(CCCB – Ottawa)... To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's Decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio in November, 2014, (1964-2014), the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), through its Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue, has published the following document: A Church in Dialogue: Towards the Restoration of Unity among Christians. This publication provides an in-depth presentation of the Church's commitment to ecumenical dialogue and is intended for those already involved in, and familiar with, ecumenical work. This new resource is available on the CCCB website as a downloadable PDF which can be printed and distributed without charge.
This is a time of profound national sadness for all Canadians. The recent acts of violence in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, have touched the hearts of many people. We worry that the horror of terrorism is taking root in our soil, so long a land of peace, cooperation, and inter-cultural collaboration.
God created us to experience the fullness of life and love. This outbreak of violence contradicts God’s intention for each one of us. However, the many spontaneous acts of mutual care and watchfulness that characterized the past few days are signs that most of us, believers and non-believers, are trying to live out God’s will for a fraternal, just and peaceful society.
Msgr. Roch Pagé, P.H., Judicial Vicar of the Canadian Appel Tribunal, has received the prestigious Role of Law Award of the Canon Law Society of America (CLSA) for his outstanding example in the furtherance of Church Law as a pastoral means of serving God's people". The honour was conferred on October 15, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri, during their annual convention.
As part of the national pastoral initiative for life and family, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is again posting possible homily ideas and prayers of the faithful to help link the Sunday liturgy with the national pastoral initiative for life and family. In order to help families and parishes, the proposed texts for each Sunday of the month of November 2014 include suggestions from the Sunday of the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (November 2) to the First Sunday of Advent (November 30), including the Solemnity of Christ the King (November 23). As usual, these 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 November are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".
The Synod Commission in charge of the concluding pastoral message has released the Final Message on October 18, 2014, at end of the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. The President of the Commission was His Eminence Gianfranco Cardinal Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture. There were seven other members on the Commission for the pastoral message, including the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference Catholic Bishops (CCCB).
Link to Message of the Synod Assembly to the families
Link to the interview of Archbishop Durocher with KTO-TV (in French only)
His Eminence Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, has issued his annual message to mark the Hindu celebration of Deepavali. The text is entitled Christians and Hindus: Together to foster a culture of "inclusion". Deepavali (also called Diwali) celebrates the victory of truth over falsehood, light over darkness, life over death, good over evil. The celebrations last three days and mark the beginning of a new year, a time for family reconciliation, especially among brothers and sisters, and adoration of the Divine. The date for the feast can vary. Hindu communities in Canada begin their celebrations of Deepavali this year on October 22.
Link to the Message
The Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences is holding, from October 15 to 17, 2014, in Rome, an International Congress on the theme "Useless Slaughter: Catholics and the Holy See in the First World War". Organized in collaboration with the Hungarian Academy in Rome and the Commission Internationale d'histoire et d'études du christianisme, the congress is offering "the opportunity to review the historiography with particular attention to the commitment of Catholics and the Holy See in the conflict."
Link to the program (In Italian only)
The Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has recorded the following message while in Rome as a member of the Synod of Bishops on the Family until October 19, 2014. The production of this video has been possible thanks to the collaboration of Communications et Société, Salt + Light Television, and the Catholic News Service (CNS).
The Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has been appointed to the Commission that will prepare the pastoral message which will be issued at end of the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. It has been the practice for a brief pastoral message to be issued to the Church about the experience of the Synod as it concludes.
In response to the outbreaks of the Ebola virus in West Africa, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, as well as Aid for the Church in Need – Canada, are involved in fundraising projects to help those coping with the disease. Both organizations welcome financial contributions to assist in their efforts.
In a video message released October 6, 2014, Pope Francis reiterated his support for the Caritas Internationalis campaign on world hunger, launched last December. The Holy Father encourages "the faithful to participate in Caritas' Food for All campaign and raise a voice for the hungry, particularly during the Week of Action in October." The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) is responding to the Pope's call by organizing a week of action, October 12 to 18, 2014, as part of the Caritas Internationalis global campaign to end world hunger. The Development and Peace education and action campaign Sow Much Love focuses particularly on the role of small family farmers in fighting world hunger, and calls on all Canadians to protect the rights of farmers to save and use seeds.
Link to Pope Francis' video message
Link to the resources for the 2014 fall campaign of CCODP
Link to the campaign of Caritas Internationalis
Salt + Light TV is offering special daily coverage of the Synod on the Family, including a special program. Inside the Synod offers reports by a team of journalists from Salt + Light who have been authorized to be present in the Synod room during its sessions. The Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, was interviewed in French and English following his intervention to the Synod. He can also be followed on his personal blog.