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How the family is a 'domestic church' Print E-mail
Guest column
Thursday, Sep. 29, 2016 -- 12:00 AM
Veronica Arntz

In this four-part series discussing Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (AL), I hope to establish a clear understanding of marriage and family in the first and second parts.

In the third and fourth parts, I will clarify some confusion over the nature of the divorced and remarried and the reception of Communion, looking at the document itself.

Our next step shall be to link what we previously said about marriage to what the Church says about family.

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Jerusalem Bishop gives insights on peacemaking Print E-mail
Making a Difference
Thursday, Sep. 29, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

Recently I emailed questions to the auxiliary bishop of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Bishop William Shomali, asking him to share his first-hand insights regarding the many injustices and violent environment in the land of the Prince of Peace. He sent back a recorded audio response upon which this column is based.

Bishop Shomali said one of the most pressing problems facing Palestinians is Israeli-imposed restrictions on movement. For example, he said Palestinians living in Bethlehem or Ramallah need to obtain a permit to go just six miles to Jerusalem. And permits are only given during principle feasts. He said the ongoing illegal building of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land in the Occupied Territories is an extremely serious roadblock to a peaceful solution.

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A report from 'Baby Bishop School' Print E-mail
Word on Fire
Thursday, Sep. 29, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

For the past week, I have been sequestered at the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum in Rome, an institution about five miles west of St. Peter's Basilica.

I'm here for the Formation for New Bishops' program, more colloquially known as "Baby Bishop School." My colleagues are about 150 other bishops from around the world who have been appointed in the last 12 months.

The accommodations are fairly spartan: my room reminds me of my quarters in the college seminary, the bed is about two and a half feet wide, and there is no air conditioning. The meals, however, are tasty, and the conversations even tastier.

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