The Death of Nelson Mandela:
Arguably one of the greatest people on Earth Mandela’s death was shocking to the entire world. To say the man had hardships in his life would be putting it politely. The man spent the good majority of his life on trial or in prison fighting for human rights and the effect of his fight have been felt the world over. After his release from prison in 1990 he brought his fight to the political stage and ended the white minority rule of his country. Going on to win the Nobel Peace prize and become South Africa’s first democratically elected President it’s just goes to show what perseverance and staying true to your beliefs can accomplish. Mandela continued to work with his various charities after leaving office in 1999. He died at his home in Johannesburg on 5 December 2013; gone but most definitely not forgotten.
Other notable deaths of 2013: Paul Walker, Frederick Sanger, Tom Clancy, David Frost, and James Gandolfini
The Alberta Floods:
Why is that the biggest stories of the year are almost all stories of tragedy and sadness? Next up is one that hits closer to home with the southern part of our province taking one major bath. Large parts of Calgary and surrounding area were underwater and the province went into emergency mode. A lot of the damage still hasn’t been repaired and Mike Holmes, the guy from TV, was even brought in to help with the house inspections and to aid the government in making new policies for housing in the flood plains of Alberta. You know things are serious when Mike Holmes is called in.
Along with housing damages some of Calgary’s bigger attractions and centres got hit by the flood waters. The Saddledome and the Calgary Zoo more notably among the bigger places hit. The southern part of the province is still recovering but given that old Alberta spirit I know we’ll make it through.
I’m ending the article of what seems like sadness on a happy note. On May 2, Pope Benedict XVI pulled an unprecedented move (one that no one really thought possible) and retired. The world was shocked and the Catholic Church had to elect a new Pope. In comes Pope Francis, a man who is changing the church as we know it.
Now I know that we’re a Lutheran institute, but everyone has to admire what Pope Francis is doing for his faith. Concentrating on helping people around the world and following the word of Christ, instead of judging the world for their sins (which is really someone elses job, if you get my meaning). Pope Francis has given the Catholics of the world something to actually be proud of and is actually bringing people back to the faith with his actions and words. If you have no idea what this guy is up to check him out on the web, there are some really interesting stories out there.
So there are some of the bigger stories of 2013, there are many more. I, on behalf of myself and the staff of The Bolt, would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy new year with many big stories to come!