On November 15, 2014, Pope Francis gave a private audience to the delegation from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) which is in Rome until November 20 for the annual visit of the CCCB Presidency with various offices of the Holy See. The CCCB delegation is led by the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and CCCB President, and also includes the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and CCCB Vice President, as well as Mr. Bede Hubbard, English-language Assistant General Secretary, who is representing Msgr. Patrick Powers, P.H., CCCB General Secretary.
This morning, November 17, 2014, Pope Francis confirmed that he will travel to the United States to attend the 2015 World Meeting of Families (WMF) which will take place in Philadelphia from September 22 to 27 on the theme Love is Our Mission: The Family fully alive. Couples and families interested can now register online via the WMF website – www.worldmeeting2015.org.
Representatives of Canada's Anglican and Catholic churches recently met for five days of diverse discussions characterized by candour and charity. The joint and separate meetings of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada and the Anglican-Roman Catholic Bishops' Dialogue of Canada took place November 8-12, 2014 at the Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.
The Canadian Religious Conference (CRC) has appointed Father Timothy Scott, C.S.B., as its new Executive Director on November 5, 2014. He will begin his duties this coming January 1, for an initial three-year term, and succeeds Father Yvon Pomerleau, O.P., who is currently filling the position. Originally from Regina, Father Scott studied at the Toronto School of Theology and the Catholic University of Lyon. He holds a licentiate in Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute and a doctorate in biblical theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He previously served as President of St. Joseph's College of the University of Alberta, Edmonton, and in 2010 was elected general councillor of the Basilian Fathers. He is a member of the CRC Theological Commission and also a delegate of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Catholic-Lutheran Church-Canada dialogue.
Link to the Media release of the CRC
The Archdiocese of Ottawa has announced the death of Msgr. Léonard Rochon, P.H., a former staff member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), on November 10, 2014 at the age of 91. Born in Calumet, Quebec in 1923, he was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Ottawa in 1949. In 1973, Msgr. Rochon joined the CCCB Secretariat. He served as a member of the Pastoral Team that was formed as a research unit within the Secretariat. His specialization was in the area of Catechetics. He played an important role in promoting francophone religious education. He served as an animator for catechesis in the francophone dioceses outside Quebec and as liaison with the Quebec Catechetical Office (l'Office de catéchèse du Québec). In 1983, he was appointed by the CCCB Executive Committee as a special assistant for the organization of the 1984 Papal Visit to Canada. The Funeral Mass will be on Friday, November 14 at 2:30 p.m., and will be presided by the Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa.
Jeanne Mance was recognized by the Church for her heroic virtues on November 10, 2014. French Lay woman, she has founded the hospital Hôtel-Dieu in Montreal. Born in Langres en Champagne, France, on November 12, 1606, she died in Montreal on June 18, 1673. She's the only founder of Montreal who died in the colony. The recent decree recognizing her heroic virtues was authorized by Pope Francis. The decree opening her canonical inquiry had been introduced in 1959 by the Archdiocese of Montréal. She was also officially recognized by the City of Montreal, on May 17, 2012, as cofounder of Ville-Marie, today Montreal, along with Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve
Link to the Website of the Musée des Hospitalières de l'Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal
(CCCB-Ottawa)... A delegation from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is currently in Rome, November 10 to 20, 2014, for the annual meetings with the offices of the Holy See. The Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and CCCB President, is leading the Canadian delegation, which also includes the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and CCCB Vice President, and Mr. Bede Hubbard, English-language Assistant General Secretary, representing Msgr. Patrick Powers, P.H., CCCB General Secretary. During their visit, they will be received by Pope Francis in a private audience on November 15.
According to the 2014 Report on Religious Freedom in the World by the International Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), religious freedom is compromised in nearly 60 % of countries worldwide. The Report compiled by journalists, academics and commentators, reveals deep concerns for people of faith in 116 of the world's 196 countries. "The report – looking at all religious groups and covering events from autumn 2012 to summer 2014 – concludes that where the situation regarding religious liberty has changed, it has almost always changed for the worse."
The National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples has been celebrated since 2002 on December 12 by the Church in Canada. This year and next, as we join our Bishops in reflecting on the pastoral challenges for the family and its needs and role in evangelization, the members of the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council wish to honour elders who helped them develop their own faith:
The Most Rev. Donald J. Thériault, Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of Canada, has issued a letter in connection with the 2014 Remembrance Day on November 11. The Military Ordinariate has also provided an accompanying 2014 poster from the Catholic Cemetery Conference with a "logo build" guide for the use of its logo.
Link to the letter by Bishop Thériault (PDF)
Link to the poster (PDF)
Link to the logo build guide (PDF)
On November 9, 2014, at St. James Anglican Cathedral, Toronto, will be the official launch of "A Church in Dialogue: Towards the Restoration of Unity among Christians", recently released by the Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). The launch will involve an ecumenical prayer service and lectures starting at 7:00 p.m., jointly organized by the Anglican - Roman Catholic dialogue of Canada (ARC) and the Anglican - Roman Catholic Bishops' dialogue of Canada (ARC-B). The event will be broadcast live on Salt + Light Television Network and live streamed through their website which can also be viewed on the CCCB homepage. The ecumenical prayer service will be co-presided by the four Co-Chairs of the two dialogues: The Most Reverend Donald Bolen (ARC) and The Most Reverend Gary Gordon (ARC-B) along with their Anglican colleagues, The Right Reverend Linda Nicholls, Area Bishop of Trent-Durham (ARC), and The Right Reverend Barry B. Clarke, Anglican Bishop of Montreal (ARC-B).
The Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, the Most Reverend Bernardito Auza, recently delivered an address on the eradication of poverty during the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly. The Permanent Observer made his intervention on October 23, 2014.
Link to the Statement