Time for an ecological spirituality is now

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August 29, 2016

Last year in his encyclical Laudato Si' (LS), Pope Francis challenged every aspect of society that contributes to the threat, not only to sustainability, but to human life on the planet - the "throwaway culture," the system of production and consumption, and the system of power and domination which creates consumerism. He urged that reliance on fossil fuels needs to be progressively replaced, "without delay." Lifestyles need to change, but will it take a global catastrophe for than to happen? Erik Assadourian, in the 2010 edition of the Worldwatch Institute's State of the World, argued that consumerism is not a natural state of affairs; it is a modern creation.

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Despite terrorism, humanism is spreading

Douglas Roche
August 29, 2016

Immediately after Father Jacques Hamel, an 86-year-old priest in France, was killed while offering Mass, his throat slit by two Muslim men who pledged allegiance to ISIL, calls went out for his canonization. He was called a martyr to the faith, and the hashtag #santosubito ("saint now") trended on Twitter. But contrary arguments soon surfaced. Paul Vallely, one of Pope Francis's biographers, wrote in The New York Times that making Hamel an official martyr would be a political response and feed the idea that a war of religions is taking place.

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Church-indigenous relations on verge of historic change

Bob McKeon
August 29, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in an important conference in Winnipeg. The annual Directions in Indigenous Ministry conference is co-sponsored by the standing committee on indigenous affairs of the Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops and Newman Theological College. The title of the conference was Decolonizing Pastoral Ministry. This title is significant because it implies that a decolonization approach itself needs to be taken in pastoral ministry and in the life of the Church itself. About 60 of us participated, about half indigenous and half non-indigenous. People came from very different church roles, including bishops, pastors, deacons, women and men religious, elders, diocesan staff, parish lay leaders, teachers, academics, and committed individuals.

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Ending isolation key to First Nations progress

August 29, 2016

We talk about reconciliation, apologies and forgiveness in relation to First Nations, but we never have a truthful solution. We get only negativity to do with problems on reserves. What we need to do first and foremost is abolish First Nations reserves and their isolation from the rest of society. Segregation does not include people or make them feel part of society.

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Samaritan's goodness defies religious hatred, stereotyping

August 29, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The story of the good Samaritan has been thoroughly domesticated over the centuries into a call to help the person who has been beaten and left to die at the side of the road. That is certainly an excellent moral precept, one we should strive to follow. Jesus' reason for telling the story, however, was more likely aimed at pointing out that any notion of the moral superiority of one nation or group over another is deeply sinful and contradicts God's will. God would rather have us build bridges than erect walls.

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Youth encouraged to accept Christ's offer of life and joy

Pope Francis
August 15, 2016
JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Take risks and do not let life's obstacles get in the way of encountering the true joy and life that Jesus can give, Pope Francis told more than one million young people. "Don't be afraid to say 'yes' to him with all your heart, to respond generously and to follow him," the pope told pilgrims at the closing Mass July 31 for World Youth Day. "Don't let your soul grow numb, but aim for the goal of a beautiful love which also demands sacrifice. "When it comes to Jesus, we cannot sit around waiting with arms folded.

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Edmonton WYD pilgrims return with sense of mission

August 15, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Young pilgrims from the Edmonton Archdiocese who took part in World Youth Day in Poland came back renewed and with a sense of mission. Beaming with energy, they say the massive Catholic youth festival was the ultimate experience as it allowed them to witness the universality of the Church, to share their faith with the world and to grow closer to Christ. Thousands of young people from around the world took part in the festival in Kraków July 25-31.

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Canada becoming increasingly Catholic, says sociologist.

Reginald Bibby
August 15, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Contrary to some analyses, organized religion is doing well in Canada, with the Catholic Church being the main player, says Reginald Bibby, one of the country's leading experts on social trends in religious practice. In his new book, Canada's Catholics, which he co-authored with pollster Angus Reid, Bibby says Catholics are living in a time characterized by vitality and hope.

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Camp Encounter helps kids find God amidst nature

August 15, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Excited campers tore along Camp Encounter trails until they reached their counsellors. "We saw a donkey," they exclaimed. That puzzled the counsellors because they knew here in the bush on the island in Lac la Nonne, there are no donkeys. The smiling counsellors asked several questions until their young charges realized that what they saw was the island's resident moose, not a donkey.

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French priest's murder calls for interfaith dialogue

Fr. Jacques Hamel
August 15, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Father Jacques Hamel's gruesome murder in northern France July 26 - by men claiming allegiance to the Islamic State - prompted sorrow and outrage from Muslim and Catholic leaders around the world. The slaying also brought forth calls for greater interfaith understanding as well as pleas to avoid stereotyping of and intolerance toward Muslims based on terrorist incidents. "This attack in a place of worship and on innocent worshippers in particular demonstrates that there are no boundaries to the depravity of these murderers," wrote Imam Qari Muhammad Asim, senior imam at the Makkah Mosque in Leeds, England.

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