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Welcoming Canada’s two new Saints -- François de Laval and Marie of the Incarnation

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Marie de lIncarnation  Francois de LavalIt is with great joy and thanksgiving that the Bishops of Canada welcome today's proclamation by Pope Francis that the Universal Church recognizes Bishop François de Laval and Mother Marie of the Incarnation as Saints. Late last year, the Holy Father had consulted the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops about his proposal to proceed with their canonization. We responded then, and we do again today, with a resounding Amen! We are grateful to God for raising up in our midst these two wonderful examples of holiness and service. We thank Pope Francis for this great gift to the Church in Canada, and to all the people of our nation.

Last Updated on Thursday, April 03 2014

Invitation by the CCCB President to participate in the 2014 Share Lent Collection

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DP ShareLent 166x310My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This coming Sunday, April 6, is the Fifth Sunday of Lent, which is reserved in most Canadian parishes for the Share Lent Collection. The collection is a principal means for Canadian Catholics to show their support for the mission and work of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP). The Share Lent campaign this year focuses on world hunger. This is the same focus as the international campaign launched several months ago by Pope Francis and Caritas Internationalis, with the same theme, One human family, food for all.

Last Updated on Wednesday, April 02 2014

Letter to the Holy Father

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pope  francisHis Holiness Pope Francis
Apostolic Palace
00120 Vatican City

Your Holiness,

One year ago today, the Bishops of Canada along with all the faithful of our great land saw you appear for the first time on the balcony of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. The simplicity of your manner and your words, the humility with which you invited us to pray for you, and your warm smile quickly gained our affection. In the following days, we learned to know you in greater depth. Already, we heard certain key words: mercy, poverty, periphery, joy, encounter... Jesus. Already, we witnessed how you lived out those key words: residing with your collaborators, washing the feet of young people in a prison, visiting the refugees at Lampedusa. In a few months, your election had become for us a symbol of a new kairos in the Church, a decisive moment of renewal and commitment.

Today, we are united with you in a prayer of thanksgiving for God's work in you and through you. We pray that the Lord will continue to give you wisdom and strength in the major projects you have set for yourself: two Synods on the family, the year for consecrated life, the reform of the Curia, administrative and economic transparency, openness to the world, particularly the victims of war, abuse and poverty. We feel that, through you, God is sending us a pressing invitation. May God grant us to respond generously by committing ourselves to the pastoral and missionary conversion you constantly proclaim. Thus will the entire Church accomplish more and more her mission of being, in the world and for the world, the universal sacrament of salvation.

Please be assured of our unity in the faith, of our solidarity in mission, and of our constant support for the new evangelization. I implore your fatherly blessing upon your brother Bishops in Canada; upon the priests, deacons and lay pastoral associates who labour with us in the Lord's vineyard; upon our consecrated men and women, and all the faithful of Christ who, here in Canada, strive to live the Trinitarian life in Jesus Christ and transform our history with him; and finally upon all the inhabitants of our country, so that we will build together that more beautiful and fraternal world of which you have become the herald.

In the joy of the Gospel, your brother in the episcopacy,

+ Paul-André Durocher
Archbishop of Gatineau
President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

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Last Updated on Wednesday, March 12 2014

Statement by CCCB President on the appointment of Mr. John F. Kyle to the Holy See’s Council for the Economy

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On behalf of our country's Catholic Bishops and all the faithful of our Church in Canada, I wish to congratulate Dr. John F. Kyle for his appointment by the Holy Father this past weekend to the Council for the Economy of the Holy See. The Holy See's Press Office has also announced that the Council is a key step towards the consolidation of the existing management structures of the Holy See, and thus is intended to improve the coordination and supervision of its economic and administrative issues.

Last Updated on Tuesday, March 11 2014

Message by CCCB President for the 2014 Share Lent campaign

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durocheLent is a time for transformation, inviting us to look at our own lives and to make changes that bring us closer to God. As we draw closer to God, acting for the good of others, especially the impoverished, becomes ever more natural to us. Thus the call to "repent and believe the Gospel," is not only a personal one but a collective one as well. It is a call to the whole human family.

Last Updated on Wednesday, March 05 2014

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