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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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THE LIFE AND SPIRITUALITY OF BLESSED FREDERIC JANSSOONE

Frederic Jansoone de Ghyvelde ODM-pinxitOn August 5, the Church in Canada celebrates the life and witness of Blessed Frederic Janssoone. Born in 1838 in the North of France, he entered the novitiate of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1864 in Amiens and was ordained a priest in 1870. In 1881, Father Frederic made his first trip to Canada to establish an annual collection for the Holy Places and to submit to the Bishops a plan for the Commissariat for the Holy Land in Canada. He paved the way for the reestablishment in Canada of the Order of Friars Minor, which had ceased to exist with the death of the last Recollet in 1812. Father Frederic travelled from one parish to another in several Quebec dioceses, and went door-to-door selling his works. The profit from his sales went toward the establishment of several communities of consecrated life: the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, the Poor Clares, the Franciscans of Trois-Rivières, and the Sister Adorers of the Precious Blood of Joliette. He died of stomach cancer in Montreal on August 4, 1916. Father Frederic is buried in Trois-Rivières. He was beatified by Saint John Paul II on September 25, 1988.

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Death of Father Fernand Tanguay, O.P., former CCCB Assistant General Secretary

Father Fernand Tanguay, O.P., died in the Philippines on May 29, 2015, at the age of 82. The funeral took place on June 4, 2015 at the Santo Domingo Convent in Manilla. Father Tanguay was Assistant General Secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops between 1993 and 1997. After being Ambassador of Canada to the Holy See, he became a Dominican in the Philippines and was ordained priest on June 11, 2011.

 

A Church in Dialogue – Catholics and Muslims in Canada: Believers and Citizens in Society

184-893(CCCB – Ottawa)... 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 to coincide with the conclusion of the month of Ramadan (Id al-Fitr, July 18), entitled: A Church in Dialogue: Catholics and Muslims in Canada : Believers and Citizens in Society. In a letter introducing the document, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the CCCB, explains that "the pamphlet is meant to help Canadian Catholics better understand their Muslim neighbours." This is the first time the CCCB has published a resource on relations between Catholics and Muslims in Canada.

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Message for 2015 World Tourism Day

The 2015 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 One billion tourists, one billion opportunities. The Pontifical Council states that "we are in a phase of change in which the way of moving is changing and consequently the experience of traveling as well. Those who go to countries different from their own do so with the more or less conscious desire to reawaken the most hidden part of themselves through encounter, sharing and confrontation. More and more, a tourist is in search of direct contact with what is different in its extra-ordinariness."

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CCCB Standing Committee on Development and Peace / CCODP Standing Liaison Committee

dandpThe 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 18, 2015, at the CCCB Offices in Ottawa, ON. 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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Pope Francis appoints Cardinal Collins to Congregation for the Oriental Churches

collinsOn June 27, 2015, the Holy Father appointed His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, as a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. Cardinal Collins is also a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and the Commission of Cardinals overseeing the Institute for the Works of Religion.

 

Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during July 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 July 2015 include suggestions from the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 5, to the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 26. 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".

 

Prayer for the Year of Consecrated Life

Life EN 2014The Ad Hoc Committee on the Year of Consecrated Life has released the Prayer for our Sisters and Brothers in Consecrated Life. The text was approved by the Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), as well as by the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC). The Ad hoc Committee includes Bishops, as well as representatives from the CRC, new ecclesial communities and secular institutes.

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Message from the Holy See to mark the month of Ramadan 2015

To mark the month of Ramadan and its conclusion (Id al-Fitr), the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue sent to Muslims a message entitled Christians and Muslims: Together to counter violence perpetrated in the name of religion. 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 18 and will continue for 30 days until it concludes with the Muslim feast of Id al-Fitr which will be celebrated this July 17, 2015.

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THE LIFE AND SPIRITUALITY OF BLESSED VASYL VELYCHKOVSKY

Blessed Vasyl VelychkovskyOn June 27, the Church in Canada celebrates the life and witness of Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky. Born in 1903 in Stanyslaviv (now Ivano-Frankivsk), in Eastern Galicia, today's Western Ukraine, Bishop Velychkovsky was ordained a priest by the Most Reverend Josyf Botsian, Bishop of Lutsk. In 1959, the Apostolic See appointed Father Velychkovsky a Bishop of the underground Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church. He was ordained a Bishop in 1963 in a Moscow hotel room by Metropolitan Josyf Slipyj, who had just been released from prison and was on his way to the Second Vatican Council. Metropolitan Slipyj made him the locum tenens, the person in charge of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in Ukraine during his absence. Bishop Velychkovsky worked to strengthen the underground Church. In 1969, he was arrested after writing a book on Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Following the invitation of the Ukrainian Catholic Archbishop of Winnipeg, Metropolitan Maxim Hermaniuk, who was also a Redemptorist, Bishop Velychkovsky came to live in Canada. He gave retreats to clergy, but his visit among the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada did not last long. On June 30, 1973, Bishop Velychkovsky died at the age of 70 in Winnipeg, where he was buried. His relics, a fully intact body, are now enshrined in Saint Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Winnipeg.

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Encyclical Letter Laudato si’ of Pope Francis is welcomed throughout Canada

Edmonton Laudato si-2Immediately following the publication of Pope Francis' Encyclical Letter on the care for our common home, several dioceses across Canada organized news conferences to share their initial reactions with the local media and the general public. These included the Archdiocese of Edmonton, the Archdiocese of Québec, the Archdiocese of Toronto, the Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and the Diocese of Nicolet. In each of these instances, the dioceses invited resource persons and experts to speak. Among those invited were Ms. Elizabeth (Betty) Letendre, a Cree/Metis in Alberta who is manager of the Council of Elders at Edmonton Catholic Schools; Dr. Simon Appolloni, scholar in Christianity and the environment at the University of Toronto, the Right Rev. Dennis Paul Drainville, Anglican Bishop of Québec; Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., CEO of Salt + Light TV; Mr. Norman Lévesque of the Green Church network, as well as local representatives of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.

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“Praise be to you, my Lord”: Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis on care for our common home

pope  francisDuring a news conference at the Vatican Press Office on June 18, 2015, the Holy See presented the second Encyclical Letter that Pope Francis has issued since the beginning of his pontificate. Entitled "Praise be to you, my Lord" (Laudato si'), the central question posed by the Holy Father is: "What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?" (no. 160). Pope Francis continues: "This question not only concerns the environment in isolation; the issue cannot be approached piecemeal." It leads to questions about the meaning of existence and the values which should be the basis of social life: "What is the purpose of our life in this world? Why are we here? What is the goal of our work and all our efforts? What need does the earth have of us?" The Holy Father adds, "Unless we struggle with these deeper issues, I do not believe that our concern for ecology will produce significant results."

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Holy Father confirms names of CCCB members elected to the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

In its edition of June 16, 2015, the Vatican Information Service has announced that the Holy Father has confirmed the names of the four members of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) elected as delegates to the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops as well as of the two substitutes. The names of the Canadian delegates and substitutes are, from the French Sector, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the CCCB, and the Most Reverend Noël Simard, Bishop of Valleyfield; the substitute is the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and Co-Treasurer. From the English Sector, the delegates are His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, and the Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton; the substitute is the Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, C.S.B., Archbishop of Vancouver. In 2014, Archbishop Durocher was the only Bishop from Canada to participate in the Extraordinary Synod on the Family as CCCB President.

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