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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

Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization now meeting in Vatican City

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CDN_Delegation_Synod_2012-2(CCCB – Ottawa)… The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI will preside the opening of the Synod of Bishops on The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.  The ceremony will take place in Rome on October 7, 2012, in Saint Peter’s Square. Four Bishops from Canada will participate in the opening as members of the Synod. They were elected as delegates of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). The four are the Most Reverend Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec City; the Most Reverend Brian Dunn, Bishop of Antigonish; the Most Reverend François Lapierre, P.M.É., Bishop of Saint-Hyacinthe; and the Most Reverend John Corriveau, O.F.M. Cap, Bishop of Nelson. The two CCCB substitute delegates are the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, and the Most Reverend Anthony Mancini, Archbishop of Halifax.

Last Updated on Tuesday, October 09 2012

2012 Bishops’ Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada

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CollectEN(CCCB – Ottawa)… The Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada will be held in parishes across the country on September 29 and 30, 2012. The Collection was established by the Bishops of Canada in 1975. It supports the work the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) by assisting dioceses to pay their annual per capita assessment to the CCCB. Any funds raised in excess of the assessed amount are available to the diocese for its own purposes.

Last Updated on Wednesday, August 22 2012

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Canada’s oldest diocese, the Archdiocese of Quebec, was established in 1674. Most Reverend François de Laval was its first Bishop.