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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada. It was founded in 1943 and officially recognized by the Holy See in 1948. After the Second Vatican Council (1962–65), it became part of a worldwide network of Episcopal Conferences, established in 1965, as an integral part of the life of the universal Church.

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Video footage and documentation from Pope Francis’ Apostolic Visit to Armenia

Pope Francis and Karekin II - webFrom 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

 

COLF responds to legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada

colflogoThe 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

 

Statement by CCCB President on the recent approval of Bill C-14 legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide

Bishop Crosby Plénière 2015The 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.

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Message for 2016 World Tourism Day

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)

 

Theme for the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees

On January 15, 2017, the Church will celebrate the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The theme chosen by Pope Francis will focus on children as vulnerable and voiceless migrants. The official message of the Holy Father will be published in the coming months by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples.

Link to the announcement on the Holy See's information website

 

Update of CCCB French-language Ordo for fall 2016

ORDO 2016Following the promulgation of the revised French-language Lectionary for use in Canada, the Lectionary references in the CCCB French-language Ordo for 2015 - 2016 are no longer up to date for the period following September 4, 2016. In view of this, a section of the Ordo has been updated to correspond to these changes. This update in PDF format is available on the website of the Office national de liturgie. The updated Lectionary references are already incorporated as part of the 2016-2017 edition of the CCCB French-language Ordo.

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Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during July 2016

lifeandfamilyimage-2016-2The 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 July 2016 include suggestions from the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 3, to the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 31. 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 July are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

 

Message from the Holy See to mark the month of Ramadan 2016

To mark the month of Ramadan and its conclusion (Id al-Fitr), the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has issued a message entitled Christians and Muslims: Beneficiaries and Instruments of Divine Mercy. The message is intended to be shared with Muslims or those working in interfaith conversations. The celebration of Ramadan started this year in Canada on June 6 and will continue for 30 days until it concludes with the celebration of Id al-Fitr on July 6, 2016.

Link to the message

 

New Auxiliary Bishop appointed for Toronto

Kasun Robert-web(CCCB – Ottawa)... His Holiness Pope Francis today appointed the Reverend Father Robert Kasun, C.S.B., Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto. At the time of his appointment, the Bishop-elect was Pastor of St. Alphonsus-St. Clare Parish in Edmonton. Father Kasun will join three others as Auxiliary Bishops of Toronto: the Most Reverend John A. Boissonneau, the Most Reverend Wayne Kirkpatrick and the Most Reverend Vincent Nguyen.

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CCCB President writes to Bishop John Noonan of Orlando

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 John Noonan, Bishop of the Diocese of Orlando, following the recent tragedy that occurred in Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016.

Link to the CCCB President's letter (PDF) 
Link to the CCCB President's letter in French (PDF)

 

Interfaith Representatives Call for Improved Palliative Care across Canada

Palliative-care-June 14 2016-webCompassion for those at the end of their lives is a Canadian value

Ottawa, ON—Today, representatives from various faith communities united to issue a joint call to Canada's elected officials to support a robust, well-resourced, national palliative care strategy and to raise awareness of inadequacies in palliative care, particularly in the wake of the debate over Physician-Assisted Dying/Suicide.

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Ordination of new Auxiliary Bishop of Montreal

Faubert Alain-webThe ordination of the Most Reverend Alain Faubert as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Montreal will take place on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., in Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, Montreal. The Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal, will preside as the principal ordaining Bishop, along with the Most Reverend Thomas Dowd, Auxiliary Bishop of Montreal, and the Most Reverend Jude Saint-Antoine, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Montreal, as co-consecrators. The Apostolic Nuncio, the Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, will be present, together with more than 30 other Bishops from Canada, including the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and Vice President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Most Reverend Paul Lortie, Bishop of Mont-Laurier and President of the Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops. At the time of his appointment on April 19, 2016, Bishop Faubert was Pastor of Saint-Germain Parish in Montreal. The celebration will be broadcast live on Salt + Light Television. 

Link to the news release of the Archdiocese of Montreal 
Link to the website of Salt + Light TV

 

CCCB Standing Committee on Development and Peace / CCODP Standing Liaison Committee - Summary of June 2016 meeting

Logo CCODPThe Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) Standing Liaison Committee and the Standing Committee for Development and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) held their latest joint meeting on June 2, 2016, at the Development and Peace offices in Montreal. The CCCB Standing Committee advises the Conference on Development and Peace plans and activities, as well as facilitates communication and collaboration between the CCCB and CCODP.

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Canada’s oldest diocese, the Archdiocese of Quebec, was established in 1674. Most Reverend François de Laval was its first Bishop.