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Two Canadian Bishops to meet Pope Benedict XVI

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Most Rev. James Weisgerber
Most Rev. James Weisgerber Archbishop of Winnipeg

Most Rev. Martin Currie
Most Rev. Martin Currie
Bishop of Grand Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Apostolic administrator of Saint John, NB
(CCCB – Ottawa)… From 9 to 13 May 2007, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will make his first visit as Pope to the continent of America during the Fifth General Conference of Latin American and Caribbean Bishops which will be held in Brazil.

Most Rev. James Weisgerber, Archbishop of Winnipeg and Vice-President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), as well as Most Rev. Martin Currie, Bishop of Grand Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador, will be the two Canadian delegates during this event, which will bring together the Bishops of Latin America together with episcopal representatives from Canada and the United States.

The theme of the conference is “Disciples and missionaries of Jesus Christ, so that our peoples may have life in Him: ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life’ (Jn 14:6)”.  The Pope’s agenda will include opportunities for ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. On 10 May 2007, in São Paolo, he will meet with representatives from the Jewish and Muslim communities as well as representatives from other Christian Churches.

The Fifth General Conference is being held almost ten years after the Special Synod of the Bishops for America which was called by Pope John Paul II in the fall of 1997.

It will be the second time that Brazil welcomes the General Conference of Latin American and Caribbean Bishops. The first assembly was in Rio de Janeiro in 1955, followed by Medellin (1968), Puebla (1979) and Santo Domingo (1992).

It should also be noted that since 1967 the Bishops of the Church in America meet regularly, currently once a year.   The last meeting of this kind was in Toronto in February 2006.

Last Updated on Tuesday, October 20 2009  
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Canada’s oldest diocese, the Archdiocese of Quebec, was established in 1674. Most Reverend François de Laval was its first Bishop.