Khizr and Ghazala Khan spoke out because the welcome they felt when they immigrated to the United States nearly four decades ago is being eroded by this year's presidential campaign.
Kaine, a U.S. Senator and former governor of Virginia, was announced Friday night as presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's running mate.
Amid his vetoes of several bills passed by the Virginia Legislature, Gov. Terry McAuliffe "made three decisions that contradict life and liberty at their core," said the state's Catholic bishops.
Commentary: As we reflect on the suffering and death of Jesus at the hands of the state, the death penalty remains a profound injustice.
Virginia's bishops called on Catholics in the state's two dioceses to step up to change the debate about the use of the death penalty.
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington said it was time to shift the conversation from who should be executed and how to execute people to why the death penalty continues to be applied, especially when other means to protect society without taking a human life exist.
Highlighting the life, suffering and enduring hope of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave, Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin Holley called for reflection and action to combat modern-day slavery during his homily on the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking on Sunday.
An unexpected gift from overseas weighing several hundred pounds arrived a week before Christmas for a Maryland family.
Minutes into a Dec. 18 impromptu Christmas party in the St. Joan of Arc parish hall in Aberdeen, the father of St. Joan of Arc School third-grader Mia Benitez and Maddox, a kindergartner, came striding out of the kitchen.
Virginia's two Catholic bishops have urged the state's lawmakers to enact health care reforms "that cover everyone and protect everyone, born and unborn."
A statement issued Friday by Bishops Francis DiLorenzo of Richmond and Paul Loverde of Arlington was prompted by the Virginia General Assembly's ongoing debate over health care reform during a special session on the state budget.
According to the Associated Press, one of the issues facing law makers is what to do about Medicaid expansion, which has resulted in an impasse, delaying passage of a state budget.
"Gay and lesbian individuals share the same capacity as heterosexual individuals to form, preserve and celebrate loving, intimate and lasting relationships," the judge said.