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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada. It was founded in 1943 and officially recognized by the Holy See in 1948. After the Second Vatican Council (1962–65), it became part of a worldwide network of Episcopal Conferences, established in 1965, as an integral part of the life of the universal Church.

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Founder of the Sister Adorers of the Precious Blood recognized for her heroic virtues

Mother Catherine-Aurelia of the Precious Blood (born Aurélia Caouette, 1833 – 1905), founder of the Congregation of Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood of the Union of Saint-Hyacinthe, has been recognized by the Church for her heroic virtues. The decree was recently authorized by the Holy Father during a private audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Her cause for Beatification has been under study since November 1984.

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Resources by Lutherans and Catholics for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Logo 500e ReformationThe Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) are jointly releasing resources to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017. The resources are entitled Together in Christ -- Lutherans and Catholics Commemorating the Reformation. The process of developing these resources has itself involved an ecumenical dialogue and a deepening of relations between the two Churches in Canada. Over the course of two years, a joint CCCB-ELCIC working group has prepared the materials which are intended to encourage the faithful in reflecting prayerfully on the past 500 years; in offering thanksgiving to God for the progress made in the efforts toward reconciliation; and in praying for pardon and peace whenever words or actions have fallen short of what Christ demands of Christians.

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Episcopal Ordinations of the new Auxiliary Bishops of Québec

Ordinations Mgr Pelchat et Mgr CorriveauThe episcopal ordinations of the Most Reverend Louis Corriveau and the Most Reverend Marc Pelchat, the two new Auxiliary Bishops of Québec, will take place on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., at the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, in the Archdiocese of Québec. The celebration will be presided over by His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada, along with the Most Reverend Gaétan Proulx, O.S.M., Bishop of Gaspé, and the Most Reverend Clément Fecteau, Bishop Emeritus of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, as co-consecrators. The Apostolic Nuncio, the Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, will be present, together with several other Bishops from across Canada. At the time of their appointment on October 25, 2016, Bishop-elect Corriveau was pastor of Saint-Bernardin-de-Sienne Parish in Rivière-à-Pierre (Quebec), while Bishop-elect Pelchat was Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Archdiocese of Québec. The celebration will be broadcasted live on the Catholic television channel ECDQ.TV of the Archdiocese of Québec, as well as on Salt + Light TV.

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Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during Advent and Christmas 2016

lifeandfamily-2016With Advent and its introduction to the liturgical year, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) continues to post possible homily ideas and prayers of the faithful to help link the Sunday liturgy with the national pastoral initiative for life and family. The proposed texts for the Advent and Christmas Seasons include suggestions from the Second Sunday of Advent, December 4, to the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, January 1, 2017, including suggestions for the celebrations of the Nativity of the Lord, December 24 and 25. The suggestions for homilies and prayers can be easily adapted for family prayer on Christmas Day, as well as for personal prayer or for use with other groups or organizations throughout Advent and the Christmas season. The texts for the month of December are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

 

Catholic Organization for Life and Family appoints new Director

MacDonald Michel-webThe Board of the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) announces it has appointed Mr. Michel MacDonald as the organization's new Executive Director, with his new responsibilities to begin in early January 2017. He will succeed Ms. Michèle Boulva who is retiring after having served in this position for 12 years. The appointment has been made in consultation with the two principal sponsors of COLF: the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus.

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Aid to the Church in Need 2016 Report on Religious Freedom

Report ACN 2016In its 2016 report Religious Freedom in the World, published November 2016, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) warns of the global impact of "a new phenomenon of religiously-motivated violence" which it identifies as "Islamist hyper-extremism" in the Middle East. The report, which assesses the situation of religious freedom in 196 countries, concludes that: "In parts of the Middle East including Iraq and Syria, this hyper-extremism is eliminating all forms of religious diversity and is threatening to do so in parts of African and the Asian Sub-Continent." At the same time as the research for the report confirms a "rising tide of persecution aimed at marginalised religious communities", with Muslim countries predominating in the list of states with the most serious religious freedom violations, it also provides further information about the decline of religious freedom in Western countries.

Link to the ACN Report

 

2016 National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples: Prayer for Families

CACC Message 2015The Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council has released a prayer of thanksgiving for families to mark the 2016 National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. The Aboriginal Council and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops have promoted the annual National Day of Prayer since 2002. It is celebrated on December 12, the memorial of Our Lady of Guadalupe, whom Pope Pius XII proclaimed patroness of the Americas in 1946. The devotion dates to 1531 when the Blessed Mother appeared as an Aztec princess to a humble Aboriginal peasant, Saint Juan Diego, at a place called the Hill of Tepeyac, which eventually became part of Villa de Guadalupe, a suburb of Mexico City.

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CCCB French liturgical publication Vivre et célébrer now in electronic format

Vivre et Celebrer-Hiver 2016On November 15, 2016, the Office national de liturgie of the French Sector of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) published the first electronic issue of its liturgical publication Vivre et célébrer. This new electronic format provides more flexibility in the presentation of the articles, permits the use of interactive elements to facilitate reading, and reaches a greater number of readers as the subscription is now free of charge. As was the case with the print version, Vivre et célébrer continues to be a source of reflection and formation in liturgical and sacramental life. Its target readership remains those active in the area of liturgy as well as those who wish to deepen their faith through this pastoral dimension. Each issue has a theme, providing a portfolio of articles and fact sheets on liturgical practice, together with chronicles, reviews and information from various ecclesial organizations.

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Pope Francis issues Apostolic Letter on Mercy

Immediately following the closing of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Holy See released on November 21, 2016, the Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis entitled Mercy and Misery. In his letter, the Holy Father has established the World Day of the Poor which will be celebrated annually throughout the Church on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Reflecting the experience of the Jubilee for Socially Excluded People this past November 13, the World Day is to "help communities and each of the baptized to reflect on how poverty is at the very heart of the Gospel and that, as long as Lazarus lies at the door of our homes (cf. Lk 16:19-21), there can be no justice or social peace," Pope Francis has written. In his Apostolic Letter he points out that "this Day will also represent a genuine form of new evangelization (cf. Mt 11:5) which can renew the face of the Church as She perseveres in her perennial activity of pastoral conversion and witness to mercy."

Link to the Apostolic Letter Misericordia et misera

 

Official closing of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

Logo Jubilee of MercyPope Francis will preside at the closing celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in Saint Peter's Basilica on November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King, with the Holy Father officially closing the Holy Door of the Basilica. The Jubilee Year began on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. During one of the last events of the Jubilee Year, on November 13 in Rome, the Jubilee for Socially Excluded People, the Holy Father recalled in his homily that "The human person, set by God at the pinnacle of creation, is often discarded, set aside in favour of ephemeral things. This is unacceptable, because in God's eyes man is the most precious good." This celebration was part of the major Jubilee events over the past year and had been preceded by several others since the opening of the Extraordinary Jubilee, including those for children, youth, those in mourning, deacons, priests, the sick, prisoners, catechists, and the papal nuncios.

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Pastoral letter from CCCB for 50th of Development and Peace – Caritas Canada

devp-logo-en-50eTo mark the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace – Caritas Canada in 2017, the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has issued a Pastoral Letter. The organization was founded in 1967 by the Bishops in response to Pope Paul VI's Encyclical Letter Populorum Progressio. In this acclaimed Encyclical, Blessed Paul VI described the integral development of peoples as the new word for peace. The 50th anniversary celebrations are already underway and will be held in each diocese and eparchy across Canada. The Development and Peace jubilee will be a key part of the 2017 Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Catholic Bishops.

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Death of the Most Reverend Joseph Khoury, Eparchial Bishop Emeritus for Catholic Maronites in Canada

khoury(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Most Reverend Joseph Khoury, Eparchial Bishop Emeritus for Catholic Maronites in Canada, died on November 16, 2016, at the age of 80.

Bishop Joseph Khoury was born on November 1, 1936, in Behwaita (north of Lebanon). He was ordained a priest in 1964 in Rome. After being appointed Apostolic Visitator for the Maronites in Western and Northern Europe, he was ordained Bishop in Lebanon on September 4, 1993. Pope John Paul II named him Eparchial Bishop of the Maronite Eparchy of Canada on November 11, 1996, and he was installed in February 1997. After reaching the age of 75 in 2011, he offered his resignation to the Holy Father, which was accepted January 10, 2013.

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Interfaith letter supporting Bill C-277, An Act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada

Visuel dossier euthanasie-webThe 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 to Ms. Marilyn Gladu, Conservative Member of Parliament for Sarnia - Lambton, Ontario, in support of her private member's Bill C-277 which calls for the development of a palliative care framework in Canada. The other signatories are Mr. Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA); Imam Sikander Hashmi, Canadian Council of Imams; Mr. Bruce Clemenger, President, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC); Archbishop Papken Tcharian, Prelate, Armenian Prelacy of Canada; and His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios, Primate, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto & All Canada, and President of the Canadian Conference of Orthodox Bishops.

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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.