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Bishops pledge full support for pope's environmental message

...thanksgiving the Holy Father's much-awaited encyclical," said Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz, Juneau Bishop Edward Burns and Fairbanks Bishop Chad Zielinski in a joint statement following the encyclical's release."At the heart of "Laudato...
Burns named to national Catholic service board

Local Catholic leader Bishop Edward Burns will have the opportunity to have a worldwide impact. Burns was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for Catholic Relief...
My Turn: 'Coming out' on pot less-than-human (I'm supposed to call myself a cannabis consumer). Yet, when I read the words of Bishop Edward Burns in Sunday's Juneau Empire, I knew in his mind exactly what I was - a lazy, worthless, brain-diseased stoner...
A testimony which cries out

As Christians approach Holy Week and the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter, I'm struck by this paradox: The memory of the victims of persecution and martyrdom endures, while the memory and even the names of their persecutors are not remembered.
My Turn: Dedicated, committed women at the service of others

Since 1980 there has been a bronze statue of a Catholic sister, Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart, in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.
A Bishop's Perspective: Legalizing marijuana is wrong for many reasons

This November there are several initiatives on the general election ballot for voters to decide on. It is important that all of us as citizens to carefully and thoughtfully cast our votes on issues that will affect the greater good.
My Turn: Discussing the importance of family

For the past two weeks, a worldwide Synod (or meeting) of Catholic bishops in Rome has been front-page news here in the United States and abroad.
Photo: Chrism Mass

Bishop Edward Burns, center, leads a Diocesan Chrism Mass with all the priests of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Juneau (Southeast Alaska) at the...
Two little words - 'The Shrine'

...Alaska and the world. It's like a magnet: The Shrine pulls people toward it and the same was true for me.Bishop Edward Burns hired me last June to be the executive director, and I accepted without ever setting a toe in Alaska. There was something...
Around Town for Friday, Nov. 22

...on Pastoral Challenges to the Family, 7:30 p.m., St. Paul the Apostle Church. An open discussion with Bishop Edward Burns and members of the 2013 Diocese of Juneau Synod on the Vatican's current survey. All are welcome.


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