Did you know…


·        The CCCB involves 133 bishops. There are 71 dioceses in Canada, including a few from the Eastern Churches: Ukrainian, Slovak, Greek-Melkite, Syro-Malabar, Syrian, Armenian and Maronite.


·        Last April, Catholics were caught up in an emotional chapter in the life of the Church – the death of John Paul II and the election of Benedict XVI. The CCCB sought to accompany the faithful in this time by offering parishes and individuals a number of resources: posters, prayer booklets, liturgical documents, and a special Internet section. The CCCB also organized a media conference so the three elector cardinals could address the Canadian media and population after leaving the conclave.


·        In 1967, the CCCB founded the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, an international solidarity organization that has given, to date, more that $450 million in aid to Third World countries. In December 2004, in response to the tsunami that ravaged South Asia, the President of the CCCB, Most Reverend Brendan M. O’Brien, reacted quickly. His appeal for financial assistance to aid victims of the disaster was answered by millions of Canadian Catholics: almost $20 million was donated to Development and Peace.


·        The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) is jointly sponsored by the CCCB and the Knights of Columbus to promote respect for life, human dignity and the essential role of the family. In 2004, COLF published a brochure on marriage, and over 200,000 copies were distributed in Canada and around the world.


·        In 1995, the CCCB was the first episcopal conference to launch an Internet web site. Since then, over 3 million people have visited the site.


·        The CCCB has an e-mail distribution list for its media releases, documents and public statements. Subscription is free by sending an e-mail to cecc@cccb.ca.


·        The CCCB offers several services for Catholics in Canada, including the Canadian Appeal Tribunal (for marriage cases), the National Liturgy Office, and a Publications Service. The CCCB Publications website (www.cccbpublications.ca) allows Internet users to order online through a catalogue of more than 400 titles, including many used in eucharistic celebrations and other liturgies.


·        Each year, CCCB representatives travel to Rome to meet with the Holy Father and his close advisors to discuss the life of the Church in Canada. In 2005, the CCCB also delegated representatives to international meetings, among them meetings in the Holy Land (to offer solidarity in a tense political situation), in Mexico (to assess the negative effects of free-trade), and in Columbia (to participate in discussions on the family with the bishops of America).


·        In October 2005, the CCCB will be represented by some of its members who will join a group of 300 bishops during the Synod on the Eucharist. Pope Benedict XVI will actively participate in this event that will mark the end of the Year of the Eucharist.