Statement on the Conflict in Iraq by the Permanent Council of the CCCB

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The first attacks in the war against Iraq were made last evening.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, through its Permanent Council, expresses its profound sadness and desolation with this tragic situation. In union with the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, the Bishops of Canada pray to the Lord that this new war end quickly, and that the innocent be spared from its most devastating effects.

At the same time as acknowledging the efforts of the Canadian government not to become involved in this conflict, the Bishops of Canada support the Prime Minister of Canada in every undertaking toward international solidarity and enduring peace in our world.

In this troubled time, we invite all Catholics during this Lent to pray that war give way to peace.

Permanent Council
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Members of the Permanent Council:

Most Reverend Jacques Berthelet, C.S.V., President, Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil
Most Reverend Brendan O’Brien, Vice President, Bishop of St. John’s
Most Reverend André Gaumond, Co-Treasurer, Archbishop of Sherbrooke
Most Reverend Anthony Tonnos, Co-Treasurer, Bishop of Hamilton
His Eminence Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop of Montreal
His Eminence Aloysius Cardinal M. Ambrozic, Archbishop of Toronto
Most Reverend Marc Ouellet, P.S.S., Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada
Most Reverend Michael Bzdel, C.Ss.R., Archeparch of Winnipeg and Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Catholics of Canada
Most Reverend Roger Ébacher, Archbishop of Gatineau-Hull
Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Halifax
Most Reverend Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Edmonton
Most Reverend V. James Weisgerber, Archbishop of Winnipeg
Most Reverend Frederick Henry, Bishop of Calgary
Most Reverend Clément Fecteau, Bishop of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière
Most Reverend Paul Marchand, S.M.M., Bishop of Timmins
Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Bishop of Alexandria-Cornwall

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