Telegraph Creek, British Columbia

Bishop asks for prayers as wildfire rages

Wildfire has destroyed a Catholic mission church, rectory and multiple homes in a small community in the Diocese of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, north-west Canada. The wildfire began with a lightning strike on August 1. A state of emergency was declared three days later, all residents of Telegraph Creek were told to evacuate, and fled to nearby communities. “Many people are in complete distress and broken because they are finding themselves with nothing,” said Bishop Hector Vila of Whitehorse in a letter to Canadian bishops asking for prayers and donations. The British Columbia Wildfire Service said that 136 firefighters and 12 helicopters were fighting the fire.

New Orleans

Catholics protest against ‘satanic’ festival

A pagan festival in New Orleans was disrupted by prot­­ests from local Catholics last weekend. The prot­esters recited prayers and played bag­pipes outside St Louis Cathedral. They held up placards reading “Catholics reject satanic HexFest” and “Do not permit the occult to trample our Catholic heritage”.

HexFest co-organiser Christian Day called for communication and understanding between the two faiths, criticising the “incendiary” language, which “brands us ‘demonic’ for worshipping other gods, when they do not use the word ‘demonic’ to describe Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists [or] Native Americans”. Local priest Fr Christian DeLerno, Jr, who coordinated the prayer action, said he was “sorry this came about”.

San José

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