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Emergency aid for Horn of Africa

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dandpafrica-en(CCCB – Ottawa)…The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace is collaborating with Caritas Kenya, Caritas Ethiopia and Caritas Somalia in providing emergency aid and relief to the estimated 11.6 million people suffering from the severe drought in the Horn of Africa. Donations for this cause that are made between 6 July and 16 September 2011 to Development and Peace from individuals are also being matched by the Government of Canada.

The CCODP website currently has background information about the underlying causes of the current food crisis in the Horn of Africa. In addition, it provides a helpful Factsheet on the drought, the assistance being provided by Development and Peace, and information on how donations can be made. This Factsheet is available in English, at http://www.devp.org/devpme/eng/international/corne_d_afrique-fact-eng.html

Last Updated on Tuesday, August 23 2011 Read more...
 

WYD 2011 in Madrid, Young Canadians participate in a national gathering in the Spanish capital

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wyd3(CCCB- Ottawa)... Yesterday, August 16, 2011, for the first time in the history of Canada’s participation in World Youth Day (WYD), Canadian pilgrims had the opportunity to gather for a national celebration, at the Palacio de Desportes pavilion, along with the Canadian Bishops present in Madrid.  More than 5,000 Canadian youth, 22 Bishops, and 100 priests participated.  The Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa, presided at the celebration, which included a special morning prayer with music and testimonies by young Canadians.  The music was provided by Famille Marie jeunesse from Quebec, PS 98 from Vancouver, and Father Robert Galea, a young Australian priest.

Last Updated on Wednesday, August 17 2011 Read more...
 

Firm in the Faith! Six thousand Canadian youth at World Youth Day 2011, in Madrid

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(CCCB- Ottawa)... More than 500,000 young pilgrims from all over the world, including 6,000 from Canada, are expected in Madrid, Spain, to participate in the XXVIth World Youth Day (WYD). After Sydney in 2008 and at the invitation of Pope Benedict XVI, young people from around the world will descend on the Spanish capital city of Madrid, from August 16-21, 2011, to experience this international gathering, whose theme will be “Rooted and Built Up in Jesus Christ, Firm in the Faith". Among other countries sending a large delegation to WYD in Spain are Italy with 90,000, Spain with 83,000, France with 50,000, the USA with 30,000, Germany with 16,000, and Australia with 4,300 young pilgrims.

Among the Canadian participants are over 470 young people from the Archdiocese of Edmonton, 510 from the Archdiocese of Vancouver, and over 1000 from various Quebec Dioceses traveling with the Youth Ministry of the Archdiocese of Montreal.  Nearly one hundred priests and 30 seminarians from Canada will be part of the Canadian delegation in Spain.

Last Updated on Monday, August 08 2011 Read more...
 

Diocese of Saint-Jérôme: Resignation of Bishop Donald Lapointe, Auxiliary Bishop

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lapointe(CCCB – Ottawa)… His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has accepted, on July 30th, the resignation of Bishop Donald Lapointe, Auxiliary Bishop of Saint-Jérôme, Québec, because of age, in accordance with the Code of Canon Law.

Bishop Lapointe was born in 1936 in Disraéli, Québec in the Archdiocese of Sherbrooke and ordained to the priesthood in 1964. He taught at the Séminaire de Sherbrooke from 1964-1970 before being assigned to a number of parishes in the Archdiocese of Sherbrooke.  He also served as Episcopal vicar in charge of pastoral ministry from 1986-1990.  At the time of his ordination as Auxiliary Bishop of Saint-Jérôme on October 26, 2002, he was pastor of the l’Unité pastoral Nouvel Horizon parishes (Lac Megantic region) in the Archdiocese of Sherbrooke. 

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Death of the Most Reverend Paul Marchand, Bishop of Timmins, Ontario

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marchandOttawa July 27, 2011 – It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of the Most Reverend Paul Marchand, S.M.M., Bishop of Timmins, on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at the age of 74 years.

Bishop Marchand, S.M.M., was born on April 17, 1937 in Lafontaine, Ontario, and became a member of the Montfort Missionaries in 1956. He studied Pastoral Theology and Sacred Scriptures at Saint-Paul University, in Ottawa, and at l’Université de Montréal. He was ordained to the priesthood in March 1962 and to the episcopate in August 1993, as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Ottawa. Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Timmins on March 8, 1999.

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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.