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."
Focusing on Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and Canada, the letter calls attention to issues which the Catholic Bishops of Canada have recently been discussing. Archbishop Durocher concludes his letter by offering the prayers and sympathies of the Bishops following the funeral for the Honourable Jim Flaherty on April 16 and the deaths of the five young people in Calgary who were murdered during the early morning of April 15.