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CCCB comment on Israeli renewed construction of security wall in Cremisan Valley

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Holy Land 2015-4This past Monday, August 17, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Fouad Boutros Ibrahim Twal, denounced the renewed Israeli construction of the security wall near the Cremisan Valley. The valley lies in the West Bank on the Palestinian side of the Green Line adjacent to the towns of Beit Jala and Bethlehem. The Patriarch declared that the resumption of construction is "without regard to the rights of the families of the valley" and called on the Israeli authorities to await the upcoming decision of the Supreme Court of Israel on the petition submitted by the families in the valley.

Last Updated on Friday, August 21 2015

A Church in Dialogue – Catholics and Muslims in Canada: Believers and Citizens in Society

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by the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
on the purpose of the pamphlet issued by the Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity,
Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Our Conference's Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue has issued a resource entitled Catholics and Muslims in Canada: Believers and Citizens in Society. The pamphlet is meant to help Canadian Catholics better understand their Muslim neighbours. Our country is home to an impressive array of cultures and religions, and the Catholic Bishops of Canada wish to foster understanding and dialogue amongst the diverse people of our land.

Christianity and Islam are the two most populous religious groups in the world. For our own good and for the good of all humanity, we must learn to live in harmony with each other, and Canada can certainly play an important role in modeling this harmonious relationship. Knowledge of each other is essential for such a task. It is with this hope that the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops presents its new resource. It is limited in scope; it does not explore in depth our doctrinal differences, nor does it comment on the present state of geopolitics. However, it does constitute an important step that we can all take in responding to Saint Paul's invitation: "Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual up building" (Romans 14.19).

The first part of the pamphlet presents the origins of Islam, its main currents today, its similarities and its differences from Christianity. The second part provides an overview of the history and present state of interreligious dialogue between Catholics and Muslims, both at the international and national level, concluding with some suggestions about how everyone can contribute to such dialogue.

As beautifully proclaimed by Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, we are called by our Baptism to be builders of a just and peaceful society:

"By preaching Jesus Christ, who is himself peace (cf. Eph 2:14), the new evangelization calls on every baptized person to be a peacemaker and a credible witness to a reconciled life. In a culture which privileges dialogue as a form of encounter, it is time to devise a means for building consensus and agreement while seeking the goal of a just, responsive and inclusive society" [n. 239].

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

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Last Updated on Wednesday, July 08 2015

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops releases initial response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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cecccccb(CCCB – Ottawa)... Following its meeting of June 10-11, 2015, the Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued an initial response to the summary report and Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its summary report and Calls to Action this past June 2.

Last Updated on Friday, June 12 2015

Letter from the CCCB President to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada on assisted suicide

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Dear Minister,

Further to the ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada this past February 6, the Catholic Bishops of Canada welcomed the announcement you made in media interviews last month when you said that the federal government will soon reveal details of its public consultations regarding new legislation on assisted suicide. More recently, my brother Bishops and I also noted media reports a few weeks ago which quoted you as saying that the consultation, "while not formally announced, has begun."

Last Updated on Friday, May 22 2015

CCCB President's letter of condolence to Archbishop Lépine on death of Cardinal Turcotte

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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 of sympathy to the Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montréal, following the death on April 8, 2015, of His Eminence Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop Emeritus of Montréal. In his letter, Archbishop Durocher recalls that Cardinal Turcotte was collaborating with the CCCB even before his episcopal ordination, and that "he willingly served his brother Bishops in a number of roles, including that of our national President between 1997 and 2000."

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Last Updated on Thursday, April 09 2015

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