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My Turn: What we can do about violent religious persecution

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.
A Bishop's Perspective: Serving others builds a strong community

Looking at the Juneau Empire earlier this week, I was moved by the photograph of an 8-year old girl playing her violin downtown.
A Bishop's Perspective: Seeking peace in a world of violence

From time to time, I notice the sound of the Alaska or Delta jetliners that fly overhead on their departure or arrival at our airport.
A Bishop's Perspective: The cry of Christians in Iraq

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.
A Bishop's Perspective: Immigration reform urgently needed

On the front page of Thursday's New York Times was an article entitled "Border Centers Struggle to Handle Onslaught of Young Migrants", which reported on the growing number of unaccompanied children and young people who have been apprehended crossing illegally into the United States from Mexico. The arrest and detention of so many children and young people has put great strains on the Border Patrol and other federal and state agencies responsible for protecting minors in detention from violence and exploitation, while providing them with shelter, food and sanitation.
Bishop's Perspective: The importance of fathers

As we prepare for Father's Day next Sunday, I recently read about the discovery of a kind of ancient "Father's Day card," a clay tablet almost 3,000 years old found in the ruins of the city of Babylon in present day Iraq.
A Bishop's Perspective: The balance of work and rest

Now that Memorial Day weekend is upon us and we are approaching the month of June, many of us are either taking some time off or planning on doing so this summer.
A Bishop's Perspective: Holding on to hope in the midst of sorrow

Like many of you, I was shocked and saddened to learn the tragic news of two Alaskan State Troopers killed in the line of duty on May 1. Such an event is reminiscent of the unfortunate deaths of the two police officers in Hoonah a couple of years ago.
Defining 'medically necessary' is necessary

The title of Alaska House Bill 173 is: "An Act defining 'medical necessary abortion' for purposes of making payments under the state Medicaid Program." Opponents of the bill see it as an underhanded attempt to limit choice.
A Bishop's Perspective: The heart of a community

This weekend, Juneau is hosting the statewide conference of the Knights of Columbus, an international Catholic men's spiritual, fraternal and charitable service organization.


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