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Public Messages

Statement from Bishop Burbidge on Notre Dame Cathedral Fire

It is painful to see such a historic and time tested cathedral burn and suffer extensive damage. While it is appropriate to mourn the loss of this great cathedral, we must remember that the value of the Cathedral of Notre Dame is measured by what happened inside it...

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Bishop Burbidge welcomes the appointment of Archbishop Wilton Gregory as the new archbishop of Washington

With fraternal joy, I look forward to collaborating with Archbishop Gregory in his future ministry as chief shepherd of the Archdiocese of Washington, and I assure him and all of the faithful of the Archdiocese of Washington of the prayers of God’s people in the Diocese of Arlington...

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Diocesan Press Releases

Living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday: Visual portrayal of Jesus on the way to Calvary

On Friday, April 19, several parishes of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington will offer Living Stations of the Cross (or Via Crucis en Vivo). The Living Stations consist of a visual portrayal of Jesus on the way to his crucifixion. The procession and veneration are in Spanish, English or both.....

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USCCB: President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Issues Statement on Notre Dame Cathedral Fire

Monday, April 15, 2019

Amidst the devastating fire taking place at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Pairs, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement to the people of Paris...

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Holy Thursday 2019

Arlington Catholic Herald

Bishop Burbidge washes the feet of seminarians on Holy Thursday

April 19, 2019

On the night he was betrayed, Jesus took time to share the Passover meal with his disciples. He washed their feet, showing them how to be a true leader. He broke bread, blessed it and gave it to them, asking them to do this always in his memory. And he tried to prepare them for what was to come...

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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

Christ, out of love, sacrificed himself completely in order to save you. His outstretched arms on the cross are the most telling sign that he is a friend who is willing to stop at nothing. #HolyWeek