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Statements and Press Releases

Statement from Bishop Michael F Burbidge in recognition of Poverty Awareness Month

January 3, 2023
Each January, we observe Poverty Awareness Month as a way to bring light to those who are in desperate need of fundamental human necessities, often left to suffer in the shadows of society. In Virginia alone, more than 10% of our population lives in poverty. 

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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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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

Former flight nurse landed among seniors

January 16, 2023

Anne Coyne (pictured left) retired once before. After 29 years in the U.S. Air Force, she had “maxed out” her career, she said. Now she’s ready to retire again after directing St. Martin de Porres Senior Center in Alexandria for five years.

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.

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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.”