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– Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, U.S. Catholic Bishops (November 2007)
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"We call on Catholics and those concerned for the common good to continue to pray, live and speak out with charity about the true nature of marriage. The truth cannot be marginalized."
_ statement by Bishop Francis DiLorenzo and Bishop Paul Loverde
USCCB statement on marriage decision
"Jesus Christ, with great love, taught unambiguously that from the beginning marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman. As Catholic bishops, we follow our Lord and will continue to teach and to act according to this truth."
_ statement by USCB president Archbishop Joseph Kurtz
Pope Francis releases"Laudato Si:" On the Care of Our Common Home, an encyclical about caring for God's creation
Read the encyclical here
Find more about the Church's distinctive perspective and contribution to "integral ecology" - the relationship between humans and the environment in which we live here
Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness.
10 Years: Conference Marks Landmark Anniversary
Watch Jeff Caruso in this video about the last decade in Richmond
Virginia Bishops call for radical shift in Commonwealth's death penalty debate
Bishops issue statement in wake of recent General Assembly debate, arguments before U.S. Supreme Court and Pope Francis letter. See the statement by Bishops DiLorenzo and Loverde here (and in Spanish, Korean, and Vietnamese)
VA General Assembly 2015 wrap up
Success in areas dealing with death penalty, human trafficking,compensation for victims of forced sterilization. See our summary
Have you considered end-of-life issues?
See our Advance Medical Director and End-of-Life resources
- Virginia Bishops' letter on Advance Medical Directives
- Advance Medical Directive Definitions and Instructions
- Advance Medical Directive document
- Advance Medical Directive Q&A
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