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Statements and Press Releases

Statement by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on World Day of the Poor

November 10, 2022
On Sunday, November 13, the Catholic Church will observe the sixth annual World Day of the Poor, initiated by Pope Francis to help Catholics refocus their lives to what truly matters as followers of Christ. For as St. Paul reminds us in his second letter to the Corinthians, “For your sakes Christ became poor.” (cf. 2 Cor 8:9) .

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Statement by Bishop Burbidge on National Migration Week 2022

 September 2022
As we reflect on the difficult, often heart-breaking circumstances confronting so many migrants-including refugees, immigrants, and victims and survivors of human trafficking-may we continue to welcome them to our diocese and include them among our prayers.

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News and Announcements

Out of Afghanistan: The Church helps refugees

Searching for More podcast host Billy Atwell sits down with Stephen Carattini, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington and Hekmatullah Latifi, Senior Employment Specialist and Cultural Liaison for Catholic Charities as they talk about the incredible work Catholic Charities is doing to help resettle Afghans locally.

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Arlington Catholic Herald

Ukrainian, Afghan refugees welcomed for first Thanksgiving at parishes

November 17, 2022

At Thanksgiving — the robustly American tradition of a day dedicated to gratitude, complemented by bountiful meals and gathered relatives — it’s not difficult for immigrants and the needy to feel excluded. But in the Arlington diocese, numerous parishes are working to give more people a place at the holiday table.

In the News

Virginia School's Spanish Immersion Program Begins in Kindergarten

NBCWashington, October 18, 2022
St. Ambrose Catholic School in Annandale, Virginia, is giving kids a head start with a new dual-language Spanish immersion program.

With heating costs expected to spike, charities anticipate more people needing help

WTOP News, September 26, 2022
According to the NEADA, the cost of heating a home with electricity, compared with last winter, will be up 6.9% — an average of around $86 a bill.

Young Afghan refugees adjust to new norms - especially for girls

The74, September 11, 2022
A year after the Taliban seized power, Afghan students who fled to the U.S., some with limited education, soak up culture, language and opportunity.

Catholic Charities helping those struggling to make ends meet

EWTN News In Depth, August 12, 2022
Video: As Americans across the country struggle to make ends meet, many depend on Catholic Charities USA for assistance to survive record-setting inflation and sky-high rent.

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“I had saved up $3,000 that kept me going for just a couple months. It was not enough. It was the most stressful thing I’ve ever gone through in my entire life. I’ve never had to deal with anything like this.”