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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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Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage: Journeying toward dialogue, reconciliation and friendship

Jesuit Canoe Pilgrimage-2On 21 July 2017, a group of thirty men and women began a canoe pilgrimage of some 800 kilometers, inspired by the Calls for Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. They departed from the historic sites of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons and the Canadian Martyrs Shrine in Midland, Ontario, and plan to arrive on 15 August, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the First Nations community of Kahnawake, near Montreal, which is also the home of the Shrine of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha and where she is buried. Following the traditional trading route used by the First Nations, as well as the 17th-century Jesuit missionaries and the early European explorers, including Samuel de Champlain, the canoeists have travelled through Georgian Bay, the French River, Lake Nipissing, and then the Mattawa and Ottawa Rivers, and will finish on the Saint Lawrence River.

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Letter of CCCB President to the Prime Minister of Canada concerning Canadian mining industry

crosbyThe Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has written the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, concerning Canadian mining operations in Latin America and their detrimental effects on the natural environment and local populations, including Indigenous peoples. The letter was also sent to the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable James Gordon Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.

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Apostolic Administrator appointed for Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto

Challita Emmanuel(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Most Reverend Emanuel Shaleta has been named Eparchial Bishop of the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Saint Peter the Apostle of San Diego, California. At the time of his appointment, he was Bishop of the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto. The Most Reverend Francis Kalabat, Eparchial Bishop of the Chaldean Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Detroit, will now serve as Apostolic Administrator, sede vacante, for the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto.

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New Eparch for Syro-Malankara Eparchy of Saint Mary Queen of Peace for the USA and Canada

Philipose Stephanos(CCCB - Ottawa) - His Holiness Pope Francis has given pontifical assent to the election by the Synod of Major Archbishops of the Syro-Malankara Church on 5 August 2017 of the Most Reverend Philipose Mar Stephanos Thattathil as Eparch of the Syro-Malankara Eparchy of Saint Mary, Queen of Peace for Syro-Malankara faithful in USA and Canada. At the time of his appointment, he was Auxiliary Bishop of Tiruvalla, India. Bishop Stephanos succeeds the Most Reverend Thomas Mar Eusebius Naickamparambil who was elected, also with pontifical assent by the Synod as the first Bishop of the newly erected Eparchy of Parassala in India. Since January 2016, Bishop Eusebius was the first Eparch of the Eparchy of Saint Mary, Queen of Peace.

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Message for 2017 World Tourism Day

The 2017 World Tourism Day will be celebrated on 27 September. The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development has released a Message entitled Sustainable tourism – A tool for development. The theme chosen by the Dicastery is similar as that of the World Tourism Organization for the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development which the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed for 2017.

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Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops will intervene in Supreme Court hearing on Trinity Western University Law School

TWU-Visual(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has been given leave by the Supreme Court of Canada to intervene in its hearing on whether lawyers educated by the Trinity Western University (TWU) Law School can be automatically barred by the two provincial law societies from practising law in British Columbia and Ontario. The two law societies claim TWU's admission policies are discriminatory because its faculty, staff and students are required to sign a Community Covenant which includes their agreement to refrain "from sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman."

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135th Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus

135-convention-KofC-bannerThe 2017 Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus was held in St. Louis, Missouri, 1 to 3 August. A number of Bishops from Canada attended. These included His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada; the Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal; the Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton; the Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg; the Most Reverend Stephen Jensen, Bishop of Prince George; the Most Reverend Marcel Damphouse, Bishop of Sault Ste-Marie; the Most Reverend Joseph Nguyen, Bishop of Kamloops; the Most Reverend Brian Bayda, C.Ss.R., Ukrainian Eparchial Bishop of Saskatoon; the Most Reverend Anthony Wieslaw Krótki, O.M.I., Bishop of Churchill-Hudson Bay; the Most Reverend Noël Simard, Bishop of Valleyfield and the CCCB liaison with the Canadian Association of the Knights of Columbus. Also participating were CCCB General Secretary Msgr. Frank Leo, C.S.S., and the Right Reverend Peter Novecosky, O.S.B., Abbot Ordinary Emeritus of St. Peter's at Muenster. The Canadian Catholic television channel, Salt + Light TV, was present to broadcast live the main events of the convention. These can be viewed on the Salt + Light video archives.

Link to the archives of Salt + Light TV
Link to the website of the Knights of Columbus

 

Minimum age for Canadian participants in 2019 World Youth Day

Logo WYD 2019-webIn preparation for World Youth Day (WYD) 2019, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) wishes to remind WYD organizers that the recommended minimum age for Canadian youth participants in the Panama event is 18 years old, as was established for previous WYD celebrations in recent years. This decision follows a resolution that had been adopted by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO) in Spring 2014, supported by the CCCB Executive Committee, and recommended by the CCCB Permanent Council to Canadian dioceses and eparchies. The minimum age of 18 is to assist diocesan and eparchial delegations and other groups in ensuring the supervision and safety of youth participants. The 2019 WYD will be celebrated in Panama, 22 to 27 January 2019, on the theme "I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word" (Luke 1:30). As announced in February 2017, the CCCB has appointed Ms. Isabel Correa, Director of Youth Ministry at the Archdiocese of Montreal, as the National Coordinator for the Canadian delegation participating in WYD 2019.

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Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during August 2017

lifeandfamily-2016The 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 month of August 2017 include suggestions from the liturgical feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, 6 August, to the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, 27 August. As usual, the suggestions for homilies and prayers can 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 August are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

 

CCCB Statement On the Passage of Bill C-16 Regarding Gender Identity and Gender Expression

Bishop Crosby Plénière 2015Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code, was recently passed by the Parliament of Canada and received royal assent on 19 June 2017. This Act adds gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act, and also modifies the Criminal Code to extend the protection against hate crimes to members of groups distinguished by gender identity or expression.

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Message by Pope Francis to G20 leaders meeting in Hamburg

Pope Francis has written to the German Chancellor, Her Excellency Angela Merkel, host of the G20 leaders' summit gathered in Hamburg, Germany, 7-8 July 2017. Although dated 29 June 2017, the message was made public today, 7 July, by the Holy See. The 2018 meeting of the G7 leaders will take place in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, with the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, as host.

Link to the message of the Holy Father

 

Message for the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

His Eminence Peter Cardinal Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, published his message for the United Nations' International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, 26 June 2017. The message focuses primarily on the question of the legalization of marijuana. The issues involved were also addressed on 12 April 2017 by the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, in his reflection entitled "Statement on Canada's Opioid Crisis and Drug Addiction".

Link to the message of Cardinal Turkson (PDF)
Link to the statement by Bishop Crosby (PDF)

 

Letter from CCCB President to Foreign Affairs Minister on Canadian Foreign Policy

crosbyThe Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has written to the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, regarding her 6 June 2017 speech on Canadian foreign policy. In her speech to the House of Commons, the Minister equated women's rights with the right to abortion and "sexual reproductive rights", claiming "[t]hese rights are at the core of Canadian foreign policy." In his letter, Bishop Crosby expresses his profound concern and disagreement, calling the statement "erroneous, confusing, and misguided." He recalls that "many women's issues that actually ought to have been raised as legitimate points of international engagement ... were passed over in silence. They include Canada's economic partnerships with countries in which female infants are murdered for not being male; those in which women earn less than men for the same job or where they do not enjoy the same privileges under the law, including the right to education or protection from rape, physical violence, and other forms of abuse."

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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.