Young pilgrims from all over the world are gathered in Krakow, Poland, from July 25-31, 2016, to participate in the 31st World Youth Day (WYD). The Canadian National Gathering in Krakow, was held on 26 July 2016, and brought together just over 3500 young Canadians from every province and territory in the country.
The celebration was presided by His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada. The Canadian Ambassador to Poland and the Consul General were also present and addressed the youth during the celebration.
Video link to the gathering: http://livestream.com/wydcentral2013/events/5891948/videos/130995956
The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has sent a letter conveying condolences and prayers to the Most Reverend Georges Pontier, Archbishop of Marseille and President of the Bishop's Conference of France, following the recent tragedies that have occurred in France: the attack on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during celebrations of France's national holiday, and more recently the killing of Father Jacques Hamel, together with the assault on two Sisters and a group of parishioners perpetrated at the church in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray during Mass.
Link to the letter (PDF)
(CCCB – Ottawa)... His Holiness Pope Francis today named the Most Reverend Donald Bolen Archbishop of Regina. At the time of his appointment, he was Bishop of Saskatoon. He succeeds the Most Reverend Daniel J. Bohan who died in office January 15, 2016, at the age of 74. Since then, the Reverend Lorne Dale Crozon, the former Vicar General, has been Diocesan Administrator of the Archdiocese of Regina.
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) is part of a new information campaign that has been launched by Caritas Internationalis, entitled Syria: Peace is Possible. As an expression of his support for the campaign, Pope Francis issued a video message in which he states: "While the people suffer, incredible quantities of money are being spent to supply weapons to fighters. And some of the countries supplying these arms are also among those that talk of peace. How can you believe in someone who caresses you with the right hand and strikes you with the left hand?"
(CCCB - Ottawa)... Young pilgrims from all over the world are expected in Krakow, Poland, July 25-31, 2016, to participate in the 31st World Youth Day (WYD). Krakow is the city of Karol Wojtyla – Saint John Paul II – who in his early years as priest, university chaplain, Bishop and then Cardinal Archbishop sowed the seeds of what would become in the first years of his pontificate "World Youth Days".
The English Sector Office for Evangelization and Catechesis of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has published the summer issues of its e-newsletters On Good Soil and Encounter.
This edition of On Good Soil offers an historical review of adult faith development in the Archdiocese of St. John's, a review of the Annual Catechetical Conference of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador, as well as a tribute to Ms. Margie Ann McKinnon who is retiring after 23 years of service as the Coordinator of the Office of Religious Education in the Archdiocese of Kingston.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) continues to post possible homily ideas and prayers of the faithful to help link the Sunday liturgy with the national pastoral initiative for life and family. The proposed texts for the month of August 2016 include suggestions from the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 7, to the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 28. As usual, the suggestions for homilies and prayers can be easily adapted for family prayer, as well as for personal prayer or for use with other groups or organizations. The texts for the month of August are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".
(CCCB – Ottawa)... His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Jean Gagnon as Bishop of the Diocese of Gaspé, and has appointed on July 2, 2016, as his successor the Most Reverend Gaétan Proulx, O.S.M. At the time of his appointment, the Bishop-elect was Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Québec. Bishop Gagnon has been Bishop of the Diocese of Gaspé for the past 15 years. He had submitted his resignation to the Holy Father upon reaching the age of 75, as required by the Code of Canon Law.
From June 24 to 26, 2016, Pope Francis made an Apostolic Visit to Armenia. It was the first country in the world that officially adopted Christianity in 301. The website of the Holy See provides the main texts of the speeches and interventions by the Holy Father, as well as the archives of photos and video coverage from the visit. To mark this international ecumenical event, the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and His Grace Bishop Abgar Hovakimian, Primate of the Armenian Holy Apostolic Church Diocese of Canada, issued a joint statement on June 3.
Link to the archives on the Holy See's website
Link to the joint statement
The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) has released on its website a statement following the approval of Bill C-14. COLF states that "our voices must continue to resound not only with a clear defense of the dignity of all human life from beginning to natural end but also an insistent demand for effective conscience protection across Canada. Advocacy must also continue for new and major investments in palliative care – the only truly human answer to end of life challenges."
Link to COLF's statement
The recent approval of Bill C-14, which legalizes euthanasia and assisted suicide in our country, stands as an appalling landmark decision to the utter failure of government, and indeed all society, to care truly, authentically and humanely for the suffering and vulnerable in our midst.
The 2016 World Tourism Day will be celebrated this September 27. The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples has released its annual Message, on the theme Tourism for All - Promoting Universal Accessibility. The Pontifical Council states that "the concept 'sustainable tourism' includes the commitment to obtaining a quality of tourism that is respectful of the cultural and environmental diversity of the place that welcomes, taking into consideration both present and future repercussions. The encyclical letter of Pope Francis, Laudato si', can be of great assistance in the good management of Creation, which has been entrusted to all of humanity."
Link to the Message (PDF)