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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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Salt + Light Television Network to inaugurate new broadcast centre

SL logo EN HighRes RGBSalt + Light Catholic Media Foundation is inaugurating its new broadcast centre and studio in Toronto on 25 May 2017. The gala celebration will include a lecture by Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., former Director of the Holy See Press Office, Vatican Radio and the Vatican Television Centre, and now President of the Joseph Ratzinger Foundation. Among the guests attending the dedication will be His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada, and His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington.

Link to S+L news release

 

CNEWA Canada welcomes new project officer to coordinate programs in Ukraine

Anna DombrovskaCatholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) Canada has announced that Ms. Anna Dombrovska will be its project officer responsible for coordinating the organization's work in Ukraine. Ms.Dombrovska grew up and lived in Kyiv. CNEWA has been helping the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church since Ukraine achieved its independence in 1991. Donations provided by CNEWA assist in the renovation of churches and other church facilities, support for seminarians, funding for the Ukrainian Catholic University, and helping the Church's social service initiatives with the poor and marginalized. Founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926, CNEWA works on behalf of the Eastern Churches.

Link to the news release of CNEWA (PDF)

 

Holy See Permanent Observer addresses UN on 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, the Most Reverend Bernardito Auza, recently delivered an address on the occasion of the Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples during the 16th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. In his address Archbishop Auza stated that "indigenous traditions and cultures highlight the important interaction and interdependence of the human person and nature, and features particular care for earth as a nurturing mother. Their approach to nature instills in them a greater sense of responsibility, a stronger sense of community, a readiness to protect others, a spirit of creativity and a deep love for the land." The Permanent Observer made his intervention on 24 April 2017.

Link to the Statement
Link to the report on Vatican Radio

 

Christians, Jews and Muslims call for palliative care strategy for Canada

Bishop Crosby Plénière 2015The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has signed a joint interfaith letter released as an op-ed in The Hill Times, a weekly newspaper covering government and federal politics on Parliament Hill. The other signatories are: Mr. Bruce Clemenger, President, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC); Mr. Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA); and Imam Sikander Hashmi, Canadian Council of Imams.

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Ecumenical letter to the Prime Minister of Canada concerning South Sudan

crise-afrique-article2017b-web 0The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Most Reverend Archbishop Fred J. Hiltz, Primate of The Anglican Church of Canada, and the Reverend Douglas H. Rollwage, Moderator of the 2016 General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada have signed a joint ecumenical letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, concerning the deteriorating situation in South Sudan.

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Solemn Mass for the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal

375 Montreal-logoTo highlight and celebrate the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal, the Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal, will preside at a Eucharistic celebration in Notre-Dame Basilica, 17 May 2017 at 9:00 a.m., in the presence of a number of Bishops from Quebec and other parts of Canada, among whom will be the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). A number of other dignitaries will also be present, including the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of Quebec, the Honorable Philippe Couillard, together with His Worship Mr. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal. The celebration will be broadcast live by RDI/Radio-Canada (CBC News World). Fifteen minutes before the Mass, at 8:45 a.m., the oldest bell of Saint Joseph Oratory will begin a peal of bell ringing from all Montreal's churches, signaling the celebration of the founding of Ville-Marie on 17 May, 375 years ago.

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Conference on Conscience Rights in a Faith Context

His Eminence Gerhard Cardinal Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, will give a public lecture, 15 May 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica in the Archdiocese of Toronto. This conference is part of a symposium organized by the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute on the theme Conscience Rights and Healthcare Professionals. The Symposium will continue on 16 May with a panel discussion with several guests, including the Most Reverend Ronald Peter Fabbro, C.S.B., Bishop of London and President of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario. Cardinal Müller's conference will be streamed live on the website of the Cathedral.

Link to the website of the Cathedral

 

2017 National March for Life in Ottawa

Marche pour la vie 2017As part of the 20th annual National March for Life, 11 May 2017, a number of Bishops participated, with several also presiding at Eucharistic celebrations which were held in the Archdioceses of Ottawa and Gatineau before the rally which marched through the streets of Ottawa. Among the Bishops were His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, the Most Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, the Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa, the Most Reverend Brendan M. O'Brien, Archbishop of Kingston, the Most Reverend Roger Ébacher, Archbishop Emeritus of Gatineau, the Most Reverend Marcel Damphouse, Bishop of Sault Ste-Marie, the Most Reverend Mark A. Hagemoen, Bishop of Mackenzie-Fort Smith, the Most Reverend Scott McCaig, C.C., Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of Canada, and the Most Reverend Christian Riesbeck, C.C., Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa. Salt + Light Television was on hand for news reports and interviews, as well as EWTN TV.

Photo: Salt + Light TV

 

Catholic Bishops of Quebec end their Ad Limina visit with a second meeting with the Holy Father

The Catholic Bishops of Quebec concluded their 2017 Ad Limina visit with a second previously scheduled meeting with Pope Francis. This was a private audience with the Holy Father held on 11 May. Previously, on 5 May, they had met with the Pope at a meeting which he had requested and which also involved various officials from the Roman Curia. In addition, on 9 May, the Quebec Bishops joined Pope Francis for his daily Eucharistic celebration at the Santa Marta Residence. The visit by the Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops marks the end of the series of four 2017 Ad Limina visits by the Bishops of Canada. These began with the Bishops from the Atlantic Episcopal Assembly, 13 to 18 March, followed by the Bishops from Western Canada, 27 March to 2 April, and then by the Bishops of Ontario, 24 to 29 April.

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Photo: © L'Osservatore Romano

 

Suggestions on residential school burial sites and Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Saint Kateri TekakwithaThe Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), in consultation with the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council and Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, is proposing that Catholic dioceses/eparchies, parishes, missions and organizations offer assistance on two key issues which are of special importance to Indigenous People and of concern for all Canadians:

1. Identifying, documenting, commemorating and protecting residential school cemeteries and related burial sites
2. Assisting the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

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Canada Revenue Agencies releases report and recommendations by Panel on Charities and Political Activities

On 4 May 2017, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) released the report and recommendations of its Panel on Charities and Political Activities, which was involved in a broad consultation during much of 2016 with registered charities across the country. Registered charities are those authorized to provide an income tax receipt for donations they have received. Such charities include parishes and many Catholic organizations, as well as the equivalent structures of other Christian Churches or world religions, in addition to many NGOs and community organizations. This past 22 December 2016, the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), wrote to the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, to express concern about various CRA "categories and definitions that many religious charities find inadequate and even unfair."

Link to the CRA report
Link to the letter of Bishop Crosby

 

AQCB President's message concerning the floods in Quebec

lortieThe Most Reverend Paul Lortie, Bishop of Mont-Laurier and President of the Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops (AQCB), has issued a message to express the concern of the Bishops for the communities affected by the floods. Bishop Lortie thanks all those involved with assistance, relief and security operations, and prays that people "in this precarious situation may find inner peace" and solidarity.

Link to the Message (PDF)

 

CELAM celebrates 20th anniversary of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for America

jodoinAs part of its 34th General Assembly, the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM) will highlight the 20th anniversary of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for America and the 10th anniversary of CELAM's Aparecida meeting. The Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean will be meeting in San Salvador, El Salvador, 9 to 12 May 2017. The Most Reverend Daniel Jodoin, Bishop of Bathurst, will represent the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). He has been invited to speak on two topics: Aparecida's Concluding Document and its pertinence for Canada, and the Canadian reception of the Synod of America and its ensuing Apostolic Exhortation, Ecclesia in America.

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