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Bishops call for leaders of hope - Holy Land Co-ordination completes visit in support of local Church and the cause of peace

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Visit Holy Land 2014(16 January 2014 --) The Christian community of Gaza was the focal point of this year's visit to the Holy Land by Bishops from across Europe, North America and South Africa in support of the local Christian communities and the pastoral work of the Church at the service of all in the Holy Land.

The visiting Bishops make up the Holy Land Co-ordination, mandated by the Holy See, focusing on prayer, pilgrimage and advocacy for justice and peace with the aim of acting in solidarity with the Christian community there and sharing in the pastoral life of the local Church as it experiences intense political and socio-economic pressure. This year it met from 12 to 16 January 2014.

Last Updated on Thursday, January 16 2014

CCCB President will be in Holy Land for annual meeting of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the local Church

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Durocher Paul-Andr 2013From January 11 to 16, 2014, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), will participate in the annual meeting of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land. The meeting's theme this year is "Empowering Young People". The international gathering involves representatives from Conferences of Bishops in Europe and North America who meet with the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land (AOCTS). The visit this year will be special because of the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land, May 24 to 26, 2014.

Current information about the Church in the Holy Land is available on the website of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Last Updated on Friday, January 10 2014

CCCB issues text on the Essential Elements of Evangelization Today

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Cover page Text Evangelization(CCCB – Ottawa)… The Episcopal Commission for Doctrine of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has now posted on the CCCB Website a text entitled “The Essential Elements of Evangelization Today”. Written from the context of the Canadian pluralist society, this new 16-page document is intended not only for priests, consecrated men and women, and those actively involved in pastoral work, but also for “all Catholics who desire to understand better and respond more zealously to their call to evangelize the modern world.” Although composed prior to the release of Pope Francis’ recent Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), its approach and recommendations are similar, while providing a uniquely Canadian perspective.

Last Updated on Thursday, January 09 2014

Auxiliary Bishop appointed for Ottawa

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Riesbeck ChristianCCCB – Ottawa… His Holiness Pope Francis today appointed the Reverend Christian Riesbeck, C.C., as Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa. At the time of his appointment, he was the Chancellor of the Archdiocese and Assistant General Superior of the Companions of the Cross – a priestly Society of Apostolic Life founded in Ottawa.

Bishop-elect Riesbeck was born in Montreal on February 7, 1970, to Heribert Riesbeck, a native of Germany, and Colette Levesque, originally from Grand Falls, New Brunswick. His elementary schooling took place in Aylmer, Quebec, and Nepean, Ontario; his secondary schooling at St. Pius X High School in Nepean. He holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in political science from the University of Ottawa, a Master of Divinity from St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto, and a Master’s degree as well as a licentiate in Canon Law from Saint Paul University, Ottawa. Besides English and French, he also speaks Spanish and German.

Last Updated on Tuesday, January 07 2014

Appointment of Apostolic Nuncio to Canada

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Bonazzi_LuigiHis Holiness Pope Francis today, December 18, 2013, appointed the Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi Apostolic Nuncio to Canada. At the time of his appointment, Archbishop Bonazzi was Apostolic Nuncio to Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. The previous Apostolic Nuncio, the Most Reverend Pedro López Quintana, ended his mission in Canada at the end of September 2013 in order to receive a new assignment from the Holy Father.

Last Updated on Wednesday, December 18 2013

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On January 13th 2010, Most Reverend Vincent Nguyen became Canada’s first Catholic Bishop of East Asian descent. He is the great-grandson of a Vietnamese Martyr.