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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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CCCB welcomes decision by Government of Canada on Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise

ombudsman-image-gralThe Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) welcomes the announcement by Global Affairs Canada on 17 January 2018 that the federal government is establishing the position of Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise. It is to focus on corporate social responsibility by Canadian corporations working abroad, and will include not only authority to investigate complaints but to recommend federal sanctions.

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News release following 2018 meeting of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land

Holy Land 2018-webThe Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land held its annual meeting in the Holy Land, 13 to 18 January 2018. Among the participants were the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), together with Msgr. Frank Leo, General Secretary of the CCCB. Mr. Carl Hétu, National Director of CNEWA-Canada, was also present. As customary, the participating Bishops issued a news release at the conclusion of their annual visit.

Link to the final news release (PDF)

 

CCCB delegates to the 2018 Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) publishes the names of the delegates and substitutes which were elected for the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. The 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod will meet 3-28 October 2018 on the theme Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.

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Canada Summer Jobs: CCCB concerns and statement

Employment and Social Development Canada posted information on its website, dated 19 December 2017, announcing a major change to its requirements regarding applications for federal funding under its Canada Summer Jobs program for youth employment. Attestation must now be included that "both the job and the organization's core mandate respect individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression."

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News release following the meeting of the national Evangelical and Roman Catholic dialogue of Canada

Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue 2017-2The national Catholic – Evangelical Dialogue met for its semi-annual meeting on 13 December 2017 in Mississauga, Ontario. Dialogue participants discussed questions relating to evangelization, vocation, and mission based on a variety of readings provided by both the Evangelical and Catholic participants.

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2018 annual meeting of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land

Holy Land 2016-6From 13 to 18 January 2018, the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), will participate in the annual meeting of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land. Bishop Gendron will be accompanied by Msgr. Frank Leo, General Secretary of the CCCB. The meeting this year will focus on youth and education. This annual international gathering involves representatives from Conferences of Bishops in Europe and North America who meet with the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land (AOCTS). Mr. Carl Hétu, National Director of CNEWA-Canada, will be also present at the 2018 meeting.

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National Vocations Conference in April 2018

2018 Vocation ConferenceThe National Association of Vocation and Formation Directors (NAVFD) will hold its annual vocations conference 22-25 April 2018 in the Diocese of Hamilton on the theme "To Accompany in Joy and Hope". One of the keynote speakers will be His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada. The NAVFD has posted a video message by Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., CEO of Salt + Light TV, promoting the conference.

Link to the promotional video
Link the registration form

 

Resources for 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated 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.

Link to Canadian resources
Link to international version of the resources

 

Death of the Most Reverend Clément Fecteau, Bishop Emeritus of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière

fecteau(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Most Reverend Clément Fecteau, Bishop Emeritus of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, Quebec, died on 31 December 2017 at the Enfant-Jésus Hospital in Québec City at the age of 84. After 12 years as Bishop of the Diocese of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, he had submitted his resignation to the Holy Father upon reaching the age of 75, as required by the Code of Canon Law, and which was accepted on 18 October 2008.

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CCCB Website provides Salt + Light TV’s 2017 Christmas schedule

Advent-Christmas-banner-EN 960x540The Canadian Catholic television network Salt + Light has released its special broadcasting schedule for Christmas and New Year celebrations to be presided by Pope Francis. Again this year, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will be providing on the home page of its website Salt + Light's special broadcasting schedule.

Link to the broadcasting schedule

 

2017 Christmas video message by the CCCB President

gendronThe Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has recorded his message for Christmas and the New Year. Bishop Gendron concludes his message with these words: "During this festive season of Christmas and New Year's, couldn't our 'best wishes' – as much for the whole world as for our loved ones – be what the Lord wishes us? 'Peace be with you!' (John 20:19)! At Christmas, let us unite our voices with the angels to sing 'Peace on earth!', and on New Year's Day, the World Day of Peace, let us join our prayers to those of all our brothers and sisters to plead for shalom-peace for all humanity." Production of the video was made possible through the collaboration of Salt + Light Television.

Video link
Link to the text version of the message

 

2018 World Day of the Sick

In 2018, the 26th World Day of the Sick will be celebrated as it is every year on 11 February, the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Holy See has released the Holy Father's Message which is entitled Mater Ecclesiae: "Behold, your son... Behold, your mother. And from that hour the disciple took her into his home." (John 19:26-27). In his Message, Pope Francis recalls that "Health care ministry will always be a necessary and fundamental task, to be carried out with renewed enthusiasm by all, from parish communities to the most largest healthcare institutions. We cannot forget the tender love and perseverance of many families in caring for their chronically sick or severely disabled children, parents and relatives. The care given within families is an extraordinary witness of love for the human person; it needs to be fittingly acknowledged and supported by suitable policies. Doctors and nurses, priests, consecrated men and women, volunteers, families and all those who care for the sick, take part in this ecclesial mission."

Message of the Holy Father
Catholic Health Alliance of Canada

 

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

lifeandfamily-2016For a seventh consecutive year, the 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 first month of 2018 include suggestions from the Epiphany of the Lord, 7 January, to the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 28 January, including suggestions for 1 January, Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, and World Day of Peace, which were previously published with the suggestions for December 2017. 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 January are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

 
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