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Young Canadians participate in a national gathering for the WYD 2013 in Rio de Janeiro

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Rio_2013_National_gathering(CCCB- Ottawa)... Yesterday, July 25, 2013, for the second 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 Vivo Rio Welcoming Center in Rio de Janeiro.  The Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), presided at the celebration. The other Bishops who attend the celebration were: Bishop Jean-Pierre Blais of Baie-Comeau, Bishop André Gazaille of Nicolet, Bishop Bryan Bayda, C.Ss.R, of Saskatoon (Ukrainian) and Auxiliary Bishop Gaétan Proulx of Quebec City.

Last Updated on Friday, July 26 2013

Message from the Holy Father to the people of Lac-Mégantic

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(CCCB – Ottawa)… Late yesterday afternoon, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops received the following message from the Apostolic Nunciature. It is a message from the Holy Father to the people of Lac-Mégantic.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, July 09 2013

Message by CCCB President - Tragedies in Calgary and Lac-Mégantic

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(CCCB – Ottawa)… The Most Reverend Richard W. Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the following message in connection with the train derailment in Lac-Mégantic.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, July 09 2013

Over 1,000 Canadian youth going to Rio for World Youth Day 2013

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2013wyd(CCCB- Ottawa)... Young pilgrims from all over the world are expected in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 23-28, 2013, to participate in the 28th World Youth Day (WYD). This will be the first WYD in the papacy of Pope Francis who will travel to Brazil, July 22-29, on his first apostolic voyage outside Italy since his election. Over a thousand Canadian young pilgrims are planning to attend this international gathering. Its theme is "Go and Make Disciples of All Nations". Following the example of the 2011 WYD in Madrid, the Canadian pilgrims will again gather for a national celebration. This will be on July 25 at the Vivo Rio Welcome Centre. From July 16 to 20, Canadian youth pilgrims will have the opportunity to visit the dioceses of Brazil as part of a missionary week.


‘BE IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA IN THEIR MANY SUFFERINGS’ - CCCB joint emergency campaign with Development and Peace

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Bannervertical_Syria_EN(CCCB – Ottawa)… The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) are launching a joint campaign to raise emergency aid for Syrian refugees. The revenues collected will assist the extensive work in the Middle East by Catholic charities and development agencies, particularly Caritas Internationalis.

This special joint emergency campaign for Syria begins Sunday, 30 June 2013, and will continue throughout the summer. It will culminate with a day of prayer and fasting for the people of Syria and all the Middle East on Saturday, 14 September 2013, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. All donations to the special campaign should be sent to Development and Peace by 14 September.

Last Updated on Friday, June 21 2013

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