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Canadian Bishops on Solidarity Mission to Haiti

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Plenary2011_7(CCCB – Ottawa)…  The President and Vice President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will participate in a solidarity mission to Haiti, organized by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) from December 14 to 21, 2011.

The visit of CCCB President, Archbishop Richard Smith, and Vice President, Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, is intended to 1) celebrate the long-standing relationship between the Church in Haiti and the Church in Canada; 2) deepen the relationship of the Bishops of Canada with the Bishops of Haiti; 3) see firsthand the reconstruction and emergency aid projects that are being assisted by CCODP because of the generous donations of Canadian Catholics; 4) recognize and encourage the dedicated work of Canadian religious and other Canadian volunteers in Haiti.

Last Updated on Thursday, December 08 2011

Statement by the President of the CCCB, Archbishop Richard Smith, regarding the canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

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kateri"Yesterday, the Holy Father signed a decree acknowledging that a miracle had been attributed to the intervention of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, and that she is among seven blesseds who will shortly be canonized. We welcome this wonderful news with great joy, and look forward to receiving further details from the Holy See."

Closing of CCCB 2012 Plenary Assembly

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Plenary_2012_013(CCCB – Ottawa)… The Catholic Bishops of Canada were in Plenary Assembly this week, since 24 September, at the Hotel Mont-Gabriel, Sainte-Adèle, Quebec. This morning, they welcomed the Honourable Jason Kenney, federal Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. Minister Kenney responded to questions from the Bishops on immigration as well as to their concerns about refugees. The meeting of the Plenary Assembly closed at noon today.

Last Updated on Monday, October 01 2012

Summary Report on CCCB Forum with Catholic Movements and Associations

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CCCB Forum with Catholic Movements and Associations
November 25-27, 2011
Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga, ON

Forum2011-roundtableThe CCCB Standing Committee for Relations with Catholic Movements and Associations hosted a forum November 25-27, 2011 for movements and associations within the Catholic Church in Canada to discuss how they might grow in communion in service of the wider Church.  The theme of the forum was “Witness of Communion.”  The weekend spent together was, according to many who attended, itself an expression of the theme of the meeting: a deep sharing of experiences, knowledge, vulnerabilities, and visions.

Last Updated on Tuesday, January 31 2012

Motto and Coat of Arms of Pope Francis

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Coat_of_Arms_Pope_FrancisThe Holy See Press Office has announced that Pope Francis has chosen the motto "Miserando atque eligendo". In Latin this means “By having mercy on him and choosing him”. At the same time, the Holy See presented the Holy Father’s coat of arms, which is similar to what he had as Archbishop of Buenos Aires: the blue field is surmounted by the miter as Bishop of Rome and the keys of Saint Peter; the cross at the centre is the symbol of the Jesuits; the flaming sun with the letters IHS are the first three letters of Jesus’ name in Greek, recalling Our Lord’s saving mission; the star represents the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the flower of the spikenard or nard is used in Spanish iconography to represent Saint Joseph.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, April 02 2013
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On January 13th 2010, Most Reverend Vincent Nguyen became Canada’s first Catholic Bishop of East Asian descent. He is the great-grandson of a Vietnamese Martyr.