Stories for the Middle Column of the WCR This Week Page
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.
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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.
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.
CALGARY – A battle to protect physicians' conscience rights must be fought to counter the militant secularism shaping today's society, says Cardinal Thomas Collins. "Don't be misled by government who would allow conscience rights only if you are treating a patient of your own belief. That is not right," Collins told Christian physicians meeting here June 13.
The Catholic Women's League must embrace bold and creative rethinking, national president Barb Dowding told members at this year's provincial CWL convention. Dowding explained the 2015-17 theme One Heart, One Voice, One Mission in her speech to the members of the Alberta Mackenzie Provincial Council who attended the two-day convention which kicked off in Yellowknife June 5.
Christians have a responsibility to respect nature and the Creator, a duty that is an essential part of the Christian faith, says Pope Francis. While nature is a system that can be studied and controlled, creation "can only be understood as a gift from the outstretched hand of the Father of all," the pope wrote in the second chapter of his encyclical On Care for Our Common Home.
Humanity is engulfed in "a spiral of self-destruction" which can only be halted through dialogue at the international, national and local levels, Pope Francis said in his encyclical On Care for Our Common Home. In his fifth chapter of the encyclical, Lines of Approach and Action, the pope shows greater faith in the ability of public pressure to bring about positive change affecting the natural environment than he does in current political and economic processes.
VATICAN CITY – Religious freedom, the conflict in Ukraine and the environment were on the table as Pope Francis met briefly June 11 with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The prime minister's office said their discussions also included reference to the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which detailed the treatment of Aboriginal children in residential schools supported by the Canadian government but administered by religious organizations, including the Catholic Church.
While many men spend time in their man cave, drinking beer and watching sports, Todd Stahl would rather pass his time in male solitude with devotions and self-reflection. Stahl is calling all Christian men to 40 days of devotions in their comfort zones and has detailed how in his first book, 40 Days in the Man Cave.
The temperature soared to 27 degrees and the sun was shining on Corpus Christi Sunday June 7, but it was the Son who lit up the faces of the faithful taking part in the procession in downtown Edmonton. About half of the hundreds of parishioners who filled St. Joseph Basilica for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Mass with Archbishop Richard Smith took part in the outdoor procession which followed.