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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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2019 Message to Mark the Hindu Celebration of Deepavali

His Eminence Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, M.C.C.J., President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, has issued the annual message to mark the Hindu celebration of Deepavali, entitled "Believers: Builders of Fraternity and Peaceful Coexistence". Deepavali (also called Diwali) celebrates the victory of truth over falsehood, light over darkness, life over death, good over evil. The celebrations last three days and mark the beginning of a new year, a time for family reconciliation, especially among brothers and sisters, and adoration of the Divine. The date for the feast can vary. Hindu communities in Canada begin their celebrations of Deepavali this year on 27 October.

Message of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

 

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Provides Update on the Organizational Review of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace-Caritas Canada

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is providing an update on the organizational diagnostic (review) of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace-Caritas Canada (CCODP) since the receipt of the final report prepared and delivered at the end of September 2019.

Update on the Organizational Review of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace-Caritas Canada (CCODP)

 

2019 World Mission Sunday Message

In June 2019, the Holy See released the Holy Father's Message for the 93rd World Mission Sunday, to be held on 20 October 2019. In his Message, Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World, the Holy Father writes: "Celebrating this [Extraordinary Missionary Month] will help us first to rediscover the missionary dimension of our faith in Jesus Christ, a faith graciously bestowed on us in baptism. Our filial relationship with God is not something simply private, but always in relation to the Church. Through our communion with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we, together with so many of our other brothers and sisters, are born to new life. This divine life is not a product for sale – we do not practise proselytism – but a treasure to be given, communicated and proclaimed: that is the meaning of mission."

Catholics across Canada are invited to support the mission work of the Church through their prayers and contribution to the special collection this 20 October. The distribution of the proceeds is overseen by the Canadian and international Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS), and is used for the missionary work of the Church, particularly in disadvantaged areas of the world. To learn more about the PMS, please visit www.missionsocieties.ca.

Message of Pope Francis for World Mission Sunday 2019

 

New Bishop Appointed for the Diocese of Saint John

Bishop Christian RiesbeckOttawa - His Holiness Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Robert Harris as Bishop of the Diocese of Saint John (New Brunswick), and today appointed his successor, the Most Reverend Christian Riesbeck, C.C. At the time of his appointment, Bishop Riesbeck was Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Ottawa. Bishop Harris has been the Bishop of the Diocese of Saint John for the past 12 years. He submitted his resignation to the Holy Father upon reaching the age of 75, as required by the Code of Canon Law.

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Voting as Catholics: 2019 Federal Election Guide

2019 Federal Election Guide webThe 2019 Federal Election Guide, prepared by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' (CCCB) Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace and published in the name of the Permanent Council, has been formatted for online sharing and includes hyperlinks directing the reader to further resources on various issues important to Catholics. The Guide's content offers a reflection on key ethical and moral issues that voters, especially Catholics, may want to consider.

Voting as Catholics: 2019 Federal Election Guide

 

Joint Statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Anglican Church of Canada on the Canonization of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman

cardinal-johnhenrynewman-63163 640In anticipation of the upcoming canonization of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman, to be celebrated on Sunday, 13 October 2019, in Rome, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) have issued a joint statement of thanksgiving to mark the occasion. The statement is signed by the Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and President of the CCCB, and Archbishop Linda Nicholls, Primate of the ACC.

Joint Statement on the Canonization of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman

 

Bishop Appointed for the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador

Bishop-elect van Roijen webYesterday, His Holiness Pope Francis appointed Father Bart van Roijen, Bishop of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador. At the time of his appointment, the Bishop-elect was serving as Vicar General of the Diocese of Nelson.

Bishop-elect van Roijen was born in Diemen, the Netherlands on 4 August 1965 and immigrated to Canada at the age of eight with his family. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Saskatchewan (1986) and a Master of Divinity from the University of Western Ontario (1989). He then pursued teacher training through the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary (1990-1992) and worked as the Diocesan Director of Religious Education for the former Diocese of Gravelbourg (1992-1995). Following the completion of his seminary formation, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Nelson on 25 April 1997. Subsequent to his ordination, he served as pastor in a number of parishes and missions in British Columbia as well as the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith. He likewise held a number of appointments for the Diocese of Nelson including Vocations Director, Chair of the Priest Council, Director of the Permanent Diaconate Program, and most recently, Vicar General. His episcopal ordination will take place on 12 December 2019, at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Redeemer and Immaculate Conception in Corner Brook, NL.

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Death of The Most Reverend Gérard Tremblay, P.S.S. Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Montréal

tremblay gThe Most Reverend Gérard Tremblay, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Montréal, died on 28 September 2019, one month prior to his 101st birthday.

Bishop Tremblay was born on 27 October 1918 in Montréal and was ordained a priest 16 June 1946 following the completion of his theological formation at the Grand séminaire de Montréal. He then pursued further studies in spirituality, theology and catechesis. Before being appointed Bishop, he taught at Collège André-Grasset and the Grand séminaire de Montréal and likewise served in various pastoral capacities at parishes within Montréal and in neighbouring dioceses. He was also the Second General Consultor for the Sulpician Province of Canada from 1970 to 1976. On 20 March 1981, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Montréal, in which capacity he served for ten years.

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Father Michael Czerny, S.J. to Join the College of Cardinals

On 1 September 2019, Pope Francis announced the names of thirteen new cardinals to be created at a public consistory in the month of October. Among the appointees was Father Michael Czerny, S.J. of Canada. Cardinal-designate Czerny will officially be elevated to the College of Cardinals during the Ordinary Public Consistory to take place tomorrow on Saturday 5 October 2019 and following his ordination to the episcopacy today. Coverage of the Consistory will be available through the Vatican News website https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html and YouTube channel.

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Bishops Elect New CCCB Executive and Bring 2019 Plenary Assembly to a Close

Cornwall, Ontario – The Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) elected the Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg, as its next President, and the Most Reverend Raymond Poisson, Bishop of St-Jérôme, as its next Vice President.

gagnon r 113x140Archbishop Richard Gagnon succeeds the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil as President at the conclusion of the 2019 Plenary Assembly. Archbishop Gagnon, was born in 1948 in Lethbridge, Alberta. After seminary studies at the Pontifical Beda College in Rome, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1983 for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. He was named Bishop of Victoria in 2004 and appointed Archbishop of Winnipeg in October 2013. He has served from 2007 to 2008 on the CCCB Permanent Council as the regional representative of the Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops and from 2017 to 2019 as the CCCB Vice-President.

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Bishops Conclude Final Full Day of Meetings at Plenary Assembly

Cornwall, Ontario – Today marked the final full day of meetings for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' (CCCB) Plenary Assembly.

The day began with the annual meeting of the English Sector Bishops. As with their colleagues from the French Sector, this meeting brings together Bishops from predominantly English-speaking dioceses and eparchies to receive information on liturgical, catechetical and other pastoral matters which are closely tied to language and culture. Of note, Bishops received an update on preparations for the forthcoming CCCB hymnal, Music for Catholic Worship.

As approved by the Bishops, the Statement on Nuclear Weapons was released today. Among other notable things, the statement calls on the Government of Canada to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

As a follow-up to a meeting held prior to the Plenary Assembly with Bishops and victims-survivors of sexual abuse, a delegation of Bishops accepted an invitation to attend a screening of a documentary film on sexual abuse playing in Cornwall. In doing so, the Bishops expressed their intention to acknowledge the victims who would be gathered for this event, their suffering, and their desire for healing and transformation. The CCCB remains committed to seeking new ways to build bridges with victims-survivors, learning from their experiences and wisdom, so that such tragedies never happen again.

 

CCCB Releases Statement on Nuclear Weapons

Statement on Nuclear Weapons Cover webCornwall, Ontario – The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) gathered for the Plenary Assembly, approved and is now issuing the Statement on Nuclear Weapons. This release also coincides with the United Nations' (UN) International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. In recent years, with major powers having increased their reliance on nuclear deterrence and having begun the modernization of their nuclear arsenals, through this statement, the Catholic Bishops of Canada speak out in full support of Pope Francis' strong condemnation of nuclear weapons. Bishops make a special appeal to the Government of Canada to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. They also call on Canada, through changes in its own policies and practices, to persist in its efforts to bring NATO into conformity with the treaty.

 

Pastoral Matters Discussed During Third Day of CCCB Plenary Assembly

Cornwall, Ontario – The third day of the Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) continued with discussions on a variety of pastoral matters.

Bishops received and discussed the annual report of the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council as well as various Indigenous initiatives. They were also provided information on and updates from prison ministry, the delegates to the recent international conference organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture on the decommissioning of churches and their reuse, and the delegates to the upcoming 2020 International Eucharistic Congress.

Today, the plenary included the annual meeting of the French Sector. This meeting brings together Bishops from predominantly French-speaking dioceses and eparchies to receive information on liturgical, catechetical and other pastoral matters which are closely tied to language and culture. Of note, the Bishops received an update on the anticipated French translation of the Roman Missal. The meeting of the English Sector is scheduled for Thursday, 26 September 2019.

 
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