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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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2016 International Eucharistic Congress

2016-iec-logoThe 51st International Eucharistic Congress will be held in Cebu, Philippines, January 24 to 31, 2016, on the theme "Christ in you, our hope of glory" (Colossians 1.27). The Most Reverend Luc Cyr, Archbishop of Sherbrooke, and the Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, C.S.B., Archbishop of Vancouver, are the official delegates from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) to the 2016 Congress, following their appointments by the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses.

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Symposium in Quebec City on Consecrated Life

Logo Year Consecrated LifeOn the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life, the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of Laval University, Quebec, in partnership with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Institut de pastorale des dominicains, will hold a symposium on the consecrated life (in French only), October 26-27, 2015. On the theme Reveillez le monde ("Wake up the world"), the Symposium will bring together men and women who live the consecrated life, as well as experts and theologians. His Eminence Gérard Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of the Church in Canada; the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and Vice President of the CCCB; the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and Co-Treasurer of the CCCB; and the Most Reverend Yvon Joseph Moreau, O.C.S.O., Bishop of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, will be among the speakers.

Link to the registration information

 

Death of Romeo Maione, first CCODP Executive Director

dandpLast week, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace announced the death of Mr. Romeo Maione who had been its first Executive Director from 1967 to 1973. Mr. Maione was 90 years old and living in Ottawa at the time of his death. In 1950, at the age of 25, he joined the Young Christian Workers, and spent four years organizing the movement in Canada, subsequently becoming its International President in Brussels. In 1962 he became Assistant Director of the then Social Action Department of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. In 1976, he joined the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) as Director of International Affairs, and spent two years in Canberra, Australia. In 1987 he received an invitation to participate as a Canadian observer at the Synod of Bishops on the Laity.

Link to the news release of CCODP

 

Death of the Most Reverend Robert Lebel, Bishop Emeritus of Valleyfield

lebel robert mgr 0(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Most Reverend Robert Lebel, Bishop Emeritus of Valleyfield, died on May 25, 2015, at the age of 90. He had been named Auxiliary Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil by Blessed Paul VI on March 12, 1974, and Bishop of Valleyfield on March 31, 1976. After 24 years in Valleyfield, he offered his resignation to the Holy Father when reaching the age of 75, as required by the Code of Canon Law, which was accepted on June 29, 2000.

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Message of the Holy Father for the 2015 World Mission Day

The Holy See released on May 24, 2015, the Solemnity of Pentecost, the Message of the Holy Father for the 2015 World Mission Sunday on October 18. In his Message, the Holy Father writes that "the Church's mission is faced by the challenge of meeting the needs of all people to return to their roots and to protect the values of their respective cultures. This means knowing and respecting other traditions and philosophical systems, and realizing that all peoples and cultures have the right to be helped from within their own traditions to enter into the mystery of God's wisdom and to accept the Gospel of Jesus, who is light and transforming strength for all cultures."

Link to Pope Francis' Message

 

Pastoral letter by Archbishop Prendergast of Ottawa on the closing ceremonies of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

TRC logo engThe closing ceremonies of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will be held in Ottawa this coming May 31 to June 3. The Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa, has issued a pastoral letter, asking Catholics in the Archdiocese to be in solidarity with Aboriginal Peoples over offences committed in the former Indian Residential Schools, inviting them to join him in prayer, and encouraging participation in the public events as an expression of reconciliation, including joining Archbishop Prendergast in the Solidarity Walk on May 31. The Most Reverend Gerard Pettipas, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Grouard-McLennan and President of the Corporation of Catholic Entities Party to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement (CEPIRSS), and the Most Reverend Sylvain Lavoie, O.M.I., Archbishop Emeritus of Keewatin – Le Pas, will also be present for the TRC closing ceremonies, as well as Aboriginal members from the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council.

Link to the Pastoral Letter

 

Letter from the CCCB President to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada on assisted suicide

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Dear Minister,

Further to the ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada this past February 6, the Catholic Bishops of Canada welcomed the announcement you made in media interviews last month when you said that the federal government will soon reveal details of its public consultations regarding new legislation on assisted suicide. More recently, my brother Bishops and I also noted media reports a few weeks ago which quoted you as saying that the consultation, "while not formally announced, has begun."

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Salt + Light TV presents series of videos for World Meeting of Families 2015

WMF 2015 ENIn preparation for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, September 22 to 27, 2015, Salt + Light TV has produced a series of videos on how family life and the lives of the Saints and Blesseds are inter-related, and these have special importance for the Church as well as for today's families. Each presentation is approximately five minutes long, and provides a short biography on the life of each Saint or Blessed as well as a testimony to their journey of faith. To date, Salt + Light has completed 12 videos, some of which are available in four languages -- English, French, Chinese and Spanish. The goal for these resources is to spread the word about the World Meeting of Families to a wide audience.

Link to the list on the CCCB Website 
Link to the PDF version of the list with a short description

 

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

lifeandfamilyThe 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 June 2015 include suggestions from the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, June 7, to the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 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 June are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

 

CNEWA launches emergency Middle East campaign to aid Christians

prendergastThe Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) is appealing "to Canadians to continue their support for families fleeing the barbaric violence perpetrated by ISIS and the unresolved Syrian civil war." Among the millions affected are the once vibrant Christian communities of Syria and Iraq, which may for the first time in 2000 years be forced from their homeland. In 2014, Canadians donated more than $1 million to CNEWA in order to support the peoples and Churches of the Middle East. Along with this Canadian contribution, an additional $6 million in donations was made to CNEWA globally to aid struggling Christians during 2015. To mark the papal agency's 10th anniversary in Canada this year, the Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa and Chair of CNEWA Canada, has published a message encouraging support for its mission.

Link to the message of Archbishop Prendergast 
Link to the news release

 

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of the Philippines elected President of Caritas Internationalis

His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, was elected President of Caritas Internationalis for a first term. He succeeds His Eminence Oscar Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, S.D.B., Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, who has completed two four-year terms as President. The elections were held during the annual general assembly of Caritas Internationalis which met in Rome, May 12-17, 2015, on the theme "One Human Family, Caring for Creation". Pope Francis presided at its opening Mass. Caritas Internationalis is the worldwide federation of Catholic relief and development agencies which includes 165 national Caritas, including the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP). Delegates from Development and Peace are participating in the General Assembly, including the President of its National Council, Mr. Ray Temmerman from Manitoba.

Link to Caritas Internationalis

 

2015 Pentecost message for Canadian Catholic movements and associations

Forum 2014The Standing Committee for Relations with Movements and Associations of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued its annual Pentecost message for Catholic movements and associations in Canada. In its message, the Standing Committee recalls the 2014 CCCB Forum for National Catholic Movements and Associations as a moment "to witness the variety of ways people are living lives of service to strengthen our Church and communities. But, more importantly, we spoke about discovering more effective ways of working together – to discover the complementarity of our Movements and Associations. Our celebration of Pentecost reminds us that this is primarily the work of the Holy Spirit, and our place is to listen carefully and follow faithfully."

Link to the message

 

2015 March for Life in Ottawa

2015 March for lifeIn a news release issued yesterday, the Archdiocese of Ottawa has published the schedule of activities and celebrations during the March for Life on May 14, 2015. Bishops will preside at several Eucharistic celebrations, including the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, and the Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa. Among the other Bishops who will participate in the events will be the Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada; the Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal; the Most Reverend Brendan M. O'Brien, Archbishop of Kingston; the Most Reverend Denis Grondin, Archbishop-Elect of Rimouski and representative of His Eminence Gérard Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of the Church in Canada; the Most Reverend Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B., Bishop of London; the Most Reverend Fred Colli, Bishop of Thunder Bay; the Most Reverend Marcel Damphousse, Bishop of Alexandria-Cornwall; the Most Reverend Daniel J. Miehm, Auxiliary Bishop of Hamilton; and the Most Reverend Christian Riesbeck, C.C., Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa. A prayer service is also being organized by Ukrainian Catholics, with special worship services as well for participants from the Anglican, Lutheran and Evangelical Churches. Salt + Light Television will be on hand for news reports and interviews.

Link to the news release

 
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