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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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Suggestions for Prayers of Faithful – 2018 World Day of Migrants and Refugees

The 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on 14 January 2018. The Catholic Refugee Sponsors' Council has prepared a number of possible suggestions for prayers of the faithful to help dioceses, eparchies and parishes celebrate the World Day. The theme of Pope Francis' Message is "Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees". In his Message, the Holy Father recalls that the solidarity of the Church "must be concretely expressed at every stage of the migratory experience – from departure through journey to arrival and return."

Link to the prayers of the faithful (PDF)
Link to the 2018 Message of Pope Francis

 

Death of the Most Reverend Alphonsus Penney, Archbishop Emeritus of St. John’s

penney(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Most Reverend Alphonsus L. Penney, Archbishop Emeritus of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, died on 12 December 2017 in St. John's at the age of 93. After 12 years as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. John's, he had submitted his resignation to the Holy Father at the age of 67 which was accepted on 2 February 1991.

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Pope Francis receives CCCB Presidency in private audience on the occasion of its annual visit

Visit Presidency Rome 2017-1-webOn 9 December 2017, Pope Francis received in a private audience the delegation from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB): the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and CCCB President, the Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and CCCB Vice President, together with Msgr. Frank Leo, Jr., CCCB General Secretary. The CCCB Presidency is in Rome until 15 December for its annual visit with a number of dicasteries of the Holy See.

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New Bishop appointed for Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière

Goudreault Pierre-web(CCCB – Ottawa)... His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Yvon Joseph Moreau, O.C.S.O., as Bishop of the Diocese of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, and has appointed today as his successor Father Pierre Goudreault. At the time of his appointment, the Bishop-elect was pastor of Sainte-Trinité parish in Rouyn-Noranda, Québec. Bishop Moreau has been Bishop of the Diocese of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière for the past nine 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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CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2017

gendronBest wishes...

At Christmas and New Year's, we enjoy sharing our very best wishes with those we love. Along with "Merry Christmas!" and "Happy New Year!", one of the greetings we so often hear and repeat is "I wish you good health! It's so important!" Without denying the importance of good health, I would like to journey with you to discover the source of the Word of God, that which is truly most essential for the human heart.

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World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2018

The Church will mark the 55th World Day of Prayer for Vocations on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, 22 April 2018. The Holy Father has released a Message entitled "Listening, discerning and living", which is available on the Vatican website. Pope Francis refers to three aspects of a vocation: "In the diversity and the uniqueness of each and every vocation, personal and ecclesial, there is a need to listen, discern and live this Word that calls to us from on high and, while enabling us to develop our talents, makes us instruments of salvation in the world and guides us to full happiness." The Message is also linked with the upcoming Synod of Bishops that will take place on October 2018 on the theme Young People, The Faith and Vocational Discernment.

Link to the Holy Father's Message

 

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

Image Message 12 December 2017Since 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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Canadian Rabbinic Caucus and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: Bilateral dialogue holds biannual meeting

Dialogue Juifs Catholiques Co-Chair 2015The national bilateral dialogue of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus met for its biannual meeting on 29 November 2017 at the Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, Montreal. One representative from the Catholic as well as the Jewish tradition presented a reflection on Psalm 23. The dialogue members then shared and discussed their approaches and interpretations for reading and praying the Psalms, in order to discover both the commonalities and the differences in their respective approaches. A culminating moment of the joint study came with the singing of Psalm 23 in both Hebrew and French.

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Delegation in Rome for CCCB Presidency’s Annual Visit

holy see(CCCB-Ottawa)... A delegation from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will be in Rome, from 6 to 15 December 2017, for the annual meetings of its Presidency with a number of dicasteries of the Holy See. The Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and CCCB President, is leading the delegation, which includes the Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and CCCB Vice President, and Msgr. Frank Leo, Jr., CCCB General Secretary. One of the highlights of their visits will be a private audience with Pope Francis on 9 December.

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CCCB Office for Evangelization and Catechesis issues its fall edition of Encounter

Encounter Fall 2017The Office for Evangelization and Catechesis of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has released its fall 2017 edition of Encounter. The e-newsletter features articles about evangelization and catechesis with children, youth, and adults, and facilitates the sharing of ideas and resources. The Office for Evangelization and Catechesis welcomes contributions and suggestions for future editions of its newsletter from dioceses and eparchies, parishes and Catholic organizations.

Link to Encounter

 

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

lifeandfamily-2016With Advent and its commencement of the liturgical year, 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 Advent season and the Christmas celebrations until 1 January include suggestions for reflections from the First Sunday of Advent, 3 December, to the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, 1 January 2018, including the celebrations of the Nativity of the Lord, 24 and 25 December, and the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, 31 December. These suggestions for homilies and prayers can be easily adapted for family prayer on Christmas Day and throughout the Christmas holidays, as well as for personal prayer or for use with other groups or organizations throughout Advent and the Christmas season. The texts for the month of December are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

 

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.

 
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