By Bishop Edward J. Burns

Pope Francis: his words and actions

In recent decades, public interest in what a pope has to say has rarely gone beyond Catholic circles, but recent statements and interviews with Pope Francis have been the subject of great interest and comment outside of the Catholic world. Read more

Welcoming another travel season and its visitors

Summers can go by fast, and this summer is a perfect example. As my schedule includes travel around Southeast and beyond, as well as having a number of visitors come into town - tempus fugit - time flies. Read more

Liberty and justice for all requires the truth

No one ever wants to live an era of conflict and division and difficult choices. Two 16th century Englishmen, John Fisher and Thomas More certainly didn't. Read more

For everything there is a season

To mark the beginning of summer and to rejoice in the glory of the beautiful weather we have had, this is a good time to reflect on the blessings of these summer months. Read more

The risk of living one's faith is real

In a recent pastoral visit to our Holy Name Parish and School in Ketchikan, I spoke to a dentist, a parishioner of ours, who makes regular mission trips to poorer countries to provide dental care to the neediest of the region. Read more

My Turn: Shrine of St. Therese: A labor of love

Last Sunday evening the Jasper Quartet, as part of the Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival, performed in the chapel of the Shrine of St. Therese. Read more

Seeking Peace

Fifty years ago, on April 11, 1963, Pope John XXIII issued the encyclical "Pacem in Terris" (Peace on Earth). Read more

Welcoming a new spiritual leader

The Catholic bishops of Alaska gathered this week in Juneau for various meetings. On Wednesday we were on our way to the Juneau Radio Center to meet Ben Sherman for a half hour live interview on Action Line. Read more

The Holy Father's resignation

I was surprised to learn that Pope Benedict XVI had resigned the Papacy. While I have been aware of the possibilities in Church law that the Holy Father had the option to do so, I never really considered it would happen. Read more

Striving to be Better - Year After Year

A month ago many of us made New Year's resolutions as we began 2013 and the beginning of February is a good time to check to see how we are progressing. Read more

The darkness of 9/11 and the need for hope

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, began as a beautiful day. I was assigned to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., and I recall the sunny clear skies. It was to be a busy day for me due to a major committee meeting. Read more

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