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Bishops of Canada urge national political leaders and Catholics throughout the country to take action on refugee sponsorship

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Bishops Plenary Assembly(CCCB – Ottawa)... In a letter to the country's national political leaders, the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, asks them to collaborate in better assisting refugees. The President cites the resolution by the recent 2015 CCCB Plenary Assembly which "calls on the Government of Canada to expand, accelerate, and facilitate the private sponsorship of refugees during this time of urgent need." Bishop Crosby explains that "Our discussion made it clear that this resolution is intended not only to encourage the present government in its ongoing efforts, but also to urge that such measures be continued and expanded by the next government with the collaboration of all the parties represented in the House of Commons."

Last Updated on Thursday, October 08 2015 Read more...
 

8th World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia

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logo WMF 2015-EN(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is the host of the 8th World Meeting of Families, September 22 to 27, 2015. Pope Francis will participate in the closing celebrations during his Apostolic Journey to Cuba and the United States (Washington, New York and Philadelphia). The theme of the World Meeting, chosen by the Pope, is "Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive." The official delegation from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is composed of the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the CCCB, the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and Vice President of the CCCB, the Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton and Chairman of the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF), and Mrs. Michèle Boulva, Director of COLF. Approximately 15 other Canadian Bishops are also present, including His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, and His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of the Church in Canada. In addition, 90 Canadian couples representing 47 dioceses and eparchies are participating in the World Meeting, a number of them with their children.

Last Updated on Tuesday, September 22 2015 Read more...
 

Death of the Most Reverend Peter Alfred Sutton, O.M.I., Archbishop Emeritus of Keewatin-Le Pas

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sutton(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Most Reverend Peter Sutton, O.M.I., Archbishop Emeritus of Keewatin-Le Pas, died on September 5, 2015, almost one month prior to attaining the age of 81. He had been ordained Bishop of Labrador City-Schefferville on July 18, 1974. On February 6, 1986, he was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Keewatin-Le Pas, and succeeded as Archbishop on November 19, 1986. After 20 years in Keewatin-Le Pas, at the age of 71, he offered his resignation to the Holy Father because of health problems, which was accepted on March 26, 2006.

Last Updated on Thursday, September 10 2015 Read more...
 

2015 Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada

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2013collection en(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada will be held in parishes across the country on September 26 and 27, 2015. In his letter to the parishes across the country, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), explains the purpose of the collection. He points out that this year the collection is being held on a weekend when a number of families from Canada are participating in the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, responding to an invitation by Pope Francis. In addition, the General Synod of Bishops on the family will soon begin. "This twofold coincidence reminds us of the importance of families as part of the Church's mission and as part of the work of the national conference and the regional assemblies. The Church's commitment to families is one more reason why all the faithful in our country will want to ensure the collection's success through their generosity and solidarity," the CCCB President writes.

Last Updated on Wednesday, September 09 2015 Read more...
 

New Bishop appointed for Joliette

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poisson(CCCB – Ottawa)... His Holiness Pope Francis today accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Gilles Lussier as Bishop of Joliette, and named as his successor the Most Reverend Raymond Poisson. At the time of his appointment, the Bishop-elect was Auxiliary Bishop of Saint-Jérôme. Bishop Lussier has been responsible for the Diocese of Joliette for the past 24 years. He had offered his resignation to the Holy Father when reaching the age of 75, as required by the Code of Canon Law.

Last Updated on Tuesday, September 08 2015 Read more...
 


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