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Statement on Bill C-14 by the CCCB

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Today, the Government of Canada has introduced Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying). This proposed legislation, which responds to the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in early 2015, will make euthanasia and assisted suicide legal and more accessible in our entire country. The Supreme Court decision and current legislative efforts are in stark contradiction to the endeavours of individuals, families and communities to counteract the dangers and sufferings of suicide – as we have seen this week in Attawapiskat, Ontario.

Last Updated on Thursday, April 14 2016

Bishops of Canada welcome Post-Synodal Exhortation Amoris Laetitia

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lifeandfamilyimage-2016-2The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops joyfully welcomes the Holy Father's Post-Synodal Exhortation Amoris Laetitia: On Love in the Family. As the national assembly of the Catholic Bishops of this country, we encourage its prayerful reception among all the faithful, and recommend its careful study to married couples and families, and to those agencies and organizations working with them, as well as to pastors and those in consecrated life who are called to be at the service of family life.

Last Updated on Friday, April 08 2016

Catholic responses to Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action 48 and questions regarding the “Doctrine of Discovery”

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indiginous main 1(CCCB – Ottawa)... In response to Call to Action 48 by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and in response to questions raised on the legal concepts known as "Doctrine of Discovery" and terra nullius, four Canadian Catholic organizations representing Bishops, institutes of consecrated life, societies of apostolic life, Indigenous People, and laity have issued two documents. Both are dated March 19, 2016, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is the principal patron saint of Canada.

The four organizations are the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC), the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council, and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.

Last Updated on Tuesday, April 05 2016

Statement by the CCCB on the announcement by the Government of Canada to close its Office of Religious Freedom

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It is with deep regret that the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has learned of the intention by the Government of Canada to close its Office of Religious Freedom. The Canadian Ambassador for Religious Freedom and the Office of Religious Freedom were an important signal to the international community and to Canadians – as well as a reminder to our civil servants and our country's diplomats – of the singular importance of religious freedom, and of the unfortunate lack of voices in society prepared to come to its defence.

Last Updated on Thursday, March 24 2016

CCCB President writes to Archbishop Jozef De Kesel of Mechelen-Brussel

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The 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 the Most Reverend Jozef De Kesel, Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussel, following the tragic attacks that occurred in Brussel, March 22, 2016.

Link to the CCCB President's letter (PDF)

Last Updated on Thursday, March 24 2016

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On January 13th 2010, Most Reverend Vincent Nguyen became Canada’s first Catholic Bishop of East Asian descent. He is the great-grandson of a Vietnamese Martyr.