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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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2018 Message of the Holy Father for 33rd World Youth Day

Logo WYD 2019-webThe Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life has released the Holy Father's Message for the 33rd World Youth Day (WYD), which will be celebrated in the Dioceses on 25 March 2018, on the theme "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God" (Luke 1:30). In the introduction of his message, Pope Francis writes that the 2018 WYD "represents another step in preparation for the international WYD due to take place in Panama in January 2019... and falls in the same year that the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will meet on the theme: Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment." He continues stressing that "the focus, prayer and reflection of the Church will turn to you young people, with the desire to receive and, above all, to embrace the precious gift that you are to God, to the Church and to the world."

Link to Pope Francis' 2018 WYD message

 

Materials for 2018 National Week for Life and the Family

2018WeekofLifeandFamily ENThe National Week for Life and the Family will be celebrated across Canada, 13 to 20 May 2018, that is, from the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord to Pentecost Sunday. Ascension Sunday this year also coincides with Mother's Day. For the sixth consecutive year, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is offering dioceses/eparchies, parishes as well as Catholic organizations and associations possible resources and options for planning and organizing local activities. The theme for the 2018 National Week is "Love: Encountering the Other". The resources have been prepared by the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF), working in collaboration and consultation with the CCCB. These are available online, and may be freely downloaded and reproduced by dioceses/eparchies, parishes and other non-profit groups.

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Online catechesis and other resources in view of 2018 World Meeting of Families

WMOF2018-Dublin-IrelandThe Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life has announced that a digital series of seven catecheses on the family is freely available on its website and its YouTube channel, PcFamiglia. The materials, which are in preparation for the upcoming World Meeting of Families (WMF) in Dublin, Ireland, 21-26 August 2018, are available in five languages, including English and French. As well, the WMF website is also offering a number of resources, including the "Amoris Programme" which involves six sessions of parish conversations for reflecting on and sharing experiences of family life. Although this programme is described in various languages, including English and French, the resource itself is currently available in English only.

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New Bishop appointed for Nelson

bittman(CCCB – Ottawa)... His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend John Corriveau, O.F.M.Cap., as Bishop of the Diocese of Nelson, and has appointed today as his successor the Most Reverend Gregory Bittman. At the time of his appointment, Bishop Bittman was Auxiliary Bishop of Edmonton. Bishop Corriveau was Bishop of the Diocese of Nelson for the past ten years. He had submitted his resignation to the Holy Father upon reaching the age of 75, as required by the Code of Canon Law.

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Death of the Most Reverend Joseph N. MacNeil, Archbishop Emeritus of Edmonton

2010 AB-MacNeil-web(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Most Reverend Joseph N. MacNeil, Archbishop Emeritus of Edmonton, died on 11 February 2018 in Edmonton at the age of 93. After 26 years as Archbishop of Edmonton, he had submitted his resignation to the Holy Father upon reaching the age of 75, as required by the Code of Canon Law, which was accepted on 7 June 1999.

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2018 World Day of the Sick

The 26th World Day of the Sick will be celebrated on 11 February 2018, the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Holy Father's Message is entitled Mater Ecclesiae: "Behold, your son... Behold, your mother. And from that hour the disciple took her into his home." (John 19:26-27). In his Message, Pope Francis recalls that "Health care ministry will always be a necessary and fundamental task, to be carried out with renewed enthusiasm by all, from parish communities to the most largest healthcare institutions. We cannot forget the tender love and perseverance of many families in caring for their chronically sick or severely disabled children, parents and relatives. The care given within families is an extraordinary witness of love for the human person; it needs to be fittingly acknowledged and supported by suitable policies. Doctors and nurses, priests, consecrated men and women, volunteers, families and all those who care for the sick, take part in this ecclesial mission."

Message of the Holy Father
Link to a text on the World Day of the Sick (PDF) by Dr. Moira McQueen of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute

 

Message by Pope Francis for Lent 2018

The 2018 Message of Pope Francis for Lent is titled "Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold" (Matthew 24:12). In his message, the Holy Father invites the entire Church to experience this time of grace anew, with joy and in truth. "Above all, I urge the members of the Church to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm, sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer. If, at times, the flame of charity seems to die in our own hearts, know that this is never the case in the heart of God! He constantly gives us a chance to begin loving anew."

Link to the Message

 

Responses by faith leaders and coverage by media on the government’s changes to Canada Summer Jobs program

Statement Summer Jobs 2018-6-webOver the past weeks, many faith groups, including the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), have expressed their alarm about recent changes by the federal government to the Canada Summer Jobs program which infringe on the fundamental Charter rights and freedoms of conscience, religion, thought, belief, opinion and expression. The CCCB published its first statement about these concerns on 11 January 2018, and subsequently signed an interfaith statement which was released on 25 January at a news conference in Toronto where His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, represented the Conference. A number of other Catholic Bishops have also published letters or statements. The CCCB has put together a list of statements issued by Catholic dioceses, as well as by other faith groups, together with a summary listing of media coverage and opinion (updated as of 9 February 2018).

Link to the list (PDF)

 

Ordination of the new Bishop of Chicoutimi

Guay René-web-2The ordination of the Most Reverend René Guay as Bishop of the Diocese of Chicoutimi will take place on Friday, 2 February 2018, at 7:30 p.m., in Saint-François-Xavier Cathedral, Saguenay. His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada, will preside as the principal ordaining Bishop, along with the Most Reverend André Rivest, Bishop Emeritus of Chicoutimi, and the Most Reverend Robert Harris, Bishop of Saint John, as co-consecrators. The Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be present, along with the Apostolic Nuncio, the Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, and other Bishops from Canada. At the time of his appointment on 18 November 2017, Bishop Guay was chaplain at the Detention Centre of Québec City. The celebration will be broadcast live on the web by the television service of the Archdiocese of Québec (ECDQ.TV).

Link to the diocesan website

 

Message from CCCB for 50th anniversary of Charismatic Renewal in Canada

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Charismatic Renewal in Canada which is being celebrated during 2018, the Episcopal Commission for Doctrine of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) released a message, dated 25 January 2018, Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle.

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CCCB names two delegates for pre-Synod meeting of youth

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has named two Canadian young adults as its delegates to the upcoming meeting of youth, to be held at the Vatican 19-24 March 2018. The gathering is in preparation for the October 2018 Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. The two delegates are Ms. Emilie Callan and Mr. Jacob Jason Genaille-Dustyhorn.

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2018 World Communications Day

MemeENG-2The Holy See has released the Holy Father's Message for the 2018 World Communications Day. The message is entitled "The truth will set you free (John 8:32): Fake news and journalism for peace". It was released on 24 January 2018, the liturgical memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, patron saint of writers and journalists.

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Death of the father of the Most Rev. Paul-André Durocher

Mr. Maurice Durocher, father of the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau, passed away on 26 January 2018 at the age of 86. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on 31 January, at 11:00 am, at Saint-Pierre Apôtre Parish Church, Hawkesbury, Ontario. The wake will take place the day before, 30 January, at the Berthiaume Funeral Home, 416, McGill Street in Hawkesbury, from 7 pm to 9 pm.

 
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Canada’s oldest diocese, the Archdiocese of Quebec, was established in 1674. Most Reverend François de Laval was its first Bishop.