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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.

What's New

New Auxiliary Bishop appointed for Trois-Rivières

TREMBLAY Pierre-Olivier-web(CCCB – Ottawa)... His Holiness Pope Francis today appointed Father Pierre-Olivier Tremblay, O.M.I., Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Trois-Rivières. At the time of his appointment, the Bishop-elect was Rector of the Shrine of Notre-Dame-du-Cap in Trois-Rivières. He will assist the Bishop of Trois-Rivières, the Most Reverend Luc Bouchard.

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CNEWA Canada launches Middle East Christians Campaign

mideast chartcaOttawa, Ont., 16 May 2018 – Catholic Near East Welfare Association Canada (CNEWA Canada) launches today a year-long campaign to raise awareness on the struggle of Christians living in the Middle East and to raise funds to support the many works of the local churches. CNEWA's "Christians Can't Survive Without You" campaign includes direct mail appeals, e-marketing and other digital channels as well as advertisements and parish-based initiatives across the country. In its campaign, CNEWA Canada invites people to be as generous as possible. The funds raised will go toward groups and local church partners in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and Israel.

Link to the news release of CNEWA Canada (PDF)

 

Message from the Holy See to mark the celebration of Ramadan 2018

To mark the beginning of Ramadan and its conclusion (Id al-Fitr), the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has issued a message entitled Christians and Muslims: From Competition to Collaboration. The message is intended to be shared with Muslims and those working in interfaith dialogues. The celebration of Ramadan began this year in Canada on 16 May and will continue for 30 days until it concludes with the celebration of Id al-Fitr on 15 June 2018.

Link to the message

 

Coadjutor Bishop appointed for Saint-Jérôme

poisson(CCCB – Ottawa)... His Holiness Pope Francis today named the Most Reverend Raymond Poisson, currently Bishop of Joliette, as Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Saint-Jérôme. As Coadjutor Bishop, he will assist the current Diocesan Bishop of Saint-Jérôme, the Most Reverend Pierre Morissette, and succeed Bishop Morissette when he eventually resigns and his resignation is accepted by the Holy Father. In accordance with the Code of Canon Law, this usually happens once a Bishop reaches 75 years old. The Holy Father has likewise appointed Bishop Poisson as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Joliette.

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Season of Creation 2018: Look at the birds and the flowers

Green Churches poster2018"Creation" now has its place in the church's calendar of activities. "Season of Creation" extends from September 1st to October 4th and the Green Churches Network has developed an ideal resource to help Christians give thanks to God for the goodness of Creation and care for it. This year's theme is: "Look at the birds of the air and the lilies of the field" (Matthew 6:25-33). This month of September will be an opportunity to reflect, pray and act to care for the environment.

Link to the news release of the Green Churches Network (PDF)
Link to the resources

 

CCCB staff member honoured by the Canadian Council of Imams: Mr. Kyle Ferguson

Ferguson KyleAt its Third Annual Dinner on 7 May 2018, the Canadian Council of Imams honoured Mr. Kyle Ferguson, Advisor for Ecclesial and Interfaith Relations with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). He was awarded for his interfaith outreach and his friendship with the Council of Imams. Mr. Ferguson likewise serves as the Secretary for the CCCB Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue, which assists in coordinating the eleven dialogues sponsored by the CCCB, including eight ecumenical and three interreligious. Two other recipients were also honored at the gala: the Honourable Linda Jeffrey, Mayor of Brampton, Ontario, and Dr. Aliya Khan, Professor of Medicine at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. The CCCB congratulates Mr. Ferguson for his exceptional and tireless work in ecumenical and interfaith ministry.

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COLF message for 2018 National March for Life

2018-Logo-March For LifeThe Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) has released on its website its annual message for the National March for Life, to be held this year in Ottawa on 10 May 2018. In its message entitled "Pro-Life All. In.", COLF writes that "from the first moment of conception to natural death, every life is sacred. May we, the friends and defenders of life, be united as one in upholding this truth while we can, striving at whatever cost to build a truly inclusive society – one which respects and embraces all, that is every single human person."

Link to COLF's Message
Link to the website for the 2018 National March for Life

 

Pastoral letter by the Bishops of Ontario on Catholic education

Renewing-The-Promise-JPEG-300x289The Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO) has published a pastoral letter for Catholic education, entitled Renewing The Promise. The letter has been published during Catholic Education Week, 6 to 11 May 2018, and was officially launched yesterday, 7 May 2018. In its introduction, the Bishops state that "Catholic schools offer an extraordinary contribution to the social and environmental fabric of our society and world. In partnership with parents, who bear the primary responsibility for the education of their children, all those who work in Catholic education are called upon to reflect, in a faithful and discerning fashion, God's presence in this world."

Link to the pastoral letter (PDF)
Link to the bilingual webpage for Catholic Education Week 2018

 

Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during May 2018

2018WeekofLifeandFamily ENThe sixth National Week for Life and the Family will take place 13 to 20 May 2018. As Catholic dioceses and eparchies together with family life groups across Canada prepare to celebrate this National Week on the theme "Love: Encountering the Other", the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) again posts possible homily ideas and prayers of the faithful to help link the liturgy each Sunday with the national pastoral initiative for life and family. The proposed texts for the month of May 2018 include suggestions from the 6th Sunday of Easter, 6 May, to the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, 27 May, including suggestions for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, 13 May, and Pentecost Sunday, 20 May. As usual, the suggestions for homilies and prayers can also be easily adapted for family prayer, as well as for personal prayer or for use with other groups or organizations. The texts for the month of May are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

Link to the resources for the 2018 National Week for Life and the Family

 

Ecumenical letter on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

gendronThe Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has signed a joint ecumenical letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Canada and to the leaders of the parties in opposition in support of Private Member's Bill C-262: "An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples". The Bill is sponsored by Mr. Romeo Saganash, an NDP Member of Parliament representing the Quebec riding of Abitibi – Baie-James – Nunavik – Eeyou. The other seven signatories represent The Anglican Church of Canada, Christian Reformed Church in North America, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Mennonite Church Canada, The Presbyterian Church in Canada, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and The United Church of Canada.

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Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall united to Archdiocese of Ottawa “in persona episcopi” – appointment of Most Rev. Terrence Prendergast as Bishop of Alexandria-Cornwall

prendergast(CCCB – Ottawa)... On 27 April 2018 His Holiness Pope Francis united the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall with the Archdiocese of Ottawa "in persona episcopi" (that is, in the person of the Bishop) and has appointed the Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa, as Bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall. He had earlier been appointed by the Holy Father as the Apostolic Administrator of Alexandria-Cornwall on 13 January 2016, and will now serve both dioceses as their Bishop.

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Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on the call to holiness in today’s world

184-959The Holy See has recently published the Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate of Pope Francis "On the call to holiness in today's world". In the introduction of his Apostolic Exhortation, the Holy Father writes that the goal "is to re-propose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunities. For the Lord has chosen each one of us 'to be holy and blameless before him in love' (Ephesians 1:4)." Printed copies of the Apostolic Exhortation will be available from CCCB Publications by mid-May. Pre-orders can be placed by telephone at 1-800-769-1147 or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Link to the Apostolic Exhortation
To order the Exhortation from CCCB Publications

 

Letter of condolences from CCCB President with regard to the recent tragedy in Toronto

The Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, has written to His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto. In his letter, Bishop Gendron conveys the condolences and prayers of the faithful and the Bishops of Canada following the tragedy of Monday, 23 April 2018.

Link to the letter (PDF)

 
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