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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.

What's New

Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christus vivit Now Available for Pre-Ordering

Christus vivit cover ENCCCB Publications can now accept pre-orders of the new Apostolic Exhortation Christus vivit by telephone (1-800-769-1147) and by
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The printed copies cost $15.95 and will be available in a few weeks, following which you will also be able to place an order online.

 

Fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris – Letter to the Archbishop of Paris

A letter from the Most Rev. Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) addressed to His Excellency the Most Rev. Michel Aupetit, Archbishop of Paris, conveying the sympathies and prayers of the Bishops of Canada following the fire that occurred yesterday, Monday 15 April 2019, and devastated the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

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Salt + Light TV special schedule for Holy Week and Easter

SL Easter 2019 webThe Canadian Catholic television channel Salt + Light TV has arranged a special programming schedule for Holy Week and Easter, 14 to 21 April 2019, covering the celebrations by Pope Francis in Rome. In addition, from 14 April until 13 May 2019, Salt + Light TV will be available through a free preview. Check with local television providers for more details.

Link to the Salt + Light broadcasting schedule

 

Coadjutor Archbishop Appointed for Halifax-Yarmouth

dunn 150x154His Holiness Pope Francis today named the Most Reverend Brian Dunn, currently Bishop of Antigonish, as Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth. As Coadjutor Archbishop, he will assist the current Archbishop of Halifax-Yarmouth, the Most Reverend Anthony Mancini, and succeed Archbishop Mancini when he eventually resigns and his resignation is accepted by the Holy Father. In accordance with the Code of Canon Law, this usually happens once a Bishop reaches 75 years old.

Bishop Dunn was born on 8 January 1955 in St. John's, Newfoundland. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from King's College as well as a Master of Divinity from the University of Western Ontario. He was ordained to the priesthood on 28 August 1980 for the Diocese of Grand Falls where he served as pastor and in a number of other responsibilities, including Vice-Chancellor and Chancellor. In 1991, he obtained a Doctorate in Canon Law from Saint Paul University (Ottawa) and soon after became a lecturer in the Diploma Program for Theology and Ministry at the Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, Nova Scotia (1992-1999). Beginning in 2002, he served on the faculty at St. Peter's Seminary in London, Ontario and became Dean of Studies at the seminary until 2008. During this same time period, Bishop Dunn also served as a Lecturer with the Faculty of Canon Law at Saint Paul University (2003-2004 & 2007). He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Sault Ste-Marie on 16 July 2008 and consecrated on 9 October 2008. He was appointed Bishop of Antigonish on 21 November 2009 and installed on 25 January 2010.

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The Canadian Rabbinic Caucus and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Hold Biannual Dialogue Meeting in Toronto

CCCB-CRC Dialogue April2019 webToronto – The national bilateral dialogue of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus met for its biannual meeting 8-9 April 2019, hosted at Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto. The dialogue continued its work on the Jewish and Catholic approaches to praying with and understanding the Psalms, with presentations and discussions specifically on Psalm 130. The dialogue members also reflected on contemporary issues taking place in Canada and elsewhere, including challenges and questions surrounding religious symbols in Québec in relation to Bill 21 and the worrisome rise of antisemitism in the world. With the gracious hospitality of Holy Blossom Temple, the dialogue coordinated a public event on the evening of 8 April exploring the theme of Redemption in the Jewish and Catholic traditions through film, music, and sacred study. The evening included a screening of the film Babette's Feast, a follow-up reflection to the film by both faith communities, and a wonderful musical performance by the Temple Emanu-EL Choir and Holy Blossom Temple Singers, entitled "Fierce as the Sea." The morning of 9 April, the Catholic and Jewish members engaged in a rich theological reflection on their respective teachings and perspectives on Redemption through presentation and discussion.

The next meeting of the national bilateral dialogue of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and Canadian Rabbinic Caucus is scheduled for December 2019.

 

2019 Easter Message

gendron 120x151Christ is Risen! Alleluia!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Risen Christ.

On 21-24 February 2019, I attended a Meeting on the Protection of Minors in Rome which was called for by Pope Francis for all of the Presidents of Bishops' Conferences across the world. It was likewise suggested that prior to the event, the Bishops could meet with persons who had been abused by clergy. Some asked to meet with me here in Canada and others in Rome. I thanked all of them wholeheartedly for their stories. I was deeply moved at hearing their pain and how it continues to affect their lives, their familes and their communities. Their suffering reflects the mystery of the Cross of Christ that makes itself present today in many varied ways.

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Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christus vivit Released

holy father francisOn Tuesday 2 April 2019, the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christus vivit ("Christ Lives"), addressed to young people and the entire People of God, was published. The Holy Father explains that the document was prepared drawing inspiration from the "wealth of reflections and conversations of the Synod" (n. 4) on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment held in October 2018. With the opening lines of the Exhortation, "Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world. The very first words, then, that I would like to say to every young Christian are these: Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive!" (n. 1), the Pope's reflection calls on youth to recognize and embrace God's love and their special role in the Church. "The Church needs your momentum, your intuitions, your faith... And when you arrive where we have not yet reached, have the patience to wait for us" (n. 299).

The Apostolic Exhortation is currently available online from the Holy See. CCCB Publications will have printed copies of the document available for sale in a few weeks with more information on how to pre-order a copy coming soon.

 

World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2019

The Church will mark the 56th World Day of Prayer for Vocations on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, 12 May 2019. The Holy Father has released a Message entitled "The courage to take a risk for God's promise", which is available on the Holy See's website. In his message, Pope Francis reminds us that: "Embracing this promise naturally demands the courage to risk making a decision. The first disciples, called by Jesus to be part of something greater, 'immediately left their nets and followed him' (Mk 1:18). Responding to the Lord's call involves putting ourselves on the line and facing a great challenge. It means being ready to leave behind whatever would keep us tied to our little boat and prevent us from making a definitive choice. We are called to be bold and decisive in seeking God's plan for our lives. Gazing out at the vast 'ocean' of vocation, we cannot remain content to repair our nets on the boat that gives us security, but must trust instead in the Lord's promise."

Link to the Holy Father's Message

 

Statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace – Caritas Canada

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace – Caritas Canada (CCODP) released a joint statement in anticipation for the Share Lent collection in parishes across Canada this coming Fifth Sunday of Lent, 7 April 2019. The statement provides an update on the ongoing review of a number of partner organizations of the CCODP.

Statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace – Caritas Canada

 

New Archbishop appointed for Kingston

mulhallOttawa – His Holiness Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Brendan O'Brien as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kingston, and today appointed his successor the Most Reverend Michael Mulhall. At the time of his appointment, Bishop Mulhall was Bishop of the Diocese of Pembroke. Archbishop O'Brien has been the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kingston for the past 12 years. He submitted his resignation to the Holy Father upon reaching the age of 75, as required by the Code of Canon Law.

Bishop Mulhall was born in Peterborough, Ontario, on 25 February 1962. He attended Trent University in Peterborough from which he obtained a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Philosophical Studies, followed by a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Peterborough on 21 July 1989. He then completed additional studies at the Patristic Institute Augustinianum, while following the formation program at the North American College, both of which were in Rome. After serving in pastoral ministry in the Diocese of Peterborough from 1991 to 1994, he served from 1994 to 2002 as an official of the Holy See in the Congregation for Oriental Churches. After returning to Canada in 2002, he again served in the Diocese of Peterborough as pastor, as well as Chancellor for Spiritual Affairs (2003-2007) and Vicar General (2004-2007). On 30 June 2007, he was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Pembroke and ordained Bishop at Pembroke on 21 September 2007. As a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Bishop Mulhall currently serves as a member of the Orthodox-Catholic Bishops' Dialogue as well as a member of the Episcopal Commission for Doctrine.

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Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during April 2019

lifeandfamily-2016The 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 April 2019 include suggestions from the 5th Sunday of Lent, 7 April to the 2nd Sunday of Easter (or of Divine Mercy), 28 April. 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 December are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

 

Canadian priest appointed to the Personal Ordinariate in Australia

Reid Carl March2019 webToday, the Holy Father has appointed Reverend Carl Reid as Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross (Australia), following the resignation of Reverend Monsignor Harry Entwistle in conformity with the Code of Canon Law.

At the time of his appointment, Father Reid was a priest of the Personal Ordinariate of The Chair of St. Peter (U.S.A. and Canada). Previously, he served as pastor of Blessed John Henry Newman Ordinariate Community in Victoria (British Columbia), and was Dean of the Ordinariate communities in Canada. He will be installed as Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross on Tuesday 27 August, 2019 at the Cathedral of St. Mary's in the Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia.

What is a Personal Ordinariate?
A Personal Ordinariate is a canonical jurisdiction composed of clergy and lay faithful under the direction of an Ordinary who is equivalent in authority to a Bishop. The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross and the Personal Ordinariate of The Chair of St. Peter are composed of former members of the Anglican Church, both laity and clergy, who have entered as a group into full communion with the Catholic Church. These Personal Ordinariates are part of the Latin Catholic Church but maintain distinctive elements of their Anglican theological, spiritual and liturgical patrimony.

 

Statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Following the Violence at Two Mosques in New Zealand

On behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Canada, I wish to extend to you our deepest condolences and assure you of our solidarity and support during this terrifying time. On the evening of 14 March, we learned about the horrendous shootings which took place at both Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque, in Christchurch New Zealand, during Friday prayer, a time of worship and peace disrupted by violence and hate. We are horrified that the attack injured and killed so many people, and left behind a feeling of fear and uncertainty in your homes and places of worship. For Canadians, and especially Muslim Canadians, this act of horrific violence is a painful reminder to the shooting which took place 29 January 2017 at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec, in Canada.

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On January 13th 2010, Most Reverend Vincent Nguyen became Canada’s first Catholic Bishop of East Asian descent. He is the great-grandson of a Vietnamese Martyr.