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Statement following the death of the Leader of the Opposition

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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops joins all Canadians in offering condolences and sympathy to the family, friends and political colleagues of the late Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Jack Layton, who died earlier today. He was a dedicated politician who served his country with devotion and generosity, was concerned for the common good, and gave a wonderful example of courage and hope, especially during recent months when struggling against cancer.

May he rest in peace, and may Our Lord comfort all those in mourning.

The Most Reverend Pierre Morissette
Bishop of Saint-Jérôme
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

22 August 2011

Last Updated on Tuesday, August 23 2011

Statement from the Most Reverend Pierre Morissette, President of the CCCB, regarding the tragedy in Oslo, Norway

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On behalf of all my brother Bishops of Canada, I wish to extend a most sincere message of sympathy to and of solidarity with the Norwegian people who are actually confronting a terrible tragedy in their country.

Rest assured that all the Catholic Bishops of Canada are united with them in prayer, especially for families who have lost of one of their own. This message of sympathy is also addressed to the Norwegian Royal Family, the Government and the civil authorities who must deal with the repercussions of this tragedy.

The Bishops of Canada markedly share the values of peace and of solidarity of Norway. These values must take precedence over these trying times currently facing your country.

Last Updated on Monday, July 25 2011

Letter from the CCCB President to Pope Benedict XVI on the occasion of his 60th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood

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On behalf of all Bishops and faithful of the Catholic Church in Canada, the Most Reverend Pierre Morissette, President of the CCCB and Bishop of Saint-Jérôme, Quebec, recently sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI, conveying his best wishes for his 60th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood which will take place June 29, the Solemnity of the Apostles Saints Peter and Paul.

Last Updated on Thursday, June 23 2011

Statement by the Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding recent questions concerning Development and Peace

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Meeting in Ottawa this 15-16 June, the Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) reaffirmed their confidence in the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP). The CCCB Plenary Assembly last October also made a similar reaffirmation.

Last Updated on Friday, June 17 2011

The CCCB General Secretary receives the Honourable Jason Kenney

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On May 25th, Msgr. Patrick Powers, P.H., CCCB General Secretary, had a brief visit/meeting with the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism as well as Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Operations.  Mr. Kenney has represented the riding of Calgary-Southeast (Alberta) since 1997.  This was, for the CCCB, a first official visit by a Federal Minister since the elections held on May 2, 2011.  In the coming weeks, this visit will be followed by another meeting, this time with our President, the Most Reverend Pierre Morissette, Minister Kenney and the General Secretary.  It is scheduled for the month of June.  

The CCCB is always eager to be brought up to date on Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism affairs.  In 2006, at the Word Day for Migrants, the CCCB published a Pastoral Letter entitled Canada Must Demonstrate Every Effort to Welcome Immigrants and Refugees with Dignity.

Last Updated on Friday, May 27 2011

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