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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Another Religious View On Global Warming

Months after dozens of evangelicals called for curbs on carbon emissions to combat global warming, the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance is presenting a view that emphasizes economic development instead.

The alliance's report, "A Call to Truth, Prudence and Protection of the Poor: an Evangelical Response to Global Warming," is endorsed by more than 100 scholars and religious leaders.

It maintains that global warming is unlikely to be catastrophic and that "human efforts to stop it are largely futile" and would hurt the world's poor by delaying economic development.

A co-author of the report, Prof. E. Calvin Beisner of Knox Theological Seminary, said "the greatest enemy to the environment is not affluence, it is poverty."

-- Associated Press

Indiana Honors Nun Headed for Sainthood

Indiana officials are honoring Mother Theodore Guerin, a 19th-century Roman Catholic nun who is to be named a saint, by hanging her portrait in the governor's office.

Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) called it a tribute to a woman "who was brave, selfless and gave her life of service to others." At a Vatican ceremony Oct. 15, Guerin will become the first person from Indiana and the eighth from the United States to be canonized in the Catholic Church.

Guerin was a French nun who left her homeland in 1840 for the then-frontier state of Indiana, and within a year founded the Sisters of Providence Academy -- now known as St. Mary-of-the-Woods College -- near Terre Haute. She died in 1856.

Pope John Paul II accepted a nun's recovery from cancer as a miracle attributed to Guerin, who was beatified in 1998. This year, Pope Benedict XVI approved a second miracle -- a worker at the order's mother house regaining sight -- as the result of Guerin's intercession.

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