On April 27, 2014, the Canadian Catholic television channel Salt + Light TV will broadcast live from Saint Peter's Square, Rome, the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. This historic event can be watched at the following hours (Eastern Time): live on April 27 at 3:30 am (English), with repeats on April 27 at 9:00 am (English), 2:30 pm (French), and 10:00 pm (English), and on April 28 at 2:00 am (English).
Link to Salt + Light TV
To mark the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, CCCB Publications is offering two full-colour prayer cards which are available in both official languages. The prayer cards can be ordered online or by phone at 1-800-769-1147.
Link for the prayer card of John XXIII
Link for the prayer card of John Paul II
The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) has released on its website its annual message for the National March for Life, to be held this year in Ottawa on May 8, 2014. Entitled "Abortion: The Big Lie", the message reflects on how women who have had abortions can "silently suffer physical, psychological and spiritual injuries that will plague them for the remainder of their lives."
Link to COLF's Message
On Holy Thursday, April 17, 2014, in preparation for Passover and Easter, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), wrote Prime Minister Stephen Harper about a number of CCCB concerns on "issues and places where humanity is suffering and at risk". In his introduction, Archbishop Durocher notes that "our times are filled with serious challenges, including the economy, employment, the environment, the rights of Indigenous Peoples, and personal and national security." "These issues," the President continues, "have profound impact on our human life and dignity, and are all the more complex by being so intertwined, not only with each other but also with their underlying moral and spiritual dimensions."
The 29th World Youth Day was celebrated on Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, April 13, 2014, both in Rome and in dioceses around the world. The Message by the Holy Father was on the theme "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5.3). During the Mass in Saint Peter's Square, the Pope announced that Blessed John Paul II, who will be canonized this coming April 27, will be the patron saint for World Youth Days. Pope Francis also confirmed that he will meet with Asian youth on August 15, 2014, as part of his apostolic visit to South Korea.
Link to the Holy Father's Message
Life is stronger than death! This is the fundamental conviction of my Christian faith. It is based on a fact: Jesus' disciples were radically transformed only a few days after his death.
Let's put ourselves in their place. The one in whom they had hoped has died, and his death was shameful. Accused of encouraging revolt against the government, Jesus was tortured, publicly humiliated, and crucified like a most vile criminal. A phrase from the Jewish Scriptures must have haunted them: "Anyone hung on a tree is under God's curse" (Deuteronomy 21.23).
On Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), the Canadian Catholic television channel Salt + Light TV will feature the premiere of its new documentary on the Holy Father, titled The Francis Effect. The documentary includes interviews with a number of Bishops, including His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto.
Link to watch a preview of the documentary
Catholic News Service (CNS) has issued a news story on the recent International Conference on Combatting Human Trafficking: Church and Law Enforcement in Partnership, which was held in Vatican City, April 9-10, 2014. The Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), participated in the meeting which brought together representatives of the Church and of police services from around the world. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police were represented by Inspector Andre Gauthier from its International Liaison Coordination Center - Human Smuggling Project Investigations.
The American current affairs program "60 Minutes" on CBS News which aired Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014, provides a special report on the "Francis effect" on the papal ministry. This segment on Pope Francis after his first year in the Petrine office includes an extensive interview with His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of the Church in Canada.
Part I of the special report
Part II of the special report
The joint appeal by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has now raised $11,991, 932 as of March 31, 2014. The joint appeal was launched November 12, 2013. In addition to the contributions by dioceses, the Government of Canada announced April 3 it will provide CCODP with $2 million in matching contributions to help up to 6,840 people in the Samar province of the Philippines. In a second news release the same day, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that individual Canadians contributed over $85 million in eligible donations which the Government of Canada will match through its Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.
Link to the Development and Peace Website
The Catholic Connection in Restorative Justice (CCinRJ) Network will hold its first conference September 19-21, 2014, at the Chateau Mont-Sainte-Anne, Beaupré (east of Quebec City). The theme will be: A passion for compassion - A dialogue of the Catholic family on restorative justice ministry in Canada.
More information on this conference
The Canadian Catholic television channel Salt + Light TV has arranged a special programming schedule for Holy Week and Easter, April 13 to 20, 2014, covering the celebrations by Pope Francis in Rome. A link to the special programming is accessible on the home page of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops website.
Link to the special broadcasting schedule