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Canadian author provides Christian guide to going green

December 1, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Creation care ministry combines both practical and Christian elements – an exquisite blend of why God wants us to care for his Earth and how to go about doing it. Norman Lévesque has written a book that provides a guide to going green the Christian way – Greening Your Church (Novalis). Lévesque's book includes not only ways to make your parish more environmentally responsible, but also ways to alter your own life as well as a theology to provide the foundation for such ecologically-inspired change.

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Never rule out talks with terrorists – pope

December 1, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT – Pope Francis said he would "never close the door" on dialogue with the Islamic State in an effort to bring peace to a region of the world suffering from violence and persecution. He also said "terrorism" could describe not only the actions of such extremist groups but also those of some national governments using military force unilaterally.< Meeting reporters Nov. 25 on his return flight from Strasbourg where he addressed the European Parliament, Pope Francis said terrorism is a threat that must be taken seriously.

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Vatican launches Year for Consecrated Life

December 1, 2014
LAURA IERACI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 30, marking the start of the new liturgical year, will also inaugurate the Year for Consecrated Life. The yearlong observance is dedicated to renewing hope in religious life and instilling it more profoundly with a prophetic witness of the Gospel. Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, was scheduled to celebrate the year's opening Mass Nov. 30 in St. Peter's Basilica because Pope Francis will be on an apostolic visit in Turkey.

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Anglican sees Canada on slippery slope

December 1, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Watching the world slide down a slippery slope to euthanasia and assisted suicide, or "medical aid in dying," is disheartening to a Second World War veteran who confronted state-sanctioned killing while helping to liberate Europe. "I am 91 and it is probably a good thing you don't live to 150 because it is really hard to buy a lot of this garbage that is going on," said Father Robert Greene, rector of St. Andrew Anglican Church in Gleichen, Alta. "This is a crazy society we are in." For Greene, active in the pro-life movement since the 1960s, seeing the rise in support for euthanasia and assisted suicide is an affront to what he and 1.1 million other Canadians fought against during the Second World War.

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New prostitution law makes johns the criminals

December 1, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Canada's prostitution Bill C-36 passed the Senate Nov. 6 and will become law in early December, criminalizing the purchase of sex for the first time in Canadian history. While groups representing some "sex trade" workers are not pleased with the legislation, pro-family groups and those opposed to human trafficking welcomed the new law. Based on the so-called Nordic model, it treats prostitutes as victims, but prosecutes the "johns" and the pimps who exploit them.

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Groups favour outlawing 'barbaric practices'

December 1, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – The Catholic Civil Rights League and REAL Women of Canada both support Canada's Zero Tolerances for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act. Introduced by the Government Leader of the Senate Conservative Senator Claude Carignan Nov. 5 as S-7, it has the support of the Tory cabinet. Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said the act would close various loopholes in the Criminal Code and other legislation to prevent honour killings, polygamy and forced marriages.

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Parishes respond to Smith's plea to sponsor refugees

December 1, 2014
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Paulette Johnson of Catholic Social Services wonders why Canada is not doing more to help the besieged people of Syria. "We should do so much more to relieve them. What do you do when people are so desperate? How can Germany take in 10,000 when we take in only 200?" Her plea came at the same time Archbishop Richard Smith asked parishioners to consider helping these war-torn people. To date, six parishes have made commitments to sponsor Syrian or Iraqi families – nine cases with a total of 33 refugees to be sponsored.

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Canada must accept blame for mining abuses – KAIROS head

Jennifer Henry

December 1, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Canadian mining companies are responsible for water pollution, community displacement, and human rights abuses in the developing world said KAIROS' executive director. "Are we prepared to accept responsibility?" asked Jennifer Henry, when she spoke during a panel discussion at Saint Paul University Nov. 7. Henry also called on Canadians to accept responsibility for our complicity in exploitation through our lifestyles and pension funds. KAIROS, the ecumenical justice initiative, has been involved in "mining justice for 10 years," Henry noted.

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