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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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A Church Seeking Justice: The Challenge of Pope Francis to the Church in Canada

Cover A Church Seeking Justice(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has published a new resource entitled A Church Seeking Justice: The Challenge of Pope Francis to the Church in Canada. Since his election as Bishop of Rome, the Holy Father "has brought an immediacy and specificity to Catholic social teaching that has made it a strong mark of his pontificate thus far," states the Episcopal Commission in its text which was released today. Dealing broadly with the themes of Human Dignity and Labour, War and Peace, and the Economics of Exclusion and Isolation, this document outlines the freshness and urgency with which Pope Francis is calling us to act for justice and offers reflection questions tailored to our Canadian context.

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Canadian Catholic - Hindu dialogue discusses atheism

Hindu Dialogue-2015-webThe national Catholic – Hindu dialogue met on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at the Scarboro Mission, in Toronto. The topic for discussion was "The new atheism and the spiritual but not religious phenomena -- responses from the Hindu and Catholic communities". The Hindu Co-Chair of the dialogue, Dr. Tinu Ruparell from the Department of Classics and Religion of the University of Calgary, and Keshava Sharma, Communications Director for ISKON Toronto, presented reflections from the Hindu perspective. Father Mark Gatto, a Roman Catholic priest and Pastor of St. Matthew's Parish in Oakville, Ontario, along with Ms. Nisheeta Menon, an educator with the Toronto Catholic District School Board, presented reflections from the Catholic perspective. After each presentation, the entire dialogue group was invited to provide a response.

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World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation: examples of how dioceses and others are responding

In response to the invitation by Pope Francis for all the Church to join today in the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Canadian dioceses and local faith communities have joined the Holy Father in praying for creation. The Archdiocese of Québec has provided a video message from Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix. In the Archdiocese of Montréal, a bilingual ecumenical prayer service is taking place at 7:00 p.m. in Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel. The Archdiocese of Toronto has circulated the prayer for creation on its social networks. The Bishop of Saskatoon, the Most Reverend Donald Bolen, has also invited the faithful to unite in prayer for creation. The Most Reverend Michael J. Miller, C.S.B., Archbishop of Vancouver, issued a statement, also inviting those in the Archdiocese to pray for creation and to join in a special Mass at the Cathedral. The Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa, joined with St Joseph's Supper Table and Parish in prayer for respect for creation. Celebrated on September 1 annually, beginning this year, the World Day of Prayer coincides with a similar celebration previously established by Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Link to the video message of Cardinal Lacroix (in French only)
Link to the statement of Archbishop Miller
Link to the Encyclical Laudato Si'

 

A Church in Dialogue – The Catholic Church and Interreligious Dialogue

184-898(CCCB – Ottawa)... To mark the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's Declaration on the Relations of the Church with Non-Christian Religions, Nostra Aetate (promulgated in 1965), the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), through its Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue, has published a new resource entitled: A Church in Dialogue: The Catholic Church and Interreligious Dialogue. This 12-page resource presents the origins of Nostra Aetate and its impact on interreligious dialogue, both in Canada and abroad over the past 50 years, and most notably the renewed relationship between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people. As the document states, "Nostra Aetate offers a vision of hope and a model of respectful, meaningful interaction. It marked a critical beginning point for contemporary interreligious dialogue for Catholics...."

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THE LIFE AND SPIRITUALITY OF BLESSED DINA BÉLANGER

Dina Bélanger-webOn September 4, the Church in Canada celebrates the life and witness of Blessed Dina Bélanger. When she was 24, she entered the novitiate of the Religious of Jesus and Mary in Sillery, Quebec. She received the religious habit the next year under the name of Marie Sainte-Cécile de Rome, and made temporary vows on August 15, 1923. She pronounced perpetual vows on August 15, 1928. The following April, she had to enter the infirmary. She died on September 4, 1929, at the age of 32, the victim of pulmonary tuberculosis which had first been diagnosed in the spring of 1926. Dina Bélanger was beatified by Saint John Paul II on March 20, 1993, at the same time as Saint Claudine Thévenet, the founder in France of the religious congregation to which Dina belonged.

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Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during September 2015

lifeandfamilyWith the beginning of the 2015-2016 pastoral year, 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 September 2015 include suggestions from the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 6, to the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 27. 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 September are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

 

102nd World Day of Migrants and Refugees

On January 17, 2016, the Church will celebrate the 102nd World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The theme chosen by Pope Francis is "Migrants and refugees challenge us. The response of the Gospel of mercy ". The official message will be published in the coming months.

Link to the Website of the Jubilee of Mercy

 

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Cover Laudato Si-ENEarlier this August, Pope Francis instituted the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which will be on September 1 annually, beginning in 2015. It will coincide with a similar celebration previously established by Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. It is therefore also a day of ecumenical prayer. In his letter addressed to the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, the Holy Father wrote: "As Christians we wish to contribute to resolving the ecological crisis which humanity is presently experiencing. In doing so, we must first rediscover in our own rich spiritual patrimony the deepest motivations for our concern for the care of creation." On the website of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, there are already some resources in connection with the Pope's Encyclical, Laudato Si' (Praise Be To You), on the care of our common home. At the end of the Encyclical is found the following prayer:

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2015 CCCB PLENARY ASSEMBLY

Plenary 2014-2(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will hold its annual Plenary Assembly, 14-18 September 2015, at the Nav Canada Centre, Cornwall, Ontario, in the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall. The meeting will be chaired by the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and CCCB President, who will finish his term as the current President at the end of this Plenary. Part of the 2015 Plenary agenda is dedicated to the election of a new President and other members of the Executive Committee and Permanent Council who will serve for the next two years. On the eve of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, together with the second Synod of Bishops on the family, the theme of the family will be a key part of the discussions of the Plenary Assembly. Moreover, the Bishops will gather at Saint Joseph Oratory, Montreal, for a special Mass open to the public to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life. The Mass will be held on September 17 at 10:30 am.

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Posthumous tribute to Cardinal Turcotte

Cardinal Turcotte 2013The Dominican Pastoral Institute, Montreal, will be awarding an Honorary Doctorate in Pastoral Theology to the late Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, Archbishop Emeritus of Montréal, on September 2, 2015. By being awarded posthumously, as part of the inauguration of the academic year, it is hoped this will inspire all those who are preparing for and being formed in the pastoral ministry. The Institute is associated with the Dominican University College of Ottawa which was founded 115 years ago. This is also the year that the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) celebrates its 800th anniversary. Over the centuries, it has become a great spiritual family of thousands of priests, Brothers, Sisters and laity around the world.

Link to the Website of the Institute (in French only)

 

CCCB comment on Israeli renewed construction of security wall in Cremisan Valley

Holy Land 2015-4This past Monday, August 17, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Fouad Boutros Ibrahim Twal, denounced the renewed Israeli construction of the security wall near the Cremisan Valley. The valley lies in the West Bank on the Palestinian side of the Green Line adjacent to the towns of Beit Jala and Bethlehem. The Patriarch declared that the resumption of construction is "without regard to the rights of the families of the valley" and called on the Israeli authorities to await the upcoming decision of the Supreme Court of Israel on the petition submitted by the families in the valley.

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CCCB representatives participate in meeting of the Holy See – “In Union with God We Hear a Plea” on mining activities

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) was represented at a recent meeting organized by the Holy See on mining activities. The two CCCB representatives were Dr. Ernest Martin Kroeker from the Diocese of Kamloops, on behalf of the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation community near Williams Lake, B.C., and Mr. Kyle Ferguson, CCCB advisor for ecclesial and interfaith relations who also assists the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council. The meeting, held this past July 17-19 in Rome, concerned communities from across the globe which are affected by mining activities. It was organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Titled "In Union with God We Hear a Plea," the meeting brought together representatives from Latin America, Africa, India, the Philippines, North America as well as Non-Governmental Organizations and Episcopal Conferences.

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The Catholic Bishops of Canada celebrate people in Consecrated Life

Logo Year Consecrated LifeOn the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) joins the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC) to invite all religious, members of societies of apostolic life and secular institutes, as well as all interested Catholics, to a Mass of Thanksgiving, September 17, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., at Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, in Montreal. The Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the CCCB, will preside at the Mass along with all the Catholic Bishops of Canada. Fr. Eugene King, O.M.I. will deliver the homily. This celebration will take place during the annual meeting of the Plenary Assembly of the CCCB, which will take place in Cornwall, Ontario.

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