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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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Installation of the new Eparchial Bishop of the Chaldeans in Canada

Challita EmmanuelThe Most Reverend Emanuel Shaleta will be installed as Eparchial Bishop of the Chaldeans in Canada at Good Shepherd Chaldean Cathedral, North York, Ontario, March 4, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. The Most Reverend Ibrahim N. Ibrahim, Eparchial Bishop Emeritus of Saint Thomas the Apostle Eparchy, Detroit, together with the Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, will lead the celebration. When he was appointed Eparchial Bishop of the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto by the Holy Father on January 15, 2015, Bishop Shaleta was then parish priest at Saint George Chaldean Catholic Church, Shelby Township, Michigan. He was ordained Bishop in Iraq on February 6 in Saint Joseph Chaldean Cathedral, Baghdad.

 

Death of the Most Reverend André Vallée, Bishop Emeritus of Hearst

vallee(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Most Reverend André Vallée, P.M.É., Bishop Emeritus of Hearst, died on February 28, 2015, at the age of 84. He had been named Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of Canada by Saint John Paul II on October 28, 1987, and Bishop of Hearst on August 19, 1996. He offered his resignation to the Holy Father when reaching the age of 75, as required by the Code of Canon Law, which was accepted on November 2, 2005.

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CCCB President's message to Canadian State Councils of the Knights of Columbus

durocheThe Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, has sent greetings to the Canadian Association of the Knights of Columbus and to the Canadian State Councils for their upcoming meetings. In his message, Archbishop Durocher recalls how "the Knights of Columbus provide a vital service not only to the Church but to all society." During the Year of Consecrated Life, he invites each parish council of the Knights "to renew your collaboration and support for the witness and work of those in consecrated life; to express your thanks and appreciation for their heroic service and generous charity; and to support new vocations to the consecrated life, so our Church and our society may continue to be blessed and strengthened by their presence among us." The message to the State Councils is being circulated by Mr. Edward Shawchuk, President of the Canadian Association of the Knights of Columbus.

Link to the Message (PDF)

 

Reflection for Bishops of Western Canada by Father Rosica on "Evangelization and Families"

Gathered in Victoria, B.C., February 24-27, 2015, for its annual plenary meeting, the Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops (AWCB) invited Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., CEO of Salt + Light Catholic Media Foundation, to give a reflection on "Evangelization and Families". The AWCB brings together the Bishops of Roman Catholic dioceses and Ukrainian Catholic eparchies in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. The text by Father Rosica is posted on the Salt + Light TV website.

 

Development and Peace Share Lent "Sow much Love" App

dp-lent-app-art-englishThe Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) has developed a very popular "app" for its2015 Share Lent campaign, "Sow much love ... to give". More information about the Lent Calendar App for smartphones and tablets, and how to download it off the App store or Google play, is available on the Development and Peace website.

During the Lenten season, Development and Peace is also welcoming solidarity visitors as part of the Share Lent campaign. Coming from the Philippines, Brazil, Colombia and Madagascar, the four visitors represent various dioceses, religious communities and Church organizations that work with CCODP in their countries. The visitors will visit the following provinces: B.C, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.

Link for the CCODP App

 

Aid to the Church in Need pledges $2.8 million to help Christians in Syria

The Catholic agency Aid to the Church in Need announced last week that it is pledging $2.8 million in continuing aid for Christians in Syria. It has already provided more than $3.27 million in assistance for those impacted by the war in Aleppo, Homs, Damascus and other Syrian cities.

Link to the news release

 

Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during March 2015

lifeandfamilyDuring this Lenten season, the 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 March 2015 include suggestions from the 2nd Sunday of Lent, March 1, to Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, March 29, which is also the Sunday selected for diocesan celebrations of World Youth Day. 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 March are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

 

Death of Cardinal Marc Ouellet's Mother

The Diocese of Amos has informed the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops that Mrs. Graziella Michaud, mother of His Eminence Marc Cardinal Ouellet, passed away on February 24, 2015, at the age of 92 and 9 months. Cardinal Ouellet will preside over the funeral on Friday, February 27, at 3:00 p.m., in St-Luc Church, La Motte, Quebec.

Letter of sympathy from CCCB President 
Letter of sympathy from CCCB General Secretary

 

Catholic priest from Sherbrooke appointed Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces

Guy ChapdelaineColonel Guy Chapdelaine, a priest of the Archdiocese of Sherbrooke, will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General and appointed Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces. This appointment was announced on February 11, 2015, by General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff. Ordained a priest in 1989, Father Chapdelaine at the time of his appointment was Director of Chaplain Services for the Canadian Forces. He has previously served as a military chaplain in Kosovo and in Afghanistan.

 

“The roots of joy”: Year of Consecrated Life video on the monastic life

video OCQ racines joieThe website of the Office de catéchèse du Québec (OCQ) is presenting the video Les racines de la joie ("The roots of the joy"), a story about the monastic life as a particular form of the consecrated life. Produced on the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life, this new 12-minute-video is on the life and spirituality of the Cistercian monks of Val Notre-Dame Abbey at Saint-Jean-de-Matha in the Diocese of Joliette, Québec. Among those interviewed is the Most Reverend Yvon Joseph Moreau, O.C.S.O., Bishop of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, one of the artisans behind this video on monastic life. It has been produced by the OCQ as part of its series Foi et spiritualité, which includes six capsules reflecting on the spiritual search so many today are living. In the spring of 2015 three other videos will be added to the series --on the environment, suffering, and the socially vulnerable. Each video is accompanied by a written resource for group or individual reflection. Most of these productions benefit from the financial support of the Fondation canadienne de la vidéo religieuse.

Link to the video "The roots of the joy" (in French only)

 

Invitation to prayer in memory of the 21 murdered Egyptian Coptic Christians

Reactions and messages of condolence were issued around the world following the recent executions in Libya of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. Pope Francis prayed for the victims during daily Mass on February 17 in the chapel of the Santa Marta Residence. The Holy Father invited those present to join him in prayer for "our brother Copts, whose throats were slit for the sole reason of being Christian, that the Lord welcome them as martyrs, for their families, for my brother [Coptic Orthodox Patriarch] Tawadros, who is suffering greatly." In a statement issued February 18, the Catholic Coptic Patriarch of Alexandria, His Beatitude Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, invited Catholics "to consider the tragic death of their Coptic Orthodox brothers from a perspective illuminated by faith." He added that Egyptians were united in responding to the "bloody barbarism of the jihadists".

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Reflection on corruption by the Assembly of Québec Catholic Bishops

logo-aecqThe Assembly of Québec Catholic Bishops (AECQ) has published a reflection on corruption. Issued by the Conseil Église et Société (Church and Society Council) of the Bishops' Assembly, it is being issued as the Province of Quebec prepares for the publication later this year of the final report of the Charbonneau Commission. The Quebec inquiry was given full powers of inquiry by the Government of Quebec in November 2011 to investigate corruption and collusion in the construction industry with possible ties to organized crime and political parties.

Link to the document

 

The Way of the Cross: invitations to pray especially for those living in the Holy Land and in the Global South

way of the crossFor some years, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), in collaboration with the Commissariat of the Holy Land in Canada, has provided clergy and all the faithful a version of the Stations of the Cross which focuses especially on the gift of faith. Prepared for celebrations of the Way of the Cross during Lent and on Good Friday, this pastoral resource includes special prayers for peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East. Way of the Cross – Way of Faith unites us with the Church in the Holy Land in responding to the challenges of faith and peace, which Christians there are living so courageously.

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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.