Witness and Action

Faithful to their mission of speaking in God's name for those who are voiceless, and promoting justice, peace and life, the Canadian bishops were involved in many areas of ministry and solidarity in 1997 and 1998.

The CCCB financially supported a multitude of programs and projects across Canada and around the world. In 1997, close to a million dollars was spent in helping the Churches of Eastern Europe, supporting ecclesial projects in other countries, and encouraging organizations that promote Gospel values.

Less than 15 months before the new millennium, the CCCB continues to promote the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 by acting as a clearing house for information from the Vatican and Canadian dioceses on marking 2000 years of Christ's presence among us.

Almost 100,000 visitors have been welcomed to the CCCB Internet home page since its creation in 1995. This site in cyberspace contains general information about Canadian dioceses, the most recent announcements and public declarations from the CCCB, links to other Catholic resources on the net, and more. In doing this, the Conference is developing a new way for proclaiming the Good News.

The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) in 1998 published work-shop resources inspired by Pope John Paul II's encyclical Evangelium Vitae. These resources aim to help individuals and groups reflect on important ethical issues such as abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, new reproductive technologies, and capital punishment. COLF is a joint project of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Knights of Columbus that promotes and encourages respect for human life, and the recognition of the essential role of the family.