A smile is such a simple gesture, yet it holds so much power. It is innately human - a universal way to convey happiness, greet one another and signal that we're nice people. Smiles communicate how we're feeling and are great for breaking the ice or awkward moments. A good-natured smile moves mountains, but if you're like the average person, it may not be perfect. And that's okay. But is it healthy?
Studies from the CDC show that 1 in 4 U.S. adults from 20 to 64 have cavities. Perhaps even more surprising is that approximately 34 million school hours are lost every year due to emergency dental care. For children, missing time could mean the difference between moving forward and being held back.
If you're one of the many people who feel ashamed about their teeth, need preventative oral care, or suffer serious issues like tooth decay, it's time to protect your teeth and gums. Luckily, Merchants Walk Dental is here to serve you with the highest quality dental work in East Cobb, from preventative care to cosmetic dentistry.
At Merchants Walk Dental, your healthy teeth and gums are our passion. Our dentists and hygienists are committed to providing you with the best dental care possible in a comfortable, stress-free setting. Since opening in 2017, we have become the premier dentist in Smyrna, GA, offering many dental services such as:
As experts, we know how important oral hygiene is for your health. We feel that it's important to go the extra mile to speak with our patients about the best practices involved with brushing, flossing, and healthy gums. We know what an impact a beautiful smile can make, which is why we are so dedicated to providing our patients with cleaner, straighter teeth than ever before.
Having served Georgia and East Cobb for years, we understand that no two patients will ever have the same needs. That's why we provide personalized services like cleanings and root canals tailored to each patient's unique needs. We also know that money doesn't grow on trees, so we accept most major dental insurance plans to ensure you can keep your teeth clean and healthy all year long.
If you're searching for an expert team of friendly dentists and hygienists, look no further than Merchants Walk Dental. We pride ourselves on the best dental care coupled with warm, engaging customer service. You can rest easy knowing you're in capable, welcoming hands whether it's your first or fortieth visit to our office.
Here at Merchants Walk Dental, we understand that getting your teeth cleaned isn't something everyone looks forward to. However, getting regular teeth cleanings performed by a trustworthy dentist is the best way to maintain a healthy smile and avoid serious oral hygiene issues. And while it's easy to avoid the dentist, doing so for too long can be bad for your overall health.
Studies have linked poor oral hygiene to serious problems like cancer, cardiovascular disease, bone loss, and strokes. If you're flossing and brushing at home twice a day, that's great. Doing so is the best way to get a leg up on critical oral hygiene problems. However, getting your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist helps ensure your teeth are thoroughly cleaned, healthy, and protected.
It's a question we get all the time - what is periodontal treatment? This treatment focuses on your gums and preventing the common diseases that attack them. When left unchecked, plaque accumulates and hardens, forming hard-to-remove tartar. This tartar irritates your gums and will eventually lead to a litany of problems like tooth decay, tooth loss, and more.
During your teeth cleaning session at Merchants Walk Dental, we'll examine your gums closely to ensure they're healthy and functional.
Each of our teeth cleaning appointments has comprehensive check-ups, including:
The only surefire way to prevent tartar buildup and, by proxy, gum disease is by brushing and flossing diligently at home. If you have been slacking on regular brushing and have not visited a dentist recently, your gums could be suffering. If you have any of the following signs of gum disease, contact Merchants Walk Dental to schedule a dental exam in Smyrna, GA:
If you have had a cavity filled before, you're not alone. Tooth decay affects more than 90% of adults over the age of 40 - a stunning statistic that, in many cases, is entirely preventable. At Merchants Walk Dental, we use composite resin fillings to keep our patient's teeth healthy and functional. Unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings are more discreet, match the color of your teeth, and are free of mercury.
While fillings can have a few uses, our doctors typically use fillings to âfillâ a part of your tooth that is decaying. This hole of decay is called a cavity. Sometimes, fillings are also used to fix broken, cracked, or worn-down teeth from grinding and nail-biting. Fillings are a great way to restore decaying teeth to their normal shape and function while preventing sensitivity and inhibiting further decay.
During your dental exam at our office in East Cobb, your dental hygienist will check for signs of cavities and tooth decay to ensure your oral hygiene remains in peak condition.
Abscesses- Without professional dental treatment, infected teeth lead to dental abscesses, which can be fatal if left untreated.
Nerve Pain- When your tooth is cracked and left without treatment, it can make its way to your nerve, resulting in extreme pain and damage.
Substantial Decay- If you leave an infection to fester without having a root canal, the infection can spread to other teeth in your mouth. If you don't address the initial signs of decay, you'll have to undergo treatment for multiple teeth.
Tooth Loss- Extensive decay and trauma often cause damage to your tooth's pulp. Our root canal treatments in Smyrna remove this infected pulp. However, if you choose to ignore the problem, the infected pulp will rot your entire tooth, causing you to lose it forever.
One mention of the word root canal can send shivers up the spine for many people. Root canals get a bad rap, but the treatment has come a long way over the last decade.
When tooth decay and infection are left to fester, it can wreak havoc on your oral hygiene. Often, root canals in cityname, GA, are the best choice for patients with extensively diseased teeth. The goal of a root canal is to save and repair teeth by removing the infection from the pulp and nerve of the tooth.
Signs of tooth decay that may require a root canal include:
When a substantial cavity threatens a person's tooth and fillings aren't working, many dentists will use crowns to fix the problem. A crown is an aesthetic cap or a tooth-shaped covering placed over another tooth or implant for stability. Typically, crowns improve appearance and strength of a patient's teeth.
Crowns are also used to restore the size and shape of damaged or chipped teeth. When used for this purpose, dental crowns are usually bonded to the tooth using dental-grade cement.
During your dental exam and cleaning, your hygienist will keep a sharp eye out for signs of tooth decay, which may require a crown. Benefits of dental crows from Merchants Walk Dental include:
Restorative dental treatments can be complicated, but dental crowns are straightforward and minimally invasive. During the process, your tooth's enamel is cleaned, and your damaged tissue is removed. Once that process is complete, we'll cast a custom crown for your tooth. While the crown is created, Dr. John Bishara or Dr. Milli Patel will provide you with a temporary crown for normal functionality.
Damaged enamel or structural damage can cause pain and sensitivity. Having a dental crown installed will help alleviate a good amount of your pain.
Our dental crowns are made with high-quality, long-lasting materials. With proper care and regular check-ups, they can withstand years of chewing, biting, and grinding.
When you lose one or more teeth, whether due to decay or another factor, it's important to fill the space where the tooth is missing. That's where dental bridges come in. Bridges are essentially fake permanent teeth used to fill holes caused by missing teeth. The false tooth is fused between two dental crowns giving it the bridge concept. Dental bridges are then typically anchored to healthy teeth using resin and cement.
The health of your teeth, their position, and the state of the surrounding bone will help our team determine if bridges are right for you. If not, dentures in Smyrna, GA, might be a better option. Dentures come in two forms: partial and complete. Dentures are best for patients who have missing teeth but aren't able to use bridges. Complete dentures all your missing teeth, while partial dentures replace one or two teeth.
Getting cosmetic dentures can be a life-changing experience. It often requires physical and emotional preparation. At Merchants Walk Dental, our team will take as much time needed to consult with and prepare you for your denture procedure.
Whether you need dental bridges or cosmetic dentures, we're here to help make your experience as seamless and stress-free as possible.
Dental implants are needed when you have missing teeth, but you cannot or will not get crowns, bridges, or dentures. Failing to replace a lost tooth will cause a bevy of problems as time goes on. For many patients, dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. With dental implants, you can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. A dental implant serves as a permanent artificial root anchored into the jawbone.
When our team puts a dental implant in place, your jawbone grafts itself to the titanium post making it as strong as your original root and tooth. The result is a natural, beautiful, fully-functional set of teeth that lasts for years.
Establishing healthy dental habits early in life is key for long-term oral health and confidence. The best way to learn those habits is at home and in a dentist's office.
At Merchants Walk Dental, our goal is to foster long-lasting relationship with the families in our community who trust us to care for their children's dental health.
When you choose Merchants Walk Dental as your child's dentist, you can rest easy knowing we treat your loved one just like ours. Our professional hygienists and experienced doctors are trained and certified to give your kids a comfortable dental experience. We like to mix fun with education, putting your child at ease while helping them understand the importance of proper dental care.
Common habits like teeth grinding and thumb sucking can have profound effects later in life. Our doctors are keenly aware of these habits, and work hard to help you and your child develop creative solutions to halt that behavior.
Our pediatric dental services improve the health of your child's teeth and gums with:
Having served the East Cobb and Smyrna for years, we know your dental needs are unique and different from your neighbor. That's why we offer a variety of dental services to address each patient's special circumstances, from standard cleanings to complex root canals. By using the latest innovations and techniques in dentistry, we can better serve each client on an individualized level, leading to better comprehensive dental care.
We're taking new patients and accept most major forms of dental insurance to keep your teeth healthy and clean without breaking the bank. Contact our office today to schedule your dental exam and learn more about our history!770-691-5051
ATLANTA (March 14, 2022) – Today, the Atlanta Braves opened registration for their annual Youth Baseball and Softball Clinics. As part of their Growing the Game initiative, the clinics are open to youth players between the ages of six – twelve years old and work to increase access to high-level baseball and softball programming from a young age. The Braves doubled the number of clinics offered this summer, with 24 baseball and 24 softball clinics throughout Metro Atlanta. The clinics will begin on May 30...
ATLANTA (March 14, 2022) – Today, the Atlanta Braves opened registration for their annual Youth Baseball and Softball Clinics. As part of their Growing the Game initiative, the clinics are open to youth players between the ages of six – twelve years old and work to increase access to high-level baseball and softball programming from a young age. The Braves doubled the number of clinics offered this summer, with 24 baseball and 24 softball clinics throughout Metro Atlanta. The clinics will begin on May 30 and conclude in August. Registration for the clinics is available online at Braves.com/Clinics.
All youth baseball and softball clinics will consist of one evening of instruction and competition within the Braves’ custom-built curriculum, which includes fielding, base-running, and hitting drills. Coached by current and former collegiate athletes, the clinics will focus on building teamwork, attitude, and healthy competition to help players develop on and off the field.
Braves Youth Baseball and Softball Clinic dates and locations include: Baseball Clinic Dates Baseball Clinic Locations Softball Clinic Dates Softball Clinic Locations 6/1 Wills Park – Alpharetta, GA 5/30 Rhyne Park – Smyrna, GA 6/6 Carroll County Recreation – Carrollton, GA 5/31 Shaw Park – Marietta, GA 6/7 Gresham Park – Atlanta, GA 6/5 JP Moseley – Stockbridge, GA 6/12 North Ola Park – McDonough, GA 6/6 Pond Field – Carrollton, GA 6/13 Sewell Mill Park – Marietta, GA 6/7 Gresham Park – Atlanta, GA 6/14 Fullers Park – Marietta, GA 6/12 North Ola Park – McDonough, GA 6/15 Rockdale County Earl O'Neal – Conyers, GA 6/13 Murphey Candler – Brookhaven, GA 6/19 Sara Babb Park – Dallas, GA 6/15 Earl O’Neal – Conyers, GA 6/20 Temple Avenue Recreation Complex – Newnan, GA 6/20 Temple Ave Rec Complex – Newnan, GA 6/22 Hobgood Park – Woodstock, GA 6/22 Twin Creeks – Woodstock, GA 6/26 Harrison Park – Marietta, GA 6/26 Parkview High School – Lilburn, GA 6/29 Harrison Park – Marietta, GA 6/27 Turner Lake Softball Complex – Covington, GA 7/10 Medlock Park – Decatur, GA 6/28 Shuford Fields – LaGrange, GA 7/11 Georgia Gwinnett College – Lawrenceville, GA 7/10 Medlock Park – Decatur, GA 7/12 Rockdale County Earl O'Neal – Conyers, GA 7/11 Georgia Gwinnett College – Lawrenceville, GA 7/17 South Cherokee – Woodstock, GA 7/12 Earl O’Neal – Conyers, GA 7/18 Medlock Park – Decatur, GA 7/13 North Gwinnett – Suwanee, GA 7/19 Winston Park – Winston, GA 7/18 Medlock Park – Decatur, GA 7/24 South Cherokee – Woodstock, GA 7/19 Winston Park – Winston, GA 7/27 Meadowcreek High School – Norcross, GA 7/25 The Walker School – Marietta, GA 7/31 Andrew Bailey Park – Sharpsburg, GA 7/26 Mill Creek – Buford, GA 8/1 Home Plate Chili Dogs – Peachtree City, GA 7/27 Meadowcreek High School – Norcross, GA 8/2 Brinkley Park – Smyrna, GA 8/1 North Hall Park – Gainesville, GA 8/3 Morgan Falls Athletic Complex – Sandy Springs, GA 8/3 Morgan Falls – Sandy Springs, GA
Participants will also receive a Braves branded hat and shirt, an autographed baseball card, meet-and-greet with a Braves alumni, and a special ticket offer for 50% off a Braves 2023 regular season game of choice.
To learn more about the Braves Youth Baseball and Softball Clinics, or to register online, please visit Braves.com/Clinics.
SMYRNA, Ga. — Construction on Windy Hill Road has been a multi-year project.It’s beginning to take shape, but the deadline to complete it has been extended.Channel 2′s Cobb County Bureau Chief Michele Newell talked to Smyrna business owners about how the project is affecting their business.[DOWNLOAD: Free WSB-TV News app for alerts as news breaks]There are mixed reactions among business owner...
SMYRNA, Ga. — Construction on Windy Hill Road has been a multi-year project.
It’s beginning to take shape, but the deadline to complete it has been extended.
Channel 2′s Cobb County Bureau Chief Michele Newell talked to Smyrna business owners about how the project is affecting their business.
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There are mixed reactions among business owners about how long the project is taking.
Once completed, the transformed Windy Hill Road will be a game-changer.
“I’m more excited now than ever in 25 years now on Windy Hill Road,” business owner Michael Farkas said.
Farkus owns the clothing store, Michael’s Clothing.
He said he gave up parking spaces to make room for the project, but he’s optimistic about the future.
“It’s going to be absolutely beautiful,” Farkas said.
The owner of Old South Bar-B-Q, Joy Llewallyn, makes her customers feel right at home.
But the past three years have been somewhat challenging because her restaurant is surrounded by construction.
“We have a lot of people complaining that they don’t come as much because of all the construction,” Llewallyn said.
The Windy Hill Road project broke ground in 2020.
The stretch between South Cobb and Atlanta Road is being lowered to create express lanes with tunnels.
At street level, there will be intersection improvements, bike lanes, walking paths, and parks.
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“The worst part is what’s fixing to happen, which is when they take me off the red light corner,” Llewallyn said.
The project was set to wrap up this summer, but that won’t happen.
City officials aren’t sure how long it will take to finish.
But we do know construction workers will begin installing the bridges and walls soon.
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Get ready to get your game face on, because in Atlanta, college sports are a big deal!CHECK OUT: Southern Living names Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q best barbecue joint in GeorgiaAnd what better way to experience the thrill of the March Madness tournaments than at a sports bar surrounded by fellow fans? From cozy pubs to trendy patios...
Get ready to get your game face on, because in Atlanta, college sports are a big deal!
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And what better way to experience the thrill of the March Madness tournaments than at a sports bar surrounded by fellow fans? From cozy pubs to trendy patios with stunning views, Atlanta has a diverse range of bars that cater to every type of sports enthusiast. So whether you’re a die-hard basketball fan or simply seeking a fun spot to watch the games, we’ve got you covered. Check out our top picks below:
At Big Game, you’ll feel right in the middle of the action, surrounded by flat-screen TVs, cozy chairs, and a sprawling patio. Located just a few steps from the Beltline’s Eastside Trail, it’s the perfect spot to continue the party when your team comes out on top.
Location: East Atlanta - 720 Ralph McGill Blvd NE #1; Website: biggamesportsbar.com
Come join the ultimate sports viewing experience at the legendary hangout in Midtown, Cypress Street! Watch your favorite team play while savoring mouth-watering game-day specials and delicious drinks. With large screens displaying all the action and incredible views on the patio, this is the spot to be during March Madness!
Location: Midtown - 817 W Peachtree St NW; Website: cypressatl.com
Score a slam dunk during happy hour at this upscale Atlanta spot! Guests can enjoy wallet-friendly specials from Monday to Friday between 4-6 p.m. Pair your drink with a variety of shareable small plates, including wings, sesame steak skewers, buffalo chicken sliders, and oysters, perfect for snacking on while catching all the games.
Location: Buckhead - 3400 Around Lenox Rd NE #304; Website: events.accessatlanta.com
This unpretentious sports bar is the real deal, with plenty of game-day action on the TVs, cold beer, strong drinks, and can’t-go-wrong sports food like burgers, loaded nachos, and wings.
Location: Cobb - 2621 Cumberland Blvd SE, Smyrna, GA 30080; Website: docsatlanta.com
Whether you’re a sports fanatic or simply looking for a great place to grab a bite and a drink, The Family Dog in Morningside is a must-visit spot.
Location: Northeast Atlanta - 1402 North Highland Avenue NE; Website: thefamilydogatl.com
Make Hampton + Hudson your go-to spot for the tournament games! You’re guaranteed a delicious and exciting time with TVs broadcasting games throughout the Inman Park restaurant and fun specials.
Location: East Atlanta - 299 North Highland Avenue Northeast; Website: hamptonandhudson.com
Look no further than Hudson Grille, the ultimate low-key sports bar with several locations throughout Atlanta, including Midtown, Downtown, and Little Five Points. With an impressive array of TVs and a relaxed, inviting atmosphere, Hudson Grille is the ideal destination to enjoy every heart-pumping moment of the March Madness tournament.
Location: Multiple locations; Website: hudsongrille.com
Located right across from the stunning Piedmont Park, this cozy sports bar offers a lively atmosphere to catch all the excitement of the tournament. With a prime location and a friendly vibe, The Nook is the perfect spot to grab a cold drink and watch your favorite basketball team score big.
Location: Midtown - 1144 Piedmont Ave NE; Website: thenookatlanta.com
Red Pepper’s vibrant menu, which includes its famous $5 margaritas and a made-from-scratch menu, will elevate your typical sports grub. Visit one of its four Atlanta locations for an epic big-screen March Madness watch party!
Location: Multiple locations; Website: redpepperatl.com
Sidebar, located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, has three distinct floors that offer a variety of experiences ranging from chilling out to swanky bottle service. During March Madness, you’ll want to visit its Garden Room, which offers a great dining experience with exciting features like a bespoke light-filled environment and massive HD TVs.
Location: Downtown - 79 Poplar St NW; Website: sidebaratl.com
If you’re looking for a place to catch every play of the March Madness tournament, look no further than Sports & Social. The two-story sports bar features more than 40 televisions and a 32-foot LED screen so you can see every slam dunk in crystal clear resolution.
Location: Cobb - 825 Battery Ave SE #610; Website: liveatthebatteryatlanta.com
One of the best places in Atlanta to watch the March Madness tournament is STATS Brewpub! It offers a delectable food menu, five bars, and 70 high-definition TVs, giving you plenty of room to kick back, relax, and enjoy the games.
Location: Downtown - 300 Marietta St NW Suite 101; Website: statsatl.com
With multiple locations throughout Georgia (including the original in VaHi), you won’t have to travel far to catch all the action. Plus, indulge in their delicious food and drinks while you’re there!
Location: Various locations; Website: tacomac.com
Woofs Sports Bar is a popular LGBTQ+ sports bar located in the Piedmont Heights neighborhood of Atlanta. The bar is known for its friendly atmosphere, great drink specials, and multiple TVs that show a variety of sports games, including all of the March Madness tournament games.
People at the Smyrna Community Center in Smyrna, Georgia, visit an early voting location Nov. 3, 2022, during midterms. During their 2022 fall general assembly, U.S. bishops voted to keep their document "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship" and supplement it with inserts, social media components and an introductory note. (CNS/Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)by Stephen SchneckView Author ProfileSend your thoughts to ...
People at the Smyrna Community Center in Smyrna, Georgia, visit an early voting location Nov. 3, 2022, during midterms. During their 2022 fall general assembly, U.S. bishops voted to keep their document "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship" and supplement it with inserts, social media components and an introductory note. (CNS/Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)
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For decades, timed with each U.S. presidential election cycle, the U.S. bishops regularly drafted a guide for faithful political engagement. That stopped with the papacy of Pope Francis. Why is unclear. As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Francis' election, what is clear is the need for a new document, one that speaks to the sweeping changes that have occurred in America and globally, and one that reflects this papacy's sharpening of church teachings about the role of the church in the world.
The last guide, "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship," was drafted in 2007 amidst lingering Catholic division following John Kerry's 2004 presidential candidacy and that election’s Communion wars. It reads like a time capsule of that era. While much should be admired about "Faithful Citizenship," America and the world have seen dramatic changes in the intervening years.
In 2007, Benedict XVI was pope. The Gulf War was raging. The first iPhone appeared and social media was in its infancy. AI, data mining and gene editing were not yet things. Human-caused climate change was a theory still in doubt. Roe was still settled law; LGBTQ rights were not. It was written before the Great Recession, #OccupyWallStreet, #MeToo, the Arab Spring, Black Lives Matter, fake news, Russia's invasions of Ukraine, surging white Christian nationalism and before Jan. 6.
The year 2007 also marked a meeting of Latin American bishops in Brazil, at Aparecida, from which a pastoral theology emerged, championed by Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Six years later he would be pope and that theology refocused the church's role in public life.
Putting the Gospels ahead of canon law, Aparecida theology takes Christ at his word in Luke's Gospel where he reads from Isaiah, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor." Francis speaks similarly of Matthew 25 and the Beatitudes, as the "twin pillars of Christianity." Within days of the papal election Francis remarked, "Oh, how I would like a poor Church, and for the poor," reflecting the heart of Aparecida theology and offering a touchstone for rewriting "Faithful Citizenship."
Since the early Church Fathers, Christianity has taught that politics must be for the common good of the whole community. Inspired by the Gospels, Aparecida offers the gauge of the common good to be the lived life of the poor. That insight bears repeating: The measure of the common good is the lived life and dignity of the poor. The measure of civilization is the life and dignity of the poorest among us.
The poor of whom the Gospels speak are not only those without money. They are those on the peripheries of society — the ignored, powerless, oppressed, discriminated against, immigrants and refugees, racial minorities, the imprisoned, the elderly, the sick, those not yet born and even abused creation itself.
Christian citizenship calls us to measure engagement in public life for what it means for the life and dignity of these poor. Every law, policy, institutional procedure and social norm must reflexively and continuously be considered against the criterion that is the real lives of these "poor."
If this sounds like charity, it is. Reiterating his predecessors, Francis locates politics among the highest forms of charity. Yet, charity (caritas) cannot be downward-looking pity that reinforces marginalization. Politics as charity must open itself to those on the periphery and bring them into communion, brotherhood and sisterhood, and into a just equality with all.
As Francis explains in Amoris Laetitia, this is done by: welcoming, accompanying, discerning situations and integrating. It is also synodal inasmuch as the church's role in public life is not to judge, but to be open to the world (never closed), listen and dialogue. True politics is caritas, directed toward the common good, the measure of which is the life of the poor.
Would this mean that the work of governing and political engagement should never be concerned about other matters like the economy, transportation, agriculture or even the military? Not at all. It means that such policies can only be right when they improve or at a minimum do not further harm those whom Christ in Matthew 25 calls the "least" among us.
Previous political guides from the U.S. bishops were informed by canon law, judging policies and candidates against church ordinances. The Holy Father, however, has remarked that church teaching is best without "shall nots," that instead a genuine encounter with the word of God and with the person of Jesus Christ must be foundational — much as Aparecida theology emphasizes the Gospels. Similarly, a new "Faithful Citizenship," informed essentially by concern for the poor, would put evangelization and a positive vision for Christian political life center stage.
The Holy Father criticizes the idea of Catholic or Christian political parties and utterly rejects any imagining of Christian political life as a crusade of holy warriors against sinners. In his encyclical Fratelli Tutti and elsewhere, he speaks of "a better kind of politics" in contrast to the low-form politics too often seen in practice.
Pope Francis speaks in a video message to an online international conference on "A Politics Rooted in the People" in this still image taken from video released April 15, 2021, by the Holy See Press Office. (CNS/Holy See Press Office)
A better kind of politics is not ideological, not partisan, open to dialogue (not closed in self-righteousness), directed to the common good (not private interests), wielding caritas (not power), and ever intent on building bridges rather than walls of us-versus-them. Understood in this way, he reaffirms traditional church teaching on the true nobility of politics and public service.
It might be objected that rewriting "Faithful Citizenship" from the Gospels' emphasis on the poor lacks the specificity and juridical edge that came with terms such as "intrinsic evil," "material cooperation" and "non-negotiable." Yet, with the lived life of the poor as the measure of the common good, a wide-ranging, comprehensive theory of government and politics can be discerned and a general vision for promoting policies and laws is evident.
With the lived life of the poor as the measure of the common good, a wide-ranging, comprehensive theory of government and politics can be discerned and a general vision for promoting policies and laws is evident.
Concerned with lifting up the marginalized and bringing those on the peripheries into solidarity, and recognizing the equal dignity of all and empowering the powerless, the Aparecida approach would support democracy for all, diverse inclusivity, expansive human rights and popular sovereignty. Accordingly, the power of the state would also be limited and checked. These are the earmarks of liberal governance.
Similarly, a broad vision for policies is evident the Aparecida approach. It would encompass everything from assisted housing and health care to education and employment. Welcoming refugees and migrants, caring for creation, peacebuilding, anti-racism and developing an economic system that does not overly reward some while impoverishing others — these too are evident policies of a noble politics measured by what we do for the life and dignity of those on the peripheries.
"Faithful Citizenship" was written for a different time, amid different demands for faithful citizenship. It was written before Pope Francis offered the church his insight for refocusing the role of the church in public life. American Catholics need a new document, one that speaks to our new times and one that reflects the teachings of this papacy.
Editor's note: Schneck's views are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.
This story appears in the 10 years with Pope Francis feature series. View the full series.
Franchise owners from around the world connect in Kissimmee, Florida, for 15th annual eventTint World® franchisees from the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates attended the 15th annual event, held Feb. 4-7 at the exclusive Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center.“This tremendous event allows the Tint World® family to connect every year and also demonstrates our commitment to grow the company and support the success of our franchisees,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, pre...
Tint World® franchisees from the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates attended the 15th annual event, held Feb. 4-7 at the exclusive Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center.
“This tremendous event allows the Tint World® family to connect every year and also demonstrates our commitment to grow the company and support the success of our franchisees,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, president and CEO of Tint World®. “My goal is getting each Tint World® location into our Million Dollar Club by generating a million dollars or more in annual revenue. Our conventions serve as an opportunity to inspire all of our franchisees and corporate team members, honoring those whose accomplishments and creativity have stood out in the last year.”
Nearly 30% of Tint World® franchises are currently members of the company’s exclusive Million Dollar Club, earning at least $1 million in revenue in a calendar year. Thirteen franchises were recognized with Million Dollar Club awards at the event. Three others joined the Two Million Dollar Club and one achieved the elite Three Million Dollar Club status. Each Million Dollar Club franchisee was presented with a gold diamond ring.
In addition to celebrating Tint World®’s unprecedented success the previous year, the 2023 Tint World® International Franchise Convention served as a unique opportunity for franchisees to connect and network in person, gaining valuable insight into the industry through learning opportunities with industry experts and personal interactions with more than 40 of Tint World®’s premium vendors and service partners.
The event was headlined by Bonfiglio’s annual state of the company address and keynote presentations by Myles Kovacs, founder of DUB Magazine and TIS Wheels, and Bryan Schmitt from Mobile Solutions Fabrication.
“In addition to offering franchisees powerful new tools and strategies to help them thrive in 2023 and beyond, the convention supports the family culture we’ve created at Tint World® that is the foundation of all of our success as a brand over the last 15 years,” Bonfiglio said.
The following awards were presented at the 2023 Tint World® International Franchise Convention:
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