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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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102nd World Day of Migrants and Refugees

On January 17, 2016, the Church will celebrate the 102nd World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The theme chosen by Pope Francis is "Migrants and refugees challenge us. The response of the Gospel of mercy ". The official message will be published in the coming months.

Link to the Website of the Jubilee of Mercy

 

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Cover Laudato Si-ENEarlier this August, Pope Francis instituted the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which will be on September 1 annually, beginning in 2015. It will coincide with a similar celebration previously established by Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. It is therefore also a day of ecumenical prayer. In his letter addressed to the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, the Holy Father wrote: "As Christians we wish to contribute to resolving the ecological crisis which humanity is presently experiencing. In doing so, we must first rediscover in our own rich spiritual patrimony the deepest motivations for our concern for the care of creation." On the website of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, there are already some resources in connection with the Pope's Encyclical, Laudato Si' (Praise Be To You), on the care of our common home. At the end of the Encyclical is found the following prayer:

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2015 CCCB PLENARY ASSEMBLY

Plenary 2014-2(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will hold its annual Plenary Assembly, 14-18 September 2015, at the Nav Canada Centre, Cornwall, Ontario, in the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall. The meeting will be chaired by the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and CCCB President, who will finish his term as the current President at the end of this Plenary. Part of the 2015 Plenary agenda is dedicated to the election of a new President and other members of the Executive Committee and Permanent Council who will serve for the next two years. On the eve of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, together with the second Synod of Bishops on the family, the theme of the family will be a key part of the discussions of the Plenary Assembly. Moreover, the Bishops will gather at Saint Joseph Oratory, Montreal, for a special Mass open to the public to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life. The Mass will be held on September 17 at 10:30 am.

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Posthumous tribute to Cardinal Turcotte

Cardinal Turcotte 2013The Dominican Pastoral Institute, Montreal, will be awarding an Honorary Doctorate in Pastoral Theology to the late Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, Archbishop Emeritus of Montréal, on September 2, 2015. By being awarded posthumously, as part of the inauguration of the academic year, it is hoped this will inspire all those who are preparing for and being formed in the pastoral ministry. The Institute is associated with the Dominican University College of Ottawa which was founded 115 years ago. This is also the year that the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) celebrates its 800th anniversary. Over the centuries, it has become a great spiritual family of thousands of priests, Brothers, Sisters and laity around the world.

Link to the Website of the Institute (in French only)

 

CCCB comment on Israeli renewed construction of security wall in Cremisan Valley

Holy Land 2015-4This past Monday, August 17, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Fouad Boutros Ibrahim Twal, denounced the renewed Israeli construction of the security wall near the Cremisan Valley. The valley lies in the West Bank on the Palestinian side of the Green Line adjacent to the towns of Beit Jala and Bethlehem. The Patriarch declared that the resumption of construction is "without regard to the rights of the families of the valley" and called on the Israeli authorities to await the upcoming decision of the Supreme Court of Israel on the petition submitted by the families in the valley.

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CCCB representatives participate in meeting of the Holy See – “In Union with God We Hear a Plea” on mining activities

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) was represented at a recent meeting organized by the Holy See on mining activities. The two CCCB representatives were Dr. Ernest Martin Kroeker from the Diocese of Kamloops, on behalf of the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation community near Williams Lake, B.C., and Mr. Kyle Ferguson, CCCB advisor for ecclesial and interfaith relations who also assists the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council. The meeting, held this past July 17-19 in Rome, concerned communities from across the globe which are affected by mining activities. It was organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Titled "In Union with God We Hear a Plea," the meeting brought together representatives from Latin America, Africa, India, the Philippines, North America as well as Non-Governmental Organizations and Episcopal Conferences.

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The Catholic Bishops of Canada celebrate people in Consecrated Life

Logo Year Consecrated LifeOn the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) joins the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC) to invite all religious, members of societies of apostolic life and secular institutes, as well as all interested Catholics, to a Mass of Thanksgiving, September 17, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., at Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, in Montreal. The Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the CCCB, will preside at the Mass along with all the Catholic Bishops of Canada. Fr. Eugene King, O.M.I. will deliver the homily. This celebration will take place during the annual meeting of the Plenary Assembly of the CCCB, which will take place in Cornwall, Ontario.

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Guide for 2015 Federal Election

(CCCB – Ottawa)... With the federal election campaign underway, the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued a guide inviting Catholics to vote with discernment. In its "2015 Federal Election Guide", the Commission lists some basic principles from Catholic moral and social teaching to help voters analyze and evaluate public policies and programs.

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CCCB edition of the new Encyclical Laudato si’

Cover Laudato Si-ENThe Canadian edition of the new Encyclical Laudato Si' (Praise Be to you) is available for ordering from the CCCB Publications at the cost of $9.95 by telephone (1-800-769-1147), by email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), or on line at the following links:

To order the English version

To order the French version

 

David Leduc named Executive Director of Development and Peace

David LeducThe Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) announced on July 28, 2015, the appointment of Mr. David Leduc as its new Executive Director. He takes over from Mr. Michael Casey, who is pursuing a new professional career after completing his two five-year terms with Development and Peace. After taking office, Mr. Leduc wrote to the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), to express his enthusiasm on assuming his new duties and his desire to collaborate with the Bishops of Canada "in continuity of a common mission to spread our Lord's universal message of love through programs on behalf of the poorest in our world". Msgr. Patrick Powers, P.H., General Secretary of the CCCB, has in turn sent best wishes to Mr. Leduc and assured him of the full cooperation of the staff of the Episcopal Conference.

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New Apostolic Exarchate for Syro-Malabarian Catholics in Canada

KALLUVELIL Joseph webOttawa, August 6, 2015- Today, His Holiness Pope Francis has erected the Apostolic Exarchate for Syro-Malabar faithful in Canada, with its See in Mississauga (Ontario), and has appointed Reverend Jose Kalluvelil, from the Eparchy of Palghat (India), as its first Apostolic Exarch. Previously, the Syro-Malabar Catholics of the country were part of the Eparchy for Syro-Malabarian Catholics in Canada and the United States which was erected in 2001. The new Exarchate has 18 parishes and missions, with a Catholic population of 15,000.

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CCCB President attends 2015 Convention of the Knights of Columbus

durocheThe 2015 Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 4 to 6. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will be represented by its President, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau. The Canadian Catholic television channel, Salt + Light TV, will be at the 2015 Supreme Convention to broadcast live its main events, including the Opening Mass, the Supreme Knight's Address and the States Dinner.

Link to the broadcast schedule of Salt + Light
Link to the website of the Knights of Columbus

 

Consultation on euthanasia

On July 17, 2015, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Peter MacKay, and Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, announced the establishment of an External Panel of experts who will consult with stakeholders and with all Canadians on options for dealing with the Supreme Court of Canada's lifting of the prohibition against physician-assisted suicide.

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