- Apr 13, 2021
As the first anniversary of violence stemming from protests and counter-protests regarding the removal of Confederate monuments from Charlottesville approaches, Bishop Barry C. Knestout of Richmond asked people to pray for justice, peace and an end to racism on the Aug. 12 anniversary.
During the opening session of the USCCB fall assembly, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo said the nation seems more divided than ever, but the work of the bishops remains the same. In his address, the bishop said the conference must work in civility and love to continue to protect unborn children and also immigrants. The U.S. bishops will be meeting in Baltimore though Wednesday of this week.
The deadly events of Charlottesville this past August has prompted a national debate over monuments and statues in the United States. While many Americans view Columbus Day as a celebration of Italian-American heritage, with particular significance to U.S. Catholics, there is also a growing push to remove both the holiday bearing his name and statues of Columbus throughout the country.