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Suggestions on residential school burial sites and Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

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Saint Kateri TekakwithaThe Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), in consultation with the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council and Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, is proposing that Catholic dioceses/eparchies, parishes, missions and organizations offer assistance on two key issues which are of special importance to Indigenous People and of concern for all Canadians:

1. Identifying, documenting, commemorating and protecting residential school cemeteries and related burial sites
2. Assisting the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Last Updated on Wednesday, May 10 2017 Read more...
 

Ecumenical letter to the Prime Minister of Canada concerning South Sudan

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crise-afrique-article2017b-web 0The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Most Reverend Archbishop Fred J. Hiltz, Primate of The Anglican Church of Canada, and the Reverend Douglas H. Rollwage, Moderator of the 2016 General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada have signed a joint ecumenical letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, concerning the deteriorating situation in South Sudan.

Last Updated on Monday, May 01 2017 Read more...
 

Christians, Jews and Muslims call for palliative care strategy for Canada

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Bishop Crosby Plénière 2015The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has signed a joint interfaith letter released as an op-ed in The Hill Times, a weekly newspaper covering government and federal politics on Parliament Hill. The other signatories are: Mr. Bruce Clemenger, President, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC); Mr. Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA); and Imam Sikander Hashmi, Canadian Council of Imams.

Last Updated on Friday, April 21 2017 Read more...
 

Message of the CCCB President on the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation

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crosby(CCCB – Ottawa)... On the memorial of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Protectress of Canada, 17 April 2017, which is also Easter Monday, the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has issued a message marking the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. On behalf of his brother Bishops, he offers best wishes and prayers "that God will continue to keep our home and native land glorious and free, and that Canadians, including the Indigenous Peoples whose lands we share, will continue to work toward a better country and a better world."

Last Updated on Monday, April 17 2017 Read more...
 

Statement on Canada’s Opioid Crisis and Drug Addiction

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It has become increasingly clear in recent years that Canada is facing a serious substance abuse crisis. Although this problem has existed in various forms for some time, the recent deaths of so many Canadians due to overdoses – particularly through the use of new potent opioids like fentanyl and carfentanyl – is alarming. In British Columbia, for example, 914 deaths resulted from street drug overdoses in 2016, almost twice as many as in the previous year. The majority of these deaths are connected to fentanyl use. Opioid overdose deaths are also on the rise across the country, posing a serious problem for health authorities.

Last Updated on Friday, April 28 2017 Read more...
 


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