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Aid to the Church in Need offers a Way of the Cross for Syria

The Catholic international charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) offers on its website a Way of the Cross in solidarity with the people of Syria. For each of the 14 Stations of the Cross, ACN offers a short prayer to highlight the suffering and the challenges facing the country's Christians who are among the many victims of a civil war that has now lasted four years.

Link to the ACN's Way of the Cross

 

April 2, Canada’s "Pope John Paul II Day"

jp2 feature creditApril 2, the day of the death of Saint John Paul II, is civilly recognized in Canada as "Pope John Paul II Day". The Parliament of Canada last year passed Bill C-266 which received Royal Assent on December 16, 2014, recognizing Saint John Paul II as a champion of human dignity and freedom. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) joins all Canadians in honouring the memory of Pope John Paul II and celebrating this exceptional human being.

To mark the day, the Diocese of Hamilton has prepared a special web page designed to promote and celebrate this commemorative day. For social media, a Facebook page is also available at this address: https://www.facebook.com/JPIIDayinCanada.

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Humanitarian crisis in Syria: ‘Giving Hope through Solidarity 2011-2015’

devpeace syria 4years report page 01It has been four years since the beginning of the civil war in Syria. This humanitarian crisis now affects more than 12 million people, not counting the 3.5 million Syrian refugees who have fled mostly to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) has contributed more than $13 million to projects for Syria, including funds from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. In a special report entitled "Crisis in Syria: Giving Hope through Solidarity", CCODP outlines the projects it has supported since 2012, directly helping 80,000 families through its Caritas network partners in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.

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2015 Message to mark the Jain feast of Mahavir Jayanti

The President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, His Eminence Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran, has released the Pontifical Council's annual message for the Jain feast of Mahavir Jayanti, celebrated this year on April 2. The message is entitled "Christians and Jains: Together to promote care for the elderly". The Jain feast commemorates the anniversary of the birth of Tirthankara Vardhaman Mahavir, who is reverenced as the 24th and last reformer or Tirthankara of Jainism.

Link to the Message (PDF)

 

Salt + Light TV special schedule for Holy Week and Easter

SL logo EN HighRes RGBThe Canadian Catholic television channel Salt + Light TV has arranged a special programming schedule for Holy Week and Easter, March 29 to April 5, 2015, covering the celebrations by Pope Francis in Rome. Beginning on April 1, a link to the special programming will be accessible on the home page of the website of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Link to the special broadcasting schedule

 

Communiqué from the Archbishop of Montreal on Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte's Health

turcotteToday, the Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal, has released a statement concerning the health of His Eminence Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop Emeritus of Montreal.

Link to the statement

 

Prayer cards for the Beatification of Elisabeth Turgeon

Elisabeth TurgeonServant of God Elisabeth Turgeon, founder of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, will be beatified in Rimouski this coming April 26. CCCB Publications is now accepting pre-publication orders for prayer cards being published by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. These are available in either English or French. Pre-orders for the prayer cards can be placed with CCCB Publications by e-mail, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; by phone, 1-800-769-1147; or by fax, 613-241-5090.

Link to the description of the prayer cards in English

Link to the description of the prayer cards in French

 

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

lifeandfamilyTo assist in preparations for Holy Week and the celebrations of Easter, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) again posts 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 April 2015 include suggestions from the Resurrection of the Lord (Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday), April 4 and 5, to the 4TH Sunday of Easter, April 26. In addition, it includes suggestions for the Thursday of the Lord's Supper and the Friday of the Passion of the Lord. 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 April are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

 

Message for Holy Week and Easter 2015 by CCCB President

cecccccb"Choose life!" This is God's plea to his people, a plea which echoed in our churches during the first week of Lent as a few lines of the book of Deuteronomy were proclaimed (30.19). Isn't it surprising to hear God plead with his people, beg them, implore them to make this choice? Perhaps God has to plead with us because the choice is neither evident nor easy. However, it is always crucial.

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Preparatory catechesis now available for 2015 World Meeting of Families

WMF 2015 CatechesisIn preparation for the 8th World Meeting of Families to be held 22 to 27 September 2015 in Philadelphia, a new catechetical resource is now available. The Pontifical Council for the Family with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has published a catechesis entitled "Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive – A preparatory catechesis for the World Meeting of Families". The resource has been developed to assist in preparing dioceses throughout the world and to serve as a guide for the World Meeting itself. The booklet is available in several languages including English and French. It can be ordered in print or electronic formats in Canada on the website www.amazon.ca, from local bookstores, by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or by visiting the website https://www1.lightningsource.com/contactUs.aspx

 

CBC French-language service televises Mass highlighting ‘Solidarity Sunday’ organized by Development and Peace

champagneThe March 22, 2015, broadcast of the French-language TV program Le Jour du Seigneur on Radio-Canada (CBC's French-language service) focused on "Solidarity Sunday". This annual celebration on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, in most Canadian parishes, highlights the Share Lent collection for the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP). The Most Reverend Claude Champagne, O.M.I., Bishop of Edmundston, presided at the televised Mass. For several years, he was one of two Bishops appointed by the Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops (CCCB) to the National Council of Development and Peace. As agreed by the CCCB and Development and Peace, the role and responsibilities of the two Bishops on the National Council have been replaced and enlarged by the CCCB Standing Committee for Development and Peace, which meets regularly with the CCODP Standing Liaison Committee.

Link to the video archives of the program (in French only)

 

Holy See Permanent Observer to UN speaks on the status of women in the world

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 promotion of inclusive and equitable economies to advance the status of women in the world during the 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. In his address Archbishop Auza refers to how fragile family structures and the decline of marriage among the poor are closely linked to poverty among women. The Permanent Observer made his intervention on March 18, 2015.

Link to the Statement

 

Founder of L’Arche receives renowned international award

Mr. Jean Vanier has received the 2015 Templeton Prize. This renowned international distinction was "for his innovative discovery of the central role of vulnerable people in the creation of a more just, inclusive and humane society".

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