‎500 years ago: Pope gives permission to conquer Indigenous people

CBC Radio · Posted: Jun 17, 2016 | Last Updated: June 30, 2017

In May of this year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Pope Francis at the Vatican.  At the heart of his audience with the Pope was a request.  

Trudeau asked Pope Francis to issue a public apology for the Catholic Church’s role in establishing and running Residential Schools in Canada. Such an apology is among the ‘calls to action’ from the Truth And Reconciliation Commission.

But the troubled history of the Catholic Church and indigenous people stretches back centuries.  

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The Catholic Church must take responsibility for its anti-Indigenous history

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By Anna Baker June 11, 2021

The Catholic Church must take responsibility for its anti-indigenous history
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After the remains of 215 Indigenous children were found at what used to be a Catholic residential school for Indigenous children, the Catholic Church needs to take responsibility.

The Catholic Church needs to not only acknowledge the role it played in the torture and genocide of Indigenous people in North America, it also needs to take action and pay reparations to not only the victims of residential schools but the governments themselves. 

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Religious Conflicts Around the World

Joe Bara

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The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

The conflict in Northern Ireland, which has killed thousands, has political and religious roots that are centuries old.

Since the 12th Century constant revolts challenged the often brutal British rule of Ireland, climaxing in the 1916 Easter Uprising in Dublin.

It sparked a chain of events leading to civil war and partition of the island.

In the south 26 counties formed a separate state, while six counties in the north stayed within the UK.

Over successive decades the Catholic minority there suffered discrimination over housing and jobs, which fuelled bitter resentment.

In modern times the conflict is centred on opposing views of the area’s status.

Some people in Northern Ireland, especially the mainly Protestant Unionist community, believe it should remain part of the United Kingdom.

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What We’re Watching: Weekly Disaster Update

October 12, 2021 • By Matthew Woodall

Copernicus Sentinel captured this image of La Palma island and the ongoing eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, Oct. 10, 2021. (European Space Agency via Twitter @ESA_EO)

We know all too well that disaster can strike at any time, in any place in the world. Some disasters make headlines; others do not. Here at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), we keep an eye on the status of disasters worldwide and compile a list of the ones we’re tracking weekly, along with relevant disaster-related media coverage.

Here’s what we’re watching for the week of Oct. 11, 2021.

New or emerging disasters
Earthquake – Pakistan: A powerful and shallow 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck the Balochistan region of Pakistan near the town of Quetta on Oct. 6. Homes and other buildings in the region are constructed mainly from mud and other materials that aren’t earthquake-resistant, leading to the collapse of approximately 100 homes while people were sleeping. At least four people were killed in the collapse of a coal mine, while at least 19 more died as a result of the earthquake.

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10 Biggest Natural Disasters Of 2020 That Shook The World Costing Money & Lives

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by Natasha Monteiro December 29, 2020 69155 

The year 2020 is finally coming to an end and thank God for it.  From the most deadly virus ever known to mankind to forest fires and locust swarms,  2020 has sure been the year that our ancestors warned us about. The natural disasters in 2020 brought catastrophic results for millions across nations in 2020. They not only caused thousands of deaths but also tens of billions of dollars in losses. Here are some of the most destructive climate disasters of the year which led to damage worth millions.

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Weather-related disasters increase over past 50 years, causing more damage but fewer deaths


© 2021 World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Published 31 August 2021

Atlas of Mortality of Weather and Climate Extremes

Climate change leads to more extreme weather, but early warnings save lives

A disaster related to a weather, climate or water hazard occurred every day on average over the past 50 years – killing 115 people and causing US$ 202 million in losses daily, according to a comprehensive new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The number of disasters has increased by a factor of five over the 50-year period, driven by climate change, more extreme weather and improved reporting. But, thanks to improved early warnings and disaster management, the number of deaths decreased almost three-fold.

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