President of CCCB will be present at Pope John Paul II’s Funeral

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(CCCB – Ottawa ) …. Most Rev. Brendan M. O’Brien, Archbishop of St. John’s and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), will be representing the Bishops of Canada at the funeral of Pope John Paul II, which is being held on Friday, 8 April 2005.

Archbishop O’Brien will be joining the three Canadian cardinals eligible for voting for the next pope at the upcoming conclave: Aloysius Cardinal Ambrozic, Archbishop of Toronto; Marc Cardinal Ouellet, Archbishop of Quebec; and Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop of Montreal. The three Canadian Cardinals arrived in Rome today and already participated in a meeting in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace with their brother cardinals.

Last Saturday, after the announcement on the Holy Father’s death, Archbishop O’Brien declared that John Paul II left Canadian Catholics with a rich legacy. “Through both word and example he taught the strength of faith, the power of prayer, the need to forgive, and the imperative of serving the poor and oppressed of the world. His teachings will continue to guide the Church in the years ahead in its mission of proclaiming the Reign of God.”

Archbishop O’Brien’s declaration can be found on the website of the CCCB.

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