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Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington and Bishop Barry Knestout of Richmond.

Virginia bishops warn of ‘deadly harm’ in new assisted suicide bill

Feb 7, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

The bishops’ statement called Virginia’s “Death with Dignity” bill being considered by the state Legislature a “lethal measure” that could... Read more

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

Bishops in US emphasize importance of life, Church teaching in voting guidances

Sep 25, 2020

As election day looms, Catholic bishops throughout the country are issuing pastoral guidance on how Catholics should think about their... Read more

Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam speaking in front of Alexandria City Hall, March 2019.

Virginia bishops condemn Good Friday signing of abortion bill

Apr 11, 2020

Virginia’s Catholic bishops lamented a decision by the state’s governor to sign abortion legislation passed in the Virginia legislature earlier... Read more

Crowds at the 2020 March for Life.

Virginia bishops join second annual state March for Life

Feb 13, 2020

Bishop Michael Burbidge opened the rally with a prayer, and thanked the members of the state’s Senate and House of... 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

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Virginia Catholic Conference: 'Public accountability' important in death penalty cases

Sep 24, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

The Virginia Catholic Conference has spoken in support of a lawsuit demanding that the public be able to view the entirety... Read more

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, VA.

Virginia bishops speak out over 'appalling' Senate abortion vote

Feb 27, 2019

Virginia’s two bishops issued a joint statement saying they were “dismayed and outraged” that the state’s two senators voted against... Read more

State Capital Building, Richmond Va.

Virginia bishops ‘distraught’ at abortion bill, governor’s comments

Jan 31, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond issued statements... 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