As part of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM) are organizing a continental Congress of the Americas, which will take place August 27 to 30, 2016, in Bogota, Colombia. Several Bishops from Canada will participate: the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and Vice President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops; His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada; the Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal; the Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa; the Most Reverend Luc Bouchard, Bishop of Trois-Rivières; the Most Reverend Daniel Jodoin, Bishop of Bathurst; the Most Reverend Raymond Poisson, Bishop of Joliette; and the Most Reverend Héctor Felipe Vila, Bishop of Whitehorse. The main events of the continental gathering can be followed on a special website, in Spanish only, and also on social media: Facebook, www.facebook/comunicacioncelam; Twitter,@Comunica_CELAM; and on Youtube, celamtv.
Link to the Congress' Website
On September 4, 2016, the Canadian Catholic television channel Salt + Light TV will broadcast live from Saint Peter's Square, Rome, the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa Bojaxiu, founder of the Missionaries of Charity. Founded in 1950 in the Archdiocese of Calcutta, India, the congregation has today 765 houses in 138 countries, including some in Canada: Montreal, Québec, Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver and St. Paul (Alberta). This historic event can be watched live starting at 3:30 a.m. A few Canadian Bishops will participate in Rome at the canonization, including the Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal, the Most Reverend Robert Harris, Bishop of Saint John, the Most Reverend Scott McCaig, C.C, Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of Canada, the Most Reverend Nicola De Angelis, Bishop Emeritus of Peterborough, and the Right Reverend Peter Novecosky, O.S.B., Abbot Ordinary Emeritus of St. Peter's at Muenster.
Link to Salt + Light TV
The episcopal ordination of the Most Reverend Joseph Phuong Nguyen and his installation as Bishop of the Diocese of Kamloops will take place on Thursday, August 25, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., at the Sandman Centre (arena), Kamloops, B.C. The Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, C.S.B., Archbishop of Vancouver, will preside as the principal ordaining Bishop, along with the Most Reverend David J. J. Monroe, Bishop Emeritus of Kamloops, and the Most Reverend Stephen Jensen, Bishop of Prince George, as co-consecrators. The Counsellor of the Apostolic Nunciature of Canada, Msgr. Fermin Emilio Sosa Rodriguez, will be also present. The Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg, will deliver the homily. At the time of his appointment on June 1, 2016, Bishop Nguyen was Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Vancouver. He succeeds Bishop Monroe who served the Diocese of Kamloops as Bishop for the past 14 years. He remains Apostolic Administrator of Kamloops until the new Bishop takes canonical possession of the Diocese. The celebration will be broadcast live on Salt + Light Television and The B.C. Catholic will also be covering the event.
Link to the diocesan website of Kamloops
CCCB Publications has just released On care for our common home: A dialogue guide for Laudato Si’. This publication was elaborated by the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice. It includes key quotations from the encyclical, examines its content and offers questions for group discussions in order to foster a deeper commitment to the care of creation as well as to the environment and ecology.
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The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has sent a letter of congratulations to the Honourable Graydon Nicholas, former Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, for his appointment to the Order of Canada announced on June 30, 2016, by the Governor General of Canada. In his letter, Bishop Crosby thanked him for his dedicated service to the Kingdom of God and to God's people. "I think particularly of your faithful work over the years as a member of the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council as well as of the Knights of Columbus."
Link to the letter of Bishop Crosby (PDF)
To aid Canadian Catholics in celebrating the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy which ends this November 20, the Episcopal Commission for Doctrine of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has prepared a text entitled The Beauty of Mercy: Pope Francis and Confession. It is a series of quotations from the Holy Father on the importance and beauty of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and contains likewise words that encourage and challenge both penitents and priest confessors.
Link to the resource (PDF)
Tri-fold pamphlet version on 8.5x14" paper (PDF)
The Most Reverend James Martin Hayes, Archbishop Emeritus of Halifax, passed away peacefully on August 2, 2016. He was 92 years old.
Funeral rites will be celebrated at St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica, in Halifax, beginning with the Rite of Reception of the Body on Wednesday, August 3, at 6:00 p.m., followed by visitation until 10:00 p.m. On Thursday, August 4, visitation in the Cathedral will begin at 10:00 a.m. ending with Evening Prayer Vigil at 7:30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial, with Archbishop Anthony Mancini presiding, will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, August 5, 2016. A reception will immediately follow the funeral Mass in the Cathedral Hall. The committal will take place after the reception at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville.
Ottawa, ON – Today, His Holiness Pope Francis will visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland. The Pope's visit is an important occasion to recall the terrible consequences of hatred and indifference in the world. This will mark the third papal visit to the infamous site, following in the footsteps of Saint John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The visit is in keeping with the papal record over the past half century of fostering Catholic-Jewish ties and speaking out against antisemitism, as well as other forms of hatred, intolerance, terrorism, and modern manifestations of genocide.
Young pilgrims from all over the world are gathered in Krakow, Poland, from July 25-31, 2016, to participate in the 31st World Youth Day (WYD). The Canadian National Gathering in Krakow, was held on 26 July 2016, and brought together just over 3500 young Canadians from every province and territory in the country.
The celebration was presided by His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada. The Canadian Ambassador to Poland and the Consul General were also present and addressed the youth during the celebration.
Video link to the gathering: http://livestream.com/wydcentral2013/events/5891948/videos/130995956
The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has sent a letter conveying condolences and prayers to the Most Reverend Georges Pontier, Archbishop of Marseille and President of the Bishop's Conference of France, following the recent tragedies that have occurred in France: the attack on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during celebrations of France's national holiday, and more recently the killing of Father Jacques Hamel, together with the assault on two Sisters and a group of parishioners perpetrated at the church in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray during Mass.
Link to the letter (PDF)
(CCCB – Ottawa)... His Holiness Pope Francis today named the Most Reverend Donald Bolen Archbishop of Regina. At the time of his appointment, he was Bishop of Saskatoon. He succeeds the Most Reverend Daniel J. Bohan who died in office January 15, 2016, at the age of 74. Since then, the Reverend Lorne Dale Crozon, the former Vicar General, has been Diocesan Administrator of the Archdiocese of Regina.
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) is part of a new information campaign that has been launched by Caritas Internationalis, entitled Syria: Peace is Possible. As an expression of his support for the campaign, Pope Francis issued a video message in which he states: "While the people suffer, incredible quantities of money are being spent to supply weapons to fighters. And some of the countries supplying these arms are also among those that talk of peace. How can you believe in someone who caresses you with the right hand and strikes you with the left hand?"
(CCCB - Ottawa)... Young pilgrims from all over the world are expected in Krakow, Poland, July 25-31, 2016, to participate in the 31st World Youth Day (WYD). Krakow is the city of Karol Wojtyla – Saint John Paul II – who in his early years as priest, university chaplain, Bishop and then Cardinal Archbishop sowed the seeds of what would become in the first years of his pontificate "World Youth Days".