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During the week of June 19, the leaders of the self-governing Orthodox churches worldwide gathered on the island of Crete for the first global Council of the Orthodox Church in more than 1,000 years. Dr. Paul Gavrilyuk, who attended as an external correspondent for the Press Office of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, joins Tim Reidy and Kerry Weber to discuss the historic event in the Orthodox Church.

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Father Bryan Massingale, professor of theology at Fordham University, reflects on issues of race and police brutality in the aftermath of two more shootings that have shocked the nation and why the Catholic Church is in a special position to do something about these continuing problems.

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Rhona Tarrant, America's Dublin correspondent, joins Tim Reidy and Ashley McKinless to discuss reactions from Ireland to the U.K.'s referendum to leave the European Union.

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Dan Barry is a national columnist and reporter for The New York Times and the author of a new book, The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland. The book tells the story of dozens of men with intellectual disability who spent decades working at an Iowa turkey-processing plant, living in an old schoolhouse, and enduring exploitation and abuse—before finding justice and achieving freedom.

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Dr. Jacob Kohlhaas, assistant professor of moral theology at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, talks with Tim Reidy and Sam Sawyer, S.J., about his upcoming article on lessons for families from Scripture, as part of our continuing series, “The Living Word: Scripture in the Life of the Church,” a multiyear, multiplatform joint project of America Media and A.B.S. to promote deeper popular engagement with the Bible. 

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Bishop Robert McElroy of the Diocese of San Diego talks with Tim Reidy and Ashley McKinless about the president's visit to Hiroshima and the future of nuclear weapons. 

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Dr. Phyllis Zagano, the author or editor of 20 books in religious studies, including ground-breaking work on the history and theology of women ordained as deacons, talks with Matt Malone, S.J., and Tim Reidy about the pope's recent comments about commissioning a study on the role of women deacons in the church. 

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Sean Salai, S.J., a contributing writer to America, talks about his new book, "What Would Pope Francis Do?" where he uses a personal story to illustrate the theme of joy from “The Joy of the Gospel” (“Evangelii Gaudium”) by Pope Francis.

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In an interview with chief correspondent Kevin Clarke, San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy proposes a diocesan synod as an on-going process, not an event, that will serve as an opportunity for spiritual renewal, reflection and “meaningful lay input into important sets of decisions within the governance of the diocese.”

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What can the Catholic Church learn from the Black Lives Matter movement? Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, IL, talk with Matt Malone, S.J., and Tim Reidy about his new pastoral letter, "The Catholic Church and The Black Lives Matter Movement: The Racial Divide in the United States Revisited" which is excerpted in the May 16, 2016 issue of America

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