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Joint CCCB-CCODP campaign for earthquake victims in Nepal

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DP Nepal 166x310ENThe Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, has announced a joint emergency campaign with the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) to raise funds for the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. In addition, the Government of Canada has announced it will match any contributions to assist Nepal which are collected by May 25, 2015.

Catholic Bishops across Canada are already encouraging parishes and other groups to organize special collections, with the funds collected to be received by Development and Peace before May 25. Donations sent to CCODP should be marked "Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund". Development and Peace is working in collaboration with the other Caritas members in the region, including Caritas Nepal, Caritas India, and the Catholic Relief Services office in India.

Last Updated on Thursday, April 30 2015

Death of the Most Reverend Raymond Roussin, S.M., Archbishop Emeritus of Vancouver

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roussin(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Most Reverend Raymond Roussin, S.M., Archbishop Emeritus of Vancouver, died on April 24, 2015, in Winnipeg, at the age of 75. He had been named Bishop of the former Diocese of Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan, by Saint John Paul II on April 10, 1995, and Coadjutor Bishop of Victoria on September 14, 1998. He became Bishop of Victoria on March 18, 1999. On January 10, 2004, he was named Archbishop of Vancouver. For health problems, at the age of 68, his resignation was accepted by the Holy Father on January 2, 2009.

Last Updated on Tuesday, April 28 2015

Beatification of Servant of God Elisabeth Turgeon in Rimouski on April 26

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Elisabeth Turgeon webThe Papal Legate, His Eminence Angelo Cardinal Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, will preside at the Beatification of Elisabeth Turgeon on April 26, 2015, in Saint-Robert-Bellarmin Church, Rimouski, with Mass beginning at 2:30 p.m. In addition to seating in the main body of the church, the basement hall will also be open with giant screens. Participants will be welcomed as well at the motherhouse of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Rimouski where there will also be large screens. Several thousand people in all are expected for the celebration. With the assistance of Production Québec Multimédia, the celebration will be broadcast live on Internet on the Congregation's website, as well as for all TVCOGECO subscribers in the Lower Saint Lawrence region. The day after the Beatification, April 27, the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, the Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, will preside at a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving in the chapel of the Congregation's motherhouse at 10:00 a.m.

Last Updated on Tuesday, April 28 2015

Death of His Eminence Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop Emeritus of Montreal

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Cardinal Turcotte 2013(CCCB – Ottawa)... His Eminence Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop Emeritus of Montreal, died on April 8, 2015, after a lengthy illness. He was 78 years old. The late Cardinal was a priest for 56 years and Bishop for 33 years. He served as the ninth Archbishop of Montreal, from 1990 to 2012. He was made Cardinal by Saint John Paul II at the Consistory of November 26, 1994.

In a telegram to the Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal, Pope Francis expressed his profound sorrow at the death of Cardinal Turcotte. "I implore the Lord to welcome into the light of eternal life this faithful Pastor who served the Church with dedication," the Holy Father wrote.

Last Updated on Wednesday, April 08 2015

Canada’s Military and Humanitarian Mission in Iraq and Syria: Canadian Church leaders write to the Prime Minister

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(CCCB – Ottawa)... Church leaders from the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), including the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), have signed a joint letter to the Right Honourable Stephen Harper concerning Canada's military and humanitarian mission in Iraq and Syria. In their letter, they express their concerns about the humanitarian crises in both countries, "including the displacement and murder of historic Christian communities and the targeting of other religious minorities." The Church leaders state that military efforts alone will not bring peace to the region, but a broader international strategy for peace is required.

Last Updated on Tuesday, April 07 2015

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