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The Diocese of Richmond, Virginia, says it has received allegations of child sexual abuse against Father Walter Lewis, a retired priest.

Retired priest in Diocese of Richmond accused of sex abuse against a minor

Jul 24, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Father Walter Lewis was immediately removed ministry, the diocese said. Read more

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, Va.

Richmond Catholic diocese to pay $6.3 million in abuse settlements

Oct 16, 2020

The Diocese of Richmond is set to pay a total of $6.3 million in settlements to more than 50 victims... Read more

Bishop Barry Knestout. Photo Courtesy of Archdiocese of Washington

As Richmond diocese marks 200 years, bishop calls for ‘new springtime’

Jul 21, 2020

Bishop Barry Knestout of Richmond, Virginia celebrated the 200th anniversary of the diocese with a call to reflect on grace... Read more

Monstrance for adoration, stock photo.

Virginia parish to hold holy hour against planned black mass

Jan 22, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

A parish in Chesapeake, Virginia will host a Holy Hour of Reparation on Saturday to spiritually combat a scheduled black... Read more

Bishop Barry Knestout. Photo Courtesy of Archdiocese of Washington

Catholic parish will not host Episcopalian consecration

Jan 17, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia will no longer hold an episcopal consecration and ordination at a Catholic parish in... Read more

Bishop Barry Knestout. Photo Courtesy of Archdiocese of Washington

‘An act of charity’: Virginia bishop defends parish hosting Episcopalian consecration

Jan 15, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Bishop Barry Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond has issued a statement responding to concerns that a local parish church... Read more

Opening Mass for the synod of bishops on the family Oct. 8, 2015.

Richmond diocese to stop naming buildings after bishops

Jun 28, 2019

In the wake of recent sexual abuse scandals throughout the U.S., the Diocese of Richmond has announced that it will... Read more

Dashae Wade (L) and Candace Grimes attend a memorial service at Piney Grove Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, Va., June 2, 2019.

Bishops lament Virginia Beach killings

Jun 3, 2019

After 12 people were killed Friday by a gunman in Virginia, the local bishop offered his prayers for all those... Read more

Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, Virginia.

Virginia dioceses pledge to cooperate with attorney general

Oct 29, 2018

In a statement released last Wednesday and repeated at Masses over the weekend, Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of... Read more

Tim Kaine.

Catholic marriage won't change, bishop says after Tim Kaine comments

Sep 13, 2016

Soon after Democratic vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine suggested the Catholic Church would change on same-sex marriage, the Bishop of Richmond... Read more