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 2.      Activities of President and Executive 

In addition to the interventions and reflections on the redefinition of marriage, among other activities over the past year that involved the President and the Executive were the following: 

  • 8 to 13 January – together with General Secretary Msgr. Mario Paquette, P.H., and along with representatives of a number of other Episcopal Conferences, I travelled to Jerusalem and Bethlehem to participate in a meeting with the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land on its future and the problems confronting Christians there.
  • 15-16 February – together with the other members of the Executive and the General Secretary, I participated in the 33rd Meeting of the Bishops of the Church in America which was held in Bogotá, Colombia, on the media and evangelization in the light of the Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America.
  • Following the death of Pope John Paul II on 2 April, together with Cardinals Aloysius Ambrozic, Marc Ouellet and Jean-Claude Turcotte, as well as Archbishop Daniel Bohan, Bishops Anthony Tonnos and James Wingle, I assisted at the papal funeral.
  • 24 April – I again travelled to Rome, for the solemn inauguration of the pontificate of Benedict XVI.
  • 16 to 21 August – together with some 7,000 young Canadians and 29 other young-hearted bishops from our Conference, I participated in World Youth Day in Cologne, at which catechetical sessions were led by Cardinal Ambrozic, Cardinal Ouellet, Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Bishop Jacques Berthelet, C.S.V., Auxiliary Bishop David Motiuk and Bishop Wingle.
  • 25 August to 1 September – at the invitation of His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos and Supreme Patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church, I joined Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, Primate of the Anglican Church in Canada, Archbishop Sotirios, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church in Canada, and Dr. Richard Schneider, President of the Canadian Council of Churches, in a visit to the Holy City of Etchmiadzin, to celebrate the 1600th anniversary of the creation of the Armenian alphabet and the translation of the Bible into Armenian. One more example of the close intertwining of civilization and evangelization, Armenia was converted to Christianity in 301, predating the conversion in Rome of the Emperor Constantine in 312, with the Armenian alphabet being established a century later to assist in the inculturation of the faith. I accepted the invitation after consulting the Apostolic Nuncio, the Executive Committee, and also Bishop Manuel Batakian, our colleague who is now the Eparchial Bishop of the newly established Eparchy for Armenian Catholics in United States and Canada.
  • 2 September – I sent a letter of sympathy and solidarity to the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which I asked him to convey to the bishops and faithful of the dioceses most affected by Hurricane Katrina, not only but particularly in the ecclesiastical provinces of New Orleans and Mobile. 

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On January 13th 2010, Most Reverend Vincent Nguyen became Canada’s first Catholic Bishop of East Asian descent. He is the great-grandson of a Vietnamese Martyr.