Catholic schools have right to fire teachers, Supreme Court says

Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service   WASHINGTON — In a 7-2 ruling July 8, the Supreme Court said the California Catholic schools sued ...

Court rules in favor of employer exemptions to contraceptive coverage

Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service   WASHINGTON — In a 7-2 ruling July 8, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Trump administration ...

Wisconsin bishop denounces activist’s call to destroy statues of Jesus

MADISON, Wis. (CNS) — Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison June 24 denounced comments by a Black Lives Matter activist who said statues of ...

Too early to know impact of LGBT equality ruling on Church

Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — With the 6-3 Supreme Court decision June 15 banning job discrimination against individuals in ...

Court says religious schools should not be excluded from tax credit program

Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service   WASHINGTON — In a 5-4 ruling June 30, the Supreme Court said the exclusion of religious schools in ...

Court’s abortion ruling continues ‘cruel precedent,’ says bishop

Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service   WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a 5-4 decision June 29, the Supreme Court ruled that a Louisiana law ...

Tom Lawrence to be ordained a deacon

Bishop Barry C. Knestout will ordain Thomas “Tom” B. Lawrence III, son of Thomas B. Lawrence Jr. and Elsie King Miller Lawrence, a transitional ...

El Salvador native’s ministry will begin in Diocese of Richmond

Janna Reynolds, The Catholic Virginian Perseverance has been a necessity in the formation of Deacon Julio Reyes on his journey to becoming a ...

Excited about inviting people ‘to walk toward the Lord’

Brian T. Olszewski, The Catholic Virginian Seeds of a vocation can come from a variety of places and people. For Deacon Anthony Ferguson, one ...

Catechesis is about a relationship, not just information, Vatican says

Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Teaching the faith is a work of evangelization meant to lead people to a deeper relationship ...

Archbishop decries toppling of St. Junipero Serra statue

SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) — San Francisco’s archbishop said June 20 the “toppling and defacing” of a statue of St. Junipero Serra and other statues in ...

Catholics urged to pray, reflect, act to safeguard religious freedom

Leslie Miller, Catholic News Service   ARLINGTON, Va. (CNS) — The U.S. bishops are urging Catholics to “pray, reflect and take ...

Parents: Baby miraculously cured in utero, now 5, ‘has changed our life’

Andy Telli, Catholic News Service   DICKSON, Tenn. — Mikey Schachle, 5 years old, climbs onto a stump in the yard of his family’s home ...

USCCB president ‘deeply concerned’ about court’s LGBT ruling

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said he is “deeply concerned” that by ruling federal law protects ...

Bedford brotherhood makes rosaries for men

Karen Adams, Special to The Catholic Virginian “And take . . .  the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”  Eph 6:17 Twice a month, a ...

Diocese begins review of allegations against 4 priests

The Diocese of Richmond announced Monday, June 8 that it has begun a review into allegations of child sexual abuse involving four retired or ...

Long journey, outreach lead to friendship for St. Elizabeth parishioners

Kristen L. Byrd, Special to The Catholic Virginian Nene Kizenge didn’t wake up to the light of dawn but to the sound of gunshots. It was Nov. 23, ...

Bishop writes farewell letter to friend George Floyd

Gunther Simmermacher, Catholic News Service CAPE TOWN, South Africa — In a “farewell letter,” a bishop from Botswana recalled meeting and ...

‘Pain of racism cannot be ignored’

Bishop Barry C. Knestout issued the following statement on Saturday, May 30: “Like you, I have been distressed, angered and heartbroken by what ...

Cardinal implores Christians: ‘Stop rhetoric of hatred’

Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Praying for George Floyd and all those who suffer from discrimination and violence in the ...

Anticipate greater need among the poor this summer

Brian T. Olszewski, The Catholic Virginian According to Dan Kearns, a storm is coming this summer. It’s a storm that will have great impact upon ...

Pope calls USCCB president to express solidarity, support amid turmoil in U.S.

Greg Erlandson, Catholic News Service   WASHINGTON — Pope Francis used his June 3 audience and a phone call with the president of the U.S. ...

Daughters of St. Paul provide firsthand account of looting

Christina Lee Knauss, Catholic News Service   CHARLESTON, S.C. — The four Daughters of St. Paul who live and work on Charleston’s King ...

Using 3-D printers to make ear savers, door grabbers for health care workers

Kristen L. Byrd, Special to The Catholic Virginian While COVID-19 has closed schools throughout the United States, some students are using their ...

Church, society need gifts of Holy Spirit more than ever, cardinal says

NEWARK, N.J. (CNS) — Ahead of the feast of Pentecost, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark offered a reflection on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and ...

Bishops ‘sickened’ by Floyd’s death, urge racism be met ‘head-on’

Julie Asher, Catholic News Service   WASHINGTON — The U.S. Catholic bishops said May 29 they “are broken-hearted, sickened and outraged to ...

Benedictine Father Adrian W. Harmening

A private funeral Mass was celebrated for Benedictine Father Adrian W. Harmening, Friday, May 22, at the Mary Mother of the Church Abbey, ...

Catholic school teachers honored in virtual ceremony

Catholic school teachers from across the diocese, their principals and guests gathered virtually on Wednesday, May 13 for the third annual ...

Congratulations to the High School Class of 2020

Congratulations to all of our graduates. You have overcome many challenges and we are proud of your efforts and academic successes!...

Pope clears way for beatification of Knights of Columbus founder

Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Father Michael McGivney, ...

Parishioners grateful to be celebrating Mass

Karen Adams, Wendy Klesch, Jennifer Neville, Special to The Catholic Virginian After weeks of celebrating Mass before empty pews due to the ...

For Brenda Orie, those in need ‘are part of my family’

Wendy Klesch, Special to The Catholic Virginian When Brenda Orie retired from a career in management at Newport News Shipyard in 1999, she sensed ...

Pope thanks nurses, midwives for ‘service to humanity’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The coronavirus pandemic has drawn well-deserved attention to nurses and midwives, who are among “the saints next door,” ...

PCHS student’s work earns top honors at Tidewater science fair

Jennifer Neville, Special to The Catholic Virginian As you walk along the oceanfront you might spot an oyster shell. You may simply pass it by, ...

Will co-locate with Benedictine for upcoming school year

The religious superiors of Saint Gertrude High School and Benedictine College Preparatory announced Thursday, April 30 that its two institutions ...

Bishop updates bicentennial plans

For more than 18 months leading up to 2020, the Diocese of Richmond had big plans for the commemoration of its bicentennial. It still does, but ...

Exercising precautions, parishes will welcome congregations May 23-24

Editor’s Note: On May 14, 2020, local leaders of the City of Richmond and the County of Accomack requested a two-week delay to enter Phase ...

Pope joins interreligious prayer, begging God to end pandemic

Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At a time of global “tragedy and suffering” because of the coronavirus, and in view of ...

‘Signs of hope’ in Va. Beach

Brian T. Olszewski, The Catholic Virginian With their gifts of time, talent and money, parishioners of Holy Family, Virginia Beach, have been ...

Pope hopes for COVID vaccine, supports interreligious prayer initiative

By Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Expressing his hopes for a vaccine against the coronavirus, Pope Francis also ...

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