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Statement by CCCB President on the designation by the Holy Father of Archbishop Gérald Cyprien Lacroix as a member of the College of Cardinals

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Lacroix Gérald 2013As President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, it is a great joy for me, on behalf of all the Bishops of Canada, to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the Most Reverend Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of the Church in Canada, for his having been designated by our Holy Father as a Cardinal of the Church of Rome. This appointment by Pope Francis is a great honour for all the Church in our country, as well as indicating the importance of the See of Québec and the important role it played in evangelizing the New World. What an honour this is for the people of Quebec and those of the entire country, as we celebrate the 350th anniversary of the erection of the first parish in North America outside Spanish-speaking territories.

Last Updated on Monday, January 13 2014

Message from the President

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Durocher_Paul-Andr_2013“A lively awareness of our relatedness helps us to look upon and to treat each person as a true sister or brother; without fraternity it is impossible to build a just society and a solid and lasting peace.” Pope Francis, 1 January 2014

On this New Year’s Day of 2014, Pope Francis has published his first message for the celebration of the World Day of Peace, focusing on the theme of brotherhood. As President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Canada, I want to relay Pope Francis’s intervention to my fellow citizens by taking a look from our own Canadian perspective at some of the questions he has chosen to raise.

Last Updated on Monday, December 30 2013

Christmas Message 2013

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Durocher_Paul-Andr_2013This year, I feel like wishing my friends a 'lucid' Christmas. It's a beautiful word which comes from the Latin 'lucidus', illuminated, well-lit. It applies well to the Christmas season with its candles and votive lamps, its colourful light bulbs, its glowing hearths and shining windows as families and friends gather late into the night. It also recalls the glory of the angels in the darkness of a field near Bethlehem, announcing the birth of him who would one day call himself 'the light of the world' (Jn 8:12). It evokes the star that guided the Magi who came from so far away to that encounter that would fill them with joy (Mt 2, 10).

Last Updated on Tuesday, December 17 2013

CCCB President’s letter upon the death of Mr. Nelson Mandela

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The Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has sent a letter to the Most Reverend Stephen Brislin, Archbishop of Cape Town and President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, on the death of Mr. Nelson Mandela. In his letter, Archbishop Durocher wrote that “here in Canada, we revere him as a man of integrity, who used political power to better the lives of those he served, who urged all people to overcome hatred and division so as to focus on each person's inherent dignity and strive for the common good.”

Link to the letter (PDF)
Link to the Pope’s message of condolences

Last Updated on Monday, December 09 2013

CCCB Comment on the Preparatory Document for the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

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The Holy See held a news conference on November 5, 2013, to present the Preparatory Document for the upcoming Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which will meet at the Vatican, 5-19 October 2014. The theme of this Third Extraordinary General Assembly is “The pastoral challenges for the family in the context of evangelization”. The news conference involved the General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, the Most Reverend Lorenzo Baldisseri; the Relator General of the Synod, His Eminence Peter Cardinal Erdo, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary; and the Special Secretary of the Synod, the Most Reverend Bruno Forte, Archbishop of Chieti-Vasto, Italy. The three provided important background about the Synod, as well as about the preparatory questionnaire which the Holy See asked the world's Episcopal Conferences to send to their member Bishops.

Last Updated on Tuesday, November 12 2013

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Canada’s oldest diocese, the Archdiocese of Quebec, was established in 1674. Most Reverend François de Laval was its first Bishop.