The Canadian Catholic television network Salt + Light Television will air a special program on the newly released CCCB resource, Our Evangelical Neighbours – A Catholic Reflection on Evangelical Christianity, published this past October 18 on the Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist. Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., interviews the Reverend David Freeman, Vice President, Canadian Ministries, The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada, and also Co-Chair of the dialogue of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), along with Dr. Aileen Van Ginkel, Vice President of EFC Ministry Services and also a member of the dialogue. The special half-hour program will highlight the new resource and will be broadcast this coming Friday, October 21, 2016, at 7:00 pm (Eastern Time) on Perspectives Weekly.
Link to Salt + Light website
In January 2017, The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) will be releasing joint material to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. The resource is entitled, "Together in Christ -- Lutherans and Catholics Commemorating the Reformation". The resource includes a five-part parish study guide which may be used in individual segments or as a whole series by any Lutheran, Catholic, or ecumenical study session focusing on the Reformation. The resource is designed to bring Catholic and Lutheran parishes together to facilitate discussions touching on some of the historical and theological questions surrounding the Reformation and the advancements in reconciliation which have occurred over the past 50 years. Together in Christ is based on From Conflict to Communion (2013) and the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (1999) which were developed by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF).
The 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated January 15, 2017. The theme of Pope Francis' Message is "Child Migrants, the Vulnerable and the Voiceless". In his Message, the Holy Father wants "to draw attention to the reality of child migrants, especially the ones who are alone. In doing so I ask everyone to take care of the young, who in a threefold way are defenceless: they are children, they are foreigners, and they have no means to protect themselves. I ask everyone to help those who, for various reasons, are forced to live far from their homeland and are separated from their families."
Link to the Message
(CCCB – Ottawa)... Today, on the Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist, 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: Our Evangelical Neighbours – A Catholic Reflection on Evangelical Christianity. The resource provides Catholics in Canada an introduction to Evangelical Christianity by exploring its origins, similarities and differences to Catholicism. The resource was developed in close collaboration with The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC), an official dialogue partner of the CCCB, since 2010.
The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has sent a letter to the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada concerning Canada's Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program (PSRP). In his letter, Bishop Crosby thanked the Government of Canada for its efforts in assisting the resettlement of Syrian refugees. At the same time, he draws the Minister's attention to the many ongoing difficulties encountered by the individuals, groups and organizations who have taken up the challenge and have invested many resources to sponsor these refugees.
Link to the letter of Bishop Crosby (PDF)
The Most Reverend Donald Bolen will be installed as Archbishop of Regina at the Holy Rosary Cathedral, Regina, Saskatchewan, October 14, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time). When he was appointed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Regina by the Holy Father on July 11, 2016, Archbishop Bolen was then Bishop of the Diocese of Saskatoon. He succeeds the Most Reverend Daniel J. Bohan who died in office January 15, 2016, at the age of 74. Since then, the Reverend Lorne Dale Crozon, the former Vicar General, has been Diocesan Administrator of the Archdiocese of Regina. The Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, will preside at the celebration and it will be broadcast on the Internet by the livestream service of the Archdiocese of Regina.
Link to the website of the Archdiocese of Regina
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace – Caritas Canada has launched an emergency fundraising campaign for Haiti. With the support of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Bishops across the country are encouraging their parishes to organize a special collection to assist the people of Haiti who are again impacted by a major natural disaster. CCODP has already sent $50,000 from its Humanitarian Fund to Caritas Haiti. The Development and Peace involvement with the Caritas network will provide food for 2,700 families hit by the hurricane and help reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases. Funds raised will be used to meet the need for sanitation, water, shelter and food as well as basic non-food items in the most affected regions of the country. Contributions to help support this effort should be earmarked "Haiti".
Link to the news release of Development and Peace
(CCCB – Ottawa)... After careful reflection and discernment, the Catholic Bishops of Canada at their Plenary Assembly, September 26-30, 2016, decided that the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will end its membership in KAIROS, an ecumenical social justice coalition founded in 2001. This decision followed consultations with the CCCB Permanent Council, the Executive Committee, the Commission for Justice and Peace, and the Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue.
The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has signed a joint ecumenical letter to the Government of Canada requesting the reestablishment of Canada's financial contributions to UNRWA (The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees). The Government of Canada has recently signaled its openness to reestablishing such funding. The letter was sent on October 4, 2016, to the Minister for International Development and La Francophonie, the Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau. In their letter, the signatories "urge Canada to restore its annual contribution in support of UNRWA's work, and to increase its contribution significantly."
The Most Reverend Emanuel Shaleta, Chaldean Bishop of Canada has informed the General Secretariat of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops of the passing of the Most Reverend Hanna Zora, Archbishop Emeritus of the Chaldean Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto on Saturday, October 1, 2016 in Tbilisi, Georgia at the age of 77. Archbishop Zora was the first Eparchial Bishop of the Eparchy.
Letter of condolences from the CCCB President (PDF)
(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Catholic Bishops of Canada have concluded their 2016 Plenary Assembly, which began on September 26 at the NAV CENTRE, Cornwall, Ontario. On the last day of their annual meeting, the Bishops unanimously agreed that the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) issue a decree approving devotional titles for three Canadian Saints: Saint François de Laval as patron saint of the Bishops of Canada, Saint Brother André (Alfred Bessette) as patron saint of family caregivers in Canada, and Saint Kateri Tekakwitha as protectress of Canada. The day began with the celebration of Morning Prayer and Eucharist presided by the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and CCCB Vice President. Yesterday afternoon, the Bishops reflected on transgenderism.
(CCCB – Ottawa)... On the fourth day of their Plenary Assembly, following several years of work by an Ad hoc Committee, the Bishops adopted in principle a new CCCB resource for the protection of minors. This updates and replaces their historic 1992 document, From Pain to Hope. The Bishops also encouraged a proposal to form a "circle" of Canadian Catholic organizations and agencies which would focus on strengthening relations with Indigenous Peoples.