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Don't destroy God's creation – pope

Pope Francis

June 9, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Polluting or destroying the environment is like telling God one does not like what he created and proclaimed to be good, Pope Francis said. The Bible says that after every stage of creation, God was pleased with what he had made, the pope said May 21 at his weekly general audience. "To destroy creation is to say to God, 'I don't like it.'" On the other hand, he said, safeguarding creation is safeguarding a gift of God. "This must be our attitude toward creation: safeguarding it. If not, if we destroy creation, creation will destroy us. Don't forget that!"

Poor will bear the brunt of climate change – bishop

June 9, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

GENEVA – World leaders and policy makers need to direct their attention to the human beings who will be most affected by rising global temperatures, a Vatican official said. "As with most natural disasters, climate-related emergencies cause more suffering and personal loss on those who live in poverty," Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, said May 21.

Slain priest a good shepherd

May 26, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Father Gilbert Dasna was slain in the rectory of the St. Paul Cathedral after answering a doorbell that others would have ignored, said St. Paul Bishop Paul Terrio. Dasna went to the door at 6 p.m. on a Friday because his conscience told him that was the right thing to do, Terrio said in his homily at the murdered priest's funeral May 19. "I know some pastors who would have all kinds of reasons for not answering the doorbell on Friday evening at six o'clock," he said.

Slain priest was beacon of light for St. Paul

Fr. Gilbert Dasna

May 26, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Father Gilbert Dasna was a happy, funny, hard-working priest who loved people, especially the First Nations people he served at Saddle Lake where his kindness and evangelical fervour sparked a flourishing parish. "When my wife and I first started taking care of the church a few years ago, we were lucky if we had five people in church on Sunday," said Greg Hysell of Saddle Lake. "After he was here for a few months, we'd have 40 or 50 people, sometimes more. He completely turned the church around."

Archbishop supports MP's motion on Palliative care

May 26, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Archbishop Richard Smith has supported a federal NDP member of Parliament's motion calling for a national palliative care strategy while also denouncing "sustained pressure" for the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide. The motion by MP Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) "is worthy of our support and I am pleased to add my voice and that of the Archdiocese of Edmonton to those of others who endorse it," Smith said in a May 8 statement.

Catholics face barriers to political involvement – Smith

May 26, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – The stances of Canada's three main federal parties on abortion raises "serious obstacles" to Catholic involvement in the political process, says Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith. The Church encourages its members to be involved in politics by voting and expressing their views, Smith said in an interview. But with the Liberals and NDP saying they will not accept pro-life candidates and the Conservative government barring its MPs from reopening the abortion debate, Smith said the parties are excluding people of informed conscience who could be of great service to the country.

Albertans descend on Legislature to support human life

May 26, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Donna Zuiker pushed her son Michael in a wheelchair through the streets of Edmonton May 8 to proclaim her belief in the sanctity of life. "We are here because we believe in life and we live that," she said as marchers prepared to leave the Alberta Legislature toward downtown. "We want to demonstrate in person that everyone has a right to life." Zuiker, a mother of five, adopted Michael when he was 18 months old knowing he had Down syndrome. He is now 29. "We are still grateful to his parents for allowing him to live."

Murphy put freedom second when Jesus asked for his love

Jim Murphy

May 26, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Growing up, Jim Murphy dabbled in Christianity. He attended church, said his prayers, did no harm to others and lived a good, decent life. However, he would not commit his life fully to Jesus because he feared losing his personal freedom. Today, Murphy's proudest claim is that of being a slave to God. "All of us have a journey, and it's good for us to recount our stories because it reminds us of how faithful God has been," he said. "I'm sure every one of us from time to time says, 'Oh God, where are you?' It's a natural human tendency. It's good to recall how far God has already brought us."

Catholics pray for a miracle for Mireau

May 26, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Father Mike Mireau has suffered a relapse in his cancer and says prayer is the only thing that can help him get better. And that's exactly what the beloved priest is getting from Edmonton Catholic Schools and the Edmonton Archdiocese. Edmonton Catholic Schools has printed 11,200 prayer cards asking Venerable Anthony Kowalczyk to intercede on behalf of Mireau. Seven thousand cards were distributed in parishes across the Edmonton Archdiocese and 4,200 went to staff of the school district.

Ben Calf Robe's powwow honours the Creator

May 26, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

With 600 to 700 dancers, 21 drum groups and roughly 2,500 people in total, the event spilled out of the recreation centre into the surrounding area. What makes Ben Calf Robe's powwow traditional? There are no competitions and no prizes; people dance simply to give glory to the Creator, said Gagnon. Even the drum groups come purely because they love to sing.