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Statements and Press Releases

Statement by Bishop Michael F. 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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Read USCCB's statement on Migrants and Refugees

March 17, 2022
Across the globe, families have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety and security...

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Read USCCB's statement on Ukraine and find ways to help

March 4, 2022
In view of the developing humanitarian crisis, I urge the U.S. government to provide all possible assistance to the people of Ukraine and to work closely with faith-based partners who are already on the ground providing emergency aid...

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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

Bishop Burbidge blesses Catholic Charities’ new refugee office in Woodbridge

September 23, 2022

Catholic Charities opened the office in May as part of its efforts to welcome Afghan refugees and humanitarian parolees. The agency has resettled more than 1,200 men, women and children since October 2021. Catholic Charities also has MRS offices in Arlington, Manassas and Fredericksburg.

In the News

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.”