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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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Installation of the new Bishop of Nelson

bittmanThe Most Reverend Gregory Bittman will be installed as Bishop of the Diocese of Nelson at the Immaculate Conception Church, Kelowna, on 25 April 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The Most Reverend Michael J. Miller, C.S.B., Archbishop of Vancouver, will preside. The Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and Vice President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will be present on behalf of the President of the CCCB, together with a number of other Bishops from across Canada as well as the Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada. When appointed Bishop of Nelson by the Holy Father on 13 February 2018, Bishop Bittman was then Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Edmonton. The Most Reverend John Corriveau, O.F.M.Cap., was Bishop of the Diocese of Nelson for the past ten years. Bishop Bittman's installation will be live-streamed on the Nelson Diocesan Website.

 

2018 Message to Buddhists for the feast of Vesakh

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has released its 2018 Message to Buddhists for the feast of Vesakh, on the theme "Christians and Buddhists: Preventing and Combating Corruption Together". This Buddhist holy day commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha who, according to tradition, was born, achieved enlightenment, and died during the full moon of the month of May. The feast of Vesakh (also spelled Vesak or Wesak in English) is usually observed on the day of the full moon in May, which in Canada this year falls on 29 May.

Link to the Message

 

Urgent information regarding motion coming before Parliament

Media are informing the offices of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) that a motion relating to the Catholic Church and the operation of the former Indian Residential Schools will be debated in the House of Commons and possibly also in the Senate. The attached document is intended to provide some context on the overall issue and also to clarify a number of inaccuracies which are being circulated or reported.

Link to the document (PDF)
Link to the letter to Indigenous Peoples in Canada 

 

Founder of the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa recognized for her heroic virtues, receives title Venerable

Elisabeth BruyereMother Élisabeth Bruyère (1818-1876), founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa, has been recognized by the Church for her heroic virtues. The decree was recently authorized by the Holy Father during a private audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Her cause has been under study since 1977 in the Archdiocese of Ottawa.

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Statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on questions concerning CCODP partners

devp-logo-en-50eThe Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) at various times receives inquiries and questions about some of the partners involved with the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) which assist it in its projects for the Global South. The CCCB wishes to confirm that a joint research project is currently underway involving representation from the CCCB and CCODP. This is a work in progress, for which preliminary findings have been shared with the Bishops of Canada and with CCODP.

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Letter of condolences from the CCCB President following the terrible accident in Saskatchewan

The Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, has written to the Most Reverend Mark A. Hagemoen, Bishop of Saskatoon. In his letter, Bishop Gendron conveys the condolences and prayers of the Bishops of Canada following the terrible accident that occurred in rural Saskatchewan, killing 15, most of them members of the Humboldt Broncos minor hockey team, and injuring another 14.

Link to the letter (PDF)

 

Documents following the Pre-Synodal Meeting of young people

The Pre-Synodal Meeting of young people took place at the Vatican, 19-24 March 2018, in preparation for the 15th General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. Two Canadian young adults participated as the delegates of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: Ms. Emilie Callan and Mr. Jacob Jason Genaille-Dustyhorn. The Pre-Synodal Meeting gathered over 300 young people from all around the world, most of whom were Catholic, but a number of whom, at the request of Pope Francis, included other Christians as well as non-believers who are searching. Here below are a number of links to various texts which the Holy See issued following the meeting:

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Correction to page 19 of the National Directory for the Ministry, Formation and Life of Permanent Deacons in Canada

184-944A correction has been made to the text in no. 9 regarding the "Threefold mission of service" on page 19 of the National Directory for the Ministry, Formation and Life of Permanent Deacons in Canada, issued by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in August 2017. The corrected page is available on the product webpage which is posted on the website of CCCB Publications.

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Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during April 2018

lifeandfamilyOn the eve of the major celebrations of the Easter Triduum, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) again posts 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 April 2018 include suggestions for the Resurrection of the Lord (Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday), 31 March and 1 April, through to the 5TH Sunday of Easter, 29 April. The suggestions for the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday were previously published with the suggestions for March 2018. 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 April are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

 

Update Regarding Canada Summer Jobs Program

Statement Summer Jobs 2018-2-webWe the undersigned, representing Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities across Canada have spoken publicly about our concerns regarding the new application requirements for the Canada Summer Jobs program.

Groups applying for 2018 funding were required to endorse an attestation by checking a box, indicating their affirmation of certain beliefs held by the current government, described by many as a "values test." Such a values test contravenes the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees the freedom of religion and conscience (2a), of thought, belief, opinion and expression (2b), as well as "equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination"(15 [1]).

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CCCB PRESIDENT COMMUNICATES IMPORTANT UPDATES TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN A LETTER ON BEHALF OF BISHOPS

Pleniere 2015 - Point de presseThe President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Most Rev. Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., has issued a letter to Indigenous Peoples in Canada. The letter indicates that Pope Francis, after carefully considering Call to Action # 58 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and discussing the matter extensively with the Bishops of Canada, felt he could not personally respond.

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The Way of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome

viacrucis2018-12 stazioneThis year again, Pope Francis will lead the Way of the Cross in Rome's centuries-old Colosseum where many early Christians were martyred. The meditations for the 2018 Way of the Cross (Via Crucis or Via Dolorosa) were prepared by a group of 15 young Italian students coordinated by Ms. Andrea Monda, a religion teacher who is also a journalist. The Way of the Cross will be prayed in the Colosseum on 30 March 2018 at 7:15 p.m. (Rome time), and broadcast live on Salt + Light TV. The Holy Father requested that the meditations on the Passion of Christ this year originate with a younger generation, especially as preparations are underway for the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment that will take place in Rome during October 2018.

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Salt + Light TV special schedule for Holy Week and Easter

SL logo EN HighRes RGBThe Canadian Catholic television channel Salt + Light TV has arranged a special programming schedule for Holy Week and Easter, 25 March to 1 April 2018, covering the celebrations by Pope Francis in Rome. Beginning on 29 March, a link to Salt + Light's special programming for Holy Week will be accessible on the home page of the CCCB website.

Link to the special broadcasting schedule

 
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On January 13th 2010, Most Reverend Vincent Nguyen became Canada’s first Catholic Bishop of East Asian descent. He is the great-grandson of a Vietnamese Martyr.