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Bishop Robert Barron speaks to EWTN's Colm Flynn about evangelizing the culture today. October 2023.

Bishop Barron: Church should engage culture with more ‘energy, panache, and confidence’

Oct 26, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bishop Robert Barron said he regrets the Catholic Church’s “hand-wringing” in recent decades over how to share the Christian message... Read more

Bishop Robert Barron speaks to tens of thousands of young people at a World Youth Day gathering in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 2, 2023. The event, hosted by the U.S. bishops’ conference, culminated in a eucharistic procession and Holy Hour.

Word on Fire’s Bishop Barron: ‘We’ve dumbed down the faith too much for too long’

Aug 16, 2023

By Buchi Akpati

The bishop of the Winona-Rochester Diocese told EWTN Vatican’s Colm Flynn in Lisbon, Portugal, that young people “want something clear.” Read more

Priest celebrating the traditional Latin Mass at the church of St Pancratius, Rome

Bishop Barron: Latin Mass is here to stay, but new locations to be chosen

Feb 14, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

“Bishop Robert Barron ... has no intention of eliminating the celebration of the Mass in this form in the Diocese... Read more

Bishop Robert Barron spoke out against Minnesota's new abortion law after it passed Jan. 31, 2023.

Bishop Barron says Minnesota’s new abortion law is ‘the worst kind of barbarism’

Feb 2, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

“I want to share with you my anger, my frustration over this terrible law that was just signed by the... Read more

Bishop Robert Barron at Calvary Cemetery in Rochester, Minnesota, where he led a reconsecration rite on Nov. 11, 2022.

Bishop Barron reconsecrates cemetery vandalized on Halloween

Nov 17, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

One or more vandals defaced Calvary Cemetery with obscene and satanic graffiti. Read more

One or more vandals desecrated a Catholic cemetery in Rochester, Minnesota, on Oct. 31, 2022, Halloween night.

Bishop Barron, expressing ‘outrage,’ vows to reconsecrate vandalized cemetery

Nov 3, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

One or more vandals left behind vulgar messages and the words “In Satan we trust” at the diocesan Calvary Cemetery... Read more

Bishop Robert Barron. Photo courtesy of DeChant-Hughes Public Relations.

Here's what Bishop Barron said about his future with Word on Fire

Jun 3, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A new job for its founder, and controversy over its workplace culture, raise questions about the future of the Catholic... Read more

Bishop Robert Barron speaks at the Holy SeePress Office, Oct. 12, 2018.

Bishop Barron expresses 'great gratitude' for his appointment to Winona-Rochester

Jun 2, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

In a Thursday press conference, Bishop Robert Barron, newly appointed to the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, said he got on his... Read more

Bishop Robert Barron. Photo courtesy of DeChant-Hughes Public Relations.

Pope Francis appoints Bishop Barron to lead Minnesota diocese

Jun 2, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Barron, who runs the Catholic media apostolate Word on Fire, has served as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of... Read more

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona, Minn.

Winona-Rochester diocese to file for bankruptcy amid abuse lawsuits

Nov 20, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

The Diocese of Winona-Rochester will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, it was announced Sunday. Bishop John Quinn wrote a letter... Read more