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Only 'cultural revolution' can save the planet – pope

Pope Francis

June 29, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pope Francis has called for "a bold cultural revolution" that will sweep away consumerism, myths about unlimited economic growth and the desire to constantly maximize profits. Human activities based on those habits and beliefs are destroying the planet, the pope said in his encyclical Laudato Si', On Care for Our Common Home, dated May 24, Pentecost Sunday, and released at the Vatican June 18.

Pope's letter draws positive local response

June 29, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Alberta religious, environmental, industry and Aboriginal leaders hailed Pope Francis encyclical on the environment as a positive contribution to saving the planet. While some called it a guidepost for the energy industry, others greeted it as a call to a new lifestyle reflective of our duties to God, neighbour and nature. In the letter, the pope cites a solid scientific consensus indicating that global warming is real, and will limit drinking water, harm agriculture, lead to some extinctions of plant and animal life, acidify oceans and raise sea levels in a way that could flood some of the world's biggest cities.

Pope offers practical tips for environmental action

June 29, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home is a call for global action as well as an appeal for deep inner conversion. The pope points to numerous ways world organizations, nations and communities must move forward and the way individuals – believers and people of good will – should see, think, feel and act. Here are some of the pope's suggestions, with references in parentheses to their paragraphs in the encyclical:

Smith named Canadian delegate to family synod

Archbishop Richard Smith

June 29, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith will be one of four Canadian delegates to the world Synod of Bishops on the vocation and mission of the family at the Vatican in October. The other three Canadian delegates to the Oct. 4-25 synod will be Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Que., president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB); Bishop Noel Simard of Valleyfield, Que.; and Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto.

McKeon honoured twice for his contributions

Dr. Robert McKeon

June 29, 2015
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Longtime Catholic activist Dr. Robert McKeon has received dual honours prior to his imminent retirement as social justice coordinator with the Edmonton Archdiocese. McKeon has been named professor emeritus by Newman Theological College where he has taught full and part-time since 1979.

Knights to elect state deputy on July 1

June 29, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

RED DEER – The executive board of the Alberta Knights of Columbus will spend Canada Day choosing a new leader for the organization following the death of Grant Mann, the Knights' state deputy-elect. Mann, elected state deputy at the April 17-19 convention, died April 29, just two months before his installation as leader of the 18,000 Knights in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

St. Albert Mass salutes schools' 150th anniversary

June 29, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

An outdoor Mass on the Hill celebrating the 150th anniversary of Catholic education in St. Albert highlighted the "timeless" faith that has remained constant in the midst of dramatic change. Some 6,000 students from across the Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools division sitting on the historic Mission Hill June 11 listened as Archbishop Richard Smith reflected on the various changes – both dramatic and incidental – in society that have taken place in the past 150 years.<

WCR to receive media award from Canadian Catholic communicators

WCR Logo

June 29, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Western Catholic Reporter is being recognized for a 50-year tradition of journalistic excellence with an award from the Association of Roman Catholic Communicators of Canada (ARCCC). ARCCC will present the award in its Media Arts Production category to the WCR at the organization's annual meeting in Buffalo, N.Y., June 26.

High school establishes Catholic identity with weekly Mass

Holy Trinity High School Logo

June 29, 2015
CHRISTOPHER POULSEN
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

For the 2013-14 school year, principal Lucy Moore and I sat down to discuss how we could get our students at Fort McMurray's Holy Trinity High School to experience the Mass together. Our intentions were good but logistics kept getting in the way of our plans. Getting to and from the church, busing, sch

Conscience rights of Christian doctors are under siege

Larry Worthen

June 29, 2015
VIRGINIA BATTISTE
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Christian pro-life physicians are facing a major battle to protect their conscience rights in the face of the Supreme Court decision to legalize assisted suicide. "We are in a pitched battle in Canada to protect the conscience rights of Christian physicians to uphold their right to practise medicine based on their values and beliefs without interference," said Larry Worthen, executive director of the Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS).

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