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CCCB and Canadian dioceses respond to Middle East crises

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Following the appeal by Pope Francis on August 7, 2014, and his Angelus message of July 20, the Holy See's Secretariat of State has transmitted an urgent message to the world's Catholic Bishops. In a letter received on August 8 by the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Bishops of Canada and their local Churches were invited "to unite with the Holy Father in steadfast prayer to invoke the gift of peace from the Holy Spirit."

Last Updated on Monday, August 11 2014

Appointment of new Bishop for Victoria

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gordon(CCCB – Ottawa)... His Holiness Pope Francis today named the Most Reverend Gary Gordon as Bishop of Victoria. At the time of his appointment, he was Bishop of Whitehorse, Yukon. Bishop Gordon succeeds the Most Reverend Richard Gagnon who was appointed Archbishop of Winnipeg on October 28, 2013. Archbishop Gagnon served as Apostolic Administrator of Victoria until he was installed as Archbishop of Winnipeg on January 3, 2014. Since then, the Reverend John Laszczyk has been Diocesan Administrator of Victoria.

Last Updated on Saturday, June 14 2014

CCCB appoints Margaret Shea-Lawrence Director of English Sector Office for Catechesis

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Shea Lawrence Margaret(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) today announced the appointment of Mrs. Margaret Shea-Lawrence as Director of the English Sector Office for Catechesis (formerly the English Sector's National Office of Religious Education). This appointment brings to completion several years of study and reflection by the Conference on its needs in the areas of evangelization and catechesis. The appointment will take effect September 1, 2014.

Last Updated on Thursday, June 05 2014

Letter to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding a young Sudanese mother found guilty of converting to Christianity

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lapierreThe Most Reverend François Lapierre, P.M.É., Bishop of Saint-Hyacinthe and Chairman of the Human Rights Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops of Canada (CCCB), has written to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, copied to the Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of The Sudan, regarding a young Sudanese mother who was pregnant when sentenced to death. Her crime was converting from Islam to Christianity. The case is now under appeal in Sudan. The mother recently gave birth, a month premature. Both mother and child are in prison. Media reports indicate neither her husband nor lawyer are allowed to see her. Unless her sentence is overturned, she will receive 100 lashes and then be hanged once the child has been weaned. In his letter appealing for mercy, Bishop Lapierre asks "the Government of Canada to do whatever is possible to urge the Sudanese government to release Ms. Ibrahim and to respect the right to freedom of creed and worship...."

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Last Updated on Wednesday, May 28 2014

Death of the Most Reverend Paul-Émile Charbonneau, Bishop Emeritus of Gatineau

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Charbonneau Paul Emile(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Most Reverend Paul-Émile Charbonneau, Bishop Emeritus of Gatineau, died May 20, 2014, at the age of 92. He had been named Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa on November 15, 1960, and subsequently the first Bishop of Hull, today Gatineau, on May 21, 1963, both appointments by Pope (now Saint) John XXIII. Bishop Charbonneau retired because of health problems on April 12, 1973, at the age of 51. As Bishop, he participated in the plenary sessions of the Second Vatican Council.

Last Updated on Friday, May 30 2014

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