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Celebrating the canonizations of Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II

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canonisation-JXIII-JPIIThe Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops was officially represented at today's canonizations by its President, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau, and its Vice President, the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton. Other Bishops from Canada were also present, including His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of the Church in Canada; His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto; the Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal; the Most Reverend Gerard P. Bergie, Bishop of St. Catharines; and the Most Reverend Anthony Tonnos, Bishop emeritus of Hamilton.

Link to the statement by Archbishop Paul-André Durocher

Last Updated on Monday, April 28 2014

CCCB President participates in International Conference on Human Trafficking

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Conference Rome Human trafficking-BPope Francis has convoked the second International Conference on Human Trafficking, which will take place April 9 and 10, 2014, at the Holy See. The Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), will be representing the Bishops of Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have also delegated a representative, Inspector André Gauthier of the International Liaison Coordination Center - Human Smuggling Project Investigations. This International Conference, under the responsibility of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and organized by the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, is being chaired by His Eminence Vincent Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.

Last Updated on Thursday, April 10 2014

New Bishop appointed for Peterborough

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mcgrattan(CCCB – Ottawa)... His Holiness Pope Francis today accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Nicola De Angelis, C.F.I.C., as Bishop of Peterborough, and named as his successor the Most Reverend William Terrence McGrattan. At the time of his appointment, the Bishop-elect was Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto. Bishop De Angelis has been responsible for the Diocese of Peterborough for the past 12 years. He had offered his resignation to the Holy Father when reaching the age of 75, as required by the Code of Canon Law. At the same time as announcing he had accepted the resignation of Bishop De Angelis, the Holy Father also announced that he appointed him Apostolic Administrator of Peterborough until the new Bishop takes canonical possession of thes Diocese.

Last Updated on Tuesday, April 08 2014

Death of the Most Reverend M. Pearse Lacey, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Toronto

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lacey(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Most Reverend M. Pearse Lacey, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Toronto, died on April 2, 2014, at the age of 97. He had been named Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto on May 3, 1979, and retired on May 31, 1993.

Last Updated on Friday, April 04 2014

National Week for Life and the Family: May 11-18, 2014

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2014 famille family-affiche posterThe second National Week for Life and the Family will be celebrated across Canada May 11-18, 2014, in accordance with the plans, priorities and resources of each diocese. As agreed by the Permanent Council and the Executive Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Conference is again offering dioceses, parishes and other non-profit groups possible resources and options for planning and organizing local activities. The theme for this year is "Families united in the joy of the Lord" / "Parents à l'œuvre dans la joie de Jésus Christ". The theme in French is linked to the Quebec provincial theme, Parents à l'oeuvre! The dates for this year's National Week for Life and the Family coincide in part with those for the 2014 Semaine québécoise des familles, and also with the United Nations World Day of Families, May 15.

Last Updated on Thursday, March 20 2014

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