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CCCB President's letter to the Minister of National Revenue

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Bishop Crosby Plénière 2015The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has written to the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, concerning the recent consultation by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on political activities involving charities. In his letter, Bishop Crosby "welcomes the decision by the Government of Canada to engage with charities in order to clarify the rules governing political activities." Moreover, he expresses regret that the consultation period ended on December 14, 2016, even though it had been extended by several weeks. "We would note that the amount of time provided was insufficient for our own needs. We would suspect this is also the case for a number of other religious charities, at least those with which we are acquainted and with which we collaborate - not only other Catholic organizations and Christian groups, but also involving other religious traditions."

Last Updated on Monday, January 09 2017

CCCB President writes to Coptic Orthodox Bishop Anba Mina concerning recent bombing in Cairo

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Mina AnbaThe Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has sent a letter conveying condolences and prayers to His Grace Anba Mina, Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Mississauga, Vancouver and Western Canada concerning the recent bombing at the church of St. Peter on the grounds of St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday December 11, 2016.

Last Updated on Tuesday, December 13 2016


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Crosby Douglas 2016This past year the Holy Father gave us the gift of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, choosing as its motto "Merciful like the Father" (Misericordes sicut Pater). In March, on the Feast of Saint Joseph, he joined this gift with another, Amoris Laetitia, the Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family, tying it closely to the theme of the Jubilee, both by inviting Christian families to live in the daily spirit of forgiveness and by encouraging us to be signs of God's mercy and closeness "wherever family life remains imperfect or lacks peace and joy" (no.5).

Last Updated on Wednesday, December 21 2016

Interfaith letter supporting Bill C-277, An Act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada

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Visuel dossier euthanasie-webThe Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has signed a joint interfaith letter to Ms. Marilyn Gladu, Conservative Member of Parliament for Sarnia - Lambton, Ontario, in support of her private member's Bill C-277 which calls for the development of a palliative care framework in Canada. The other signatories are Mr. Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA); Imam Sikander Hashmi, Canadian Council of Imams; Mr. Bruce Clemenger, President, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC); Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee, President Lutheran Church-Canada; Ms. Sandra Pallin, National Director Canada Public Affairs Council of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Archbishop Papken Tcharian, Prelate, Armenian Prelacy of Canada; and His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios, Primate, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto & All Canada, and President of the Canadian Conference of Orthodox Bishops. 

Last Updated on Monday, December 12 2016

Joint ecumenical and interfaith letter to Canadian delegates at COP22 climate change meeting

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Logo Marrakech 2016The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has signed a joint ecumenical and interfaith letter with a number of other religious leaders in Canada, as well as representatives from various religious agencies working in the areas of ecumenism or social justice. The joint letter conveys prayers and support for the Canadian participants at the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) taking place in Marrakech, Morocco, November 7-18, 2016. The letter was sent to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honorable Catherine McKenna, who is leading the Canadian delegation. In their letter, the religious leaders state that "religions can truly contribute to building up a safer, healthier and more just society. We thus take to heart this Conference's deliberations and wish to applaud all the conscientious and selfless efforts that are being made on behalf of the world community, the good of every human person, and the gift of creation itself. "

Last Updated on Wednesday, November 16 2016

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