Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Bishops call for aid in the wake of recent tragedies

Two Canadian dioceses gravely affected
Damaged belongings cleared from homes sit on the street after severe flooding by the Bow and Elbow Rivers in Calgary, Alta., June 24. Premier Alison Redford called it the worst flooding in the province's history and said rebuilding could take 10 years.
CNS photo / Andy Clark, Reuters.
For the last couple of weeks, Alberta's land and water have all shifted in different directions, and the province's luck has only gone down, with the recent Canadian Pacific Railway bridge failure in Calgary on June 27. 

There were no casualties because there was no explosion from the flammable cargo on the train, and evacuation plans were carried out swiftly, according to CBC. Instead, there were only headaches from CP Railway employees, government officials, and people stuck in traffic.

Unfortunately, this wasn't the most upsetting development in recent train related news.

A train derailed in Lac-M├ęgantic, Que., exploding and causing a number of civilian casualties.

The death toll has been rising since the explosion on July 5.

Pope Francis sent a special apostolic blessing to all those affected by the explosion at Lac-M├ęgantic.

In the face of these tragedies, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has reached out to the dioceses of Canada in a letter sent out on July 8 for prayers and financial contributions.

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