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National celebration to commemorate the Canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the most recent Canadian Saint

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Mass_for_kateri_November_4-EN(CCCB – Ottawa)… The national celebration of the Canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Indigenous woman from North America to be canonized, will take place on November 4, 2012, at 2:30 pm, at Saint Joseph Oratory in Montreal.  The Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and Co-Treasurer of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), will preside. A number of other Canadian Bishops will concelebrate. These include the Most Reverend Richard Smith of Edmonton, President of the CCCB; the Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal; the Most Reverend Jacques Berthelet, C.S.V., Bishop Emeritus of Saint-Jean-Longueuil; and the Most Reverend Louis Dicaire, Auxiliary Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil. Special guests and representatives from the First Nations will also be present including representatives from the community of Kahnawake where Saint Kateri lived and died. The members of the CCCB Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council will also participate.

Last Updated on Saturday, November 03 2012

CCCB establishes Department for Digital, Print, Media and Information Technologies

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During their September 2012 Plenary Assembly, the Bishops of Canada elected to close the Publications Service of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). Their decision follows more than 15 years of study and reflection. However, it is also the intention of the Bishops that the CCCB continue to publish. As a result, the Conference must now establish a new structure which will respond to this new reality.

Last Updated on Friday, October 26 2012

Appointment of new Bishop for Saint-Paul

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Terrio_Paul(CCCB – Ottawa)… His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI today named the Reverend Paul Terrio as Bishop of Saint-Paul, Alberta. At the time of his appointment, he was President of the Newman Theological College in the Archdiocese of Edmonton. He succeeds the Most Reverend Luc Bouchard who was appointed Bishop of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, on February 2, 2012. Bishop Bouchard remained Diocesan Administrator of Saint-Paul until his official installation as Bishop of Trois-Rivières on March 26, 2012. Since then, Father Peter Tran has served as the Diocesan Administrator of Saint-Paul.

Last Updated on Thursday, October 18 2012

Major Canadian delegation will be in Rome for the Canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

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canonization_kateri_en(CCCB – Ottawa)… The Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha will be canonized by Pope Benedict XVI during a solemn Mass in Saint Peter's Square in Rome, October 21, 2012.  Blessed Kateri will be the first Indigenous woman from North America to be canonized. Approximately 1500 Canadian pilgrims are expected to participate in the celebrations in Rome, the majority from the First Nations and other Indigenous communities, as well as 17 Canadian Bishops. These include His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), and Bishop Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., of Saint-Jean-Longueuil. As the Bishop of the territory which is now the Canadian diocese where Blessed Kateri lived and died, Bishop Gendron has a key role in organizing the celebrations marking her canonization.

Last Updated on Wednesday, October 17 2012

The Second Vatican Council: What was it and why is it important today?

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Second_Vatican_Council(CCCB – Ottawa) … October 11, 2012, is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. To commemorate this, the Episcopal Commission for Doctrine of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has published a pastoral letter titled The Second Vatican Council: What was it and why is it important today? Its publication is part of the many celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary, including today’s celebration in Rome presided by Pope Benedict XVI.

The celebration with the Holy Father marks the opening of the Year of Faith, the 50th anniversary of the Council, and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In his Angelus message of October 10, Pope Benedict described the documents of the Council as “a compass guiding the ship of the Church” in our time. He explained how the Council is “the starting point for a new relationship between the Church and the modern age” in order “to show our world … the requirements of the Gospel in all its greatness and purity."

Last Updated on Friday, October 12 2012

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