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Diocesan Press Releases

Clergy Appointments 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, has announced the following clergy appointments effective on Thursday, June 27, 2019, except where noted differently...

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USCCB: U.S. Bishops’ Chairman Expresses Sorrow, Urges Prayers and Support for Recovery, After Deadly Tornadoes Hit Missouri and Storms Damage Other States in the Midwest

Friday, May 24, 2019

Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida and Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed grief over the lives lost and damage threatened by the tornadoes and storms, and offered prayers for recovery...

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Public Messages

Bishop Burbidge welcomes new universal norms issued by Pope Francis

With gratitude, I welcome Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio, Vos estis lux mundi (“You are the light of the world”), which demonstrates the pastoral concern of the entire Catholic Church for victims of sexual abuse and their families...

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Virginia Bishops’ Statement on Federal District Court Decision

In Falls Church Medical Center v. Oliver, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson’s decision now allows non-physicians to perform first trimester abortions in Virginia. Judge Hudson’s May 6, 2019 summary judgment opinion goes beyond Roe v. Wade and reveals the extreme measures that are being taken by pro-abortion groups to eliminate even common-sense restrictions on abortion....

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Arlington Catholic Herald

Listening session acknowledges the pain of racism

May 22, 2019

“We know it is a sin to discriminate against a person because of his or her race,” said Bishop Burbidge at the opening of the event. “We pray for an end to racism in all its forms and that our church may reflect the unity we are called to live while respecting the diversity of the members who make up the body of Christ.”...

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Let us remain united to the Lord Jesus through listening to the Word, through the sacraments, a life of fraternity and service to others.