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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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Pope’s Message for World Day of Peace 2018

The Holy See has released the Holy Father's Message for the 51st World Day of Peace, which will be celebrated on 1 January 2018. The theme chosen by Pope Francis is "Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace". In his message, the Holy Father recalls "that it is not enough to open our hearts to the suffering of others. Much more remains to be done before our brothers and sisters can once again live peacefully in a safe home. Welcoming others requires concrete commitment, a network of assistance and goodwill, vigilant and sympathetic attention, the responsible management of new and complex situations that at times compound numerous existing problems, to say nothing of resources, which are always limited."

Link to the Message

 

Installation of the Third Eparchial Bishop of the Chaldeans in Canada

Soro Bawai-webThe Most Reverend Bawai Soro will be installed as the third Eparchial Bishop of the Chaldeans in Canada at Good Shepherd Chaldean Cathedral, North York, Ontario, on 29 November 2017 at 11:00 a.m. His Beatitude Mar Louis Raphaël Sako, Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon, will preside. At the time of his appointment as Eparchial Bishop of the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto by the Holy Father on 31 October 2017, Bishop Soro was then Auxiliary Eparch of the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Saint Peter the Apostle of San Diego, California. His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, will likewise be present and will represent the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

 

Installation of the new Bishop of Saskatoon

hagemoenThe Most Reverend Mark Hagemoen will be installed as Bishop of the Diocese of Saskatoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, Saskatoon, on 23 November 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The Most Reverend Donald Bolen, Archbishop of Regina, 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 Saskatoon by the Holy Father on 12 September 2017, Bishop Hagemoen was then Bishop of the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith. Archbishop Bolen served as Apostolic Administrator of Saskatoon until he was installed as Archbishop of Regina on 14 October 2016. Since then, the Reverend Kevin McGee has been Diocesan Administrator of Saskatoon. Bishop Hagemoen's installation will be live-streamed on the Saskatoon Diocesan Website.

 

New Bishop appointed for Chicoutimi

Guay René-web(CCCB – Ottawa)... His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend André Rivest as Bishop of the Diocese of Chicoutimi, and has appointed today as his successor Father René Guay. At the time of his appointment, the Bishop-elect was chaplain at the Detention Centre of Québec City. Bishop Rivest has been Bishop of Chicoutimi for the past 13 years. He had submitted his resignation to the Holy Father upon reaching the age of 75, as required by the Code of Canon Law.

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2017 National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples in Canada

Since 1980, over 1000 Indigenous women and girls have been murdered in Canada. While Indigenous women make up only 4% of Canada's female population, 16% of all women murdered in Canada between 1980 and 2012 were Indigenous. In June 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued 94 Calls to Action designed to redress the legacy left by the Indian Residential Schools. In Call to Action no. 41, the federal government is invited to launch a public inquiry into the causes of, and remedies for, the disproportionate victimization of Indigenous women and girls; "The inquiry's mandate would include: i) investigation into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls; ii) links to the intergenerational legacy of residential schools." In December 2015, the federal government of Canada announced the launch of the first phase of a public inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls.

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Resources for 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

WPCU-logoThe Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated around the world 18 to 25 January 2018, on the theme "Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power" (Exodus 15:6). The resources in English and French can be freely downloaded online from the Canadian website for the Week of Prayer. The theme and biblical texts for this annual Week of Prayer are jointly prepared by the Holy See's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches. The thematic introduction to the 2018 materials comes from Churches in the Caribbean region. National and regional Councils of Churches adapt the resources for their local context. The resources for Canada are produced by an ecumenical writing team coordinated by the Commission on Faith and Witness of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism in Montreal and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism in Saskatoon. The CCCB is a member of the CCC and is also represented on its Canadian writing team for the Week of Prayer.

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Link to international version of the resources

 

Message of the Holy Father for First World Day of the Poor in 2017

The First World Day of the Poor will be celebrated on 19 November 2017. Pope Francis established the World Day of the Poor following the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in November 2016, which he invited the Church to observe each year on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the conclusion of his Message, on the theme Let us love, not with words but with deeds, the Holy Father expresses the hope this new World Day "become a powerful appeal to our consciences as believers, allowing us to grow in the conviction that sharing with the poor enables us to understand the deepest truth of the Gospel. The poor are not a problem: they are a resource from which to draw as we strive to accept and practise in our lives the essence of the Gospel." To mark the World Day of the Poor this year, Pope Francis will preside at a Eucharistic celebration in Saint Peter's Basilica, followed by a meal in the Paul VI Hall with more than 500 poor people joining him. In Canada, each diocese and eparchy is invited to consider how and when to celebrate this Day taking into account local needs and pastoral planning.

Link to Pope Francis' Message

 

Development and Peace / Caritas Canada launches emergency appeal to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

rohingya btdon185x200 enIn response to the Rohingya persecution in Myanmar, The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace - Caritas Canada has launched an emergency appeal to help refugees seeking asylum in Bangladesh. Development and Peace has already sent $50,000 to Caritas Bangladesh to assist the Rohingya refugees through the distribution of food to 25,000 of the most vulnerable people in the district of Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

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Death of the Most Reverend Jacques Landriault, Bishop Emeritus of Timmins

landriault(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Most Reverend Jacques Landriault, Bishop Emeritus of Timmins, died on 6 November 2017, in Ottawa, at the age of 96. After 19 years as Bishop of the Diocese of Timmins, he had submitted his resignation to the Holy Father for health issues and this was accepted on 13 December 1990.

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CCCB President sends letter of condolences and prayers following shootings in Texas

The President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, has written to His Eminence Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, following the shootings in the First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs,Texas, this past Sunday, 5 November 2017. To date 26 people have died and at least another 20 were wounded; a number of the victims were children. The small Texas community is in the Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio. Earlier this week Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Holy See’s Secretary of State, conveyed the condolences of Pope Francis, and Cardinal DiNardo as well as a number of other US Bishops sent messages and prayers to the local community and the members of the First Baptist Church.

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Interfaith letter to Minister of Justice concerning clause 14 of Bill C-51

Over 60 faith leaders and organizations in Canada have signed a letter addressed to The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, concerning the removal of section 176 from the Criminal Code of Canada, as proposed under Clause 14 of Bill C-51, "An Act to Amend the Criminal Code and the Department of Justice Act and to Make Consequential Amendments to Another Act". The interfaith letter was co-authored by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and the Association for Reformed Political Action. Representatives from a variety of faith traditions have endorsed the letter, including from the Sikh, Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Buddhist traditions.

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Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during November 2017

lifeandfamily-2016The 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 November 2017 include suggestions from the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, 5 November, to the Solemnity of Christ the King, 26 November. As usual, these 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 November are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

 

New Eparchial Bishop appointed for Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto

(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Most Reverend Bawai Soro has been named Eparchial Bishop of the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto. Until the new Eparchial Bishop takes canonical possession of the Eparchy, the Most Reverend Francis Kalabat, Eparchial Bishop of the Chaldean Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Detroit, will remain as Apostolic Administrator, sede vacante, for the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto.

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