Among the many joyful customs associated with Christmas in our own country and around the world, I'm thinking this Christmas of Las Posadas.
This week's temporary closure of the Glory Hole emergency shelter and soup kitchen is a reminder of how precarious the lives of some of our friends, relatives and neighbors continue to be.
On Wednesday of this past week, I was walking home at the end of the workday and after attending to some errands downtown when I was stopped by a gentleman along Egan Highway just beyond the Hanger.
This coming Wednesday, Oct. 1, is an important day for the Catholic Church in Alaska and for the Diocese of Juneau. On this day we celebrate the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, the saint who has been the patroness of our state and diocese since 1919.
It was 11:30 p.m. and I had just finished watching the evening news before going to bed when the telephone rang. At that time, I was stationed at Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington, Pennsylvania.
The horrific videotaped beheadings last month of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff have become emblematic of the ruthless barbarism of the so-called Islamic State and its fighters and supporters.
On a recent conference call with all the priests of the Diocese of Juneau, we were discussing the need to readjust the salaries of the priests depending on where in Southeast Alaska they are assigned due to the difference of food prices.
Looking at the Juneau Empire earlier this week, I was moved by the photograph of an 8-year old girl playing her violin downtown.
This past June 15 was the first time in at least 1,600 years the Sunday Mass was not celebrated anywhere in Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq.
Earlier this week, the Vatican called on Muslim leaders to speak out against the "barbaric" and "unspeakable criminal acts" of the Islamic State in Iraq.
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