The Arlington Diocese oversees 68 parishes in 21 counties.
The Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, released the following statement on the election of Pope Francis: “Habemus Papam! I rejoice that Pope Francis has answered the Lord’s call to serve as Successor to Saint Peter, the Vicar of Christ on earth. On behalf of the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Arlington, I offer our new Pope Francis the support of our daily prayers, loyalty and fidelity. “As the white smoke billowed forth from the chimney and the bells of the Basilica began to ring jubilantly, I eagerly awaited the announcement of our new Pope. When he walked out onto the balcony, my heart was filled with joy. In his first moments as our Pontiff, I was so touched by Pope Francis’ humble petition that we …
The Catholic Diocese of Arlington oversees 68 parishes in 21 counties.
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Monday, February 11
Patch Staff Report The Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, released the following statement in response to Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement Monday that he will resign the papacy: “As I reflect on the life and ministry of Pope Benedict XVI, I am unfailingly impressed by his serenity; a quiet, peaceful yet certain manner of speaking and acting. This serenity is rooted in his deep faith in the Lord Jesus, a faith that underlies hope and leads to love of God and neighbor. His decision to resign the Petrine Ministry on February 28th reflects this spirit of serenity. “Certainly, we are deeply grateful for his eight years of faithful and selfless service so evident in his homilies, encyclicals and addresses; in his numerous trips …