faith in the public square’

March 9, 2019

Themed “Power Within: The Secret Strength of a Deeper Interior Life,” the annual diocesan men’s conference featured keynote speaker Matt Birk, a Super Bowl champion and pro-life advocate, and Father Donald Haggerty, the erstwhile spiritual director of Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity.

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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.