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Seven Canadian Bishops will attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II

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(Ottawa – CCCB)… Joining the four members of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) whose participation in the papal funeral had been confirmed earlier this week, will be three other Canadian bishops.

Most Rev. Anthony Tonnos, Bishop of Hamilton; Most Rev. James Wingle, Bishop of St. Catharines; and Bishop Daniel Bohan, newly appointed Archbishop of Regina, have left Canada for Rome over the last few hours to attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II, which will be held Friday morning at the St. Peter’s Basilica. It will be a special event for Bishop Bohan who, only last Thursday, two days before the death of the Supreme Pontiff, became the latest Canadian Bishop to be appointed by the Holy Father.

The Catholic Church in Canada will also be represented by Most Rev. Brendan O’Brien, Archbishop of St. John’s and President of the CCCB, and the three Canadian Cardinals eligible to elect John Paul II’s successor: Aloysius Cardinal Ambrozic, Archbishop of Toronto; Marc Cardinal Ouellet, Archbishop of Quebec and Canada’s Primate; and Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop of Montreal. These last three will participate, beginning Monday 18 April, in the conclave that will end with the election of the 264th successor of Peter the Apostle.

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