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gendronBest wishes...

At Christmas and New Year's, we enjoy sharing our very best wishes with those we love. Along with "Merry Christmas!" and "Happy New Year!", one of the greetings we so often hear and repeat is "I wish you good health! It's so important!" Without denying the importance of good health, I would like to journey with you to discover the source of the Word of God, that which is truly most essential for the human heart.

Last Updated on Wednesday, December 20 2017

CCCB President sends letter of condolences and prayers following shootings in Texas

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The President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, has written to His Eminence Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, following the shootings in the First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs,Texas, this past Sunday, 5 November 2017. To date 26 people have died and at least another 20 were wounded; a number of the victims were children. The small Texas community is in the Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio. Earlier this week Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Holy See’s Secretary of State, conveyed the condolences of Pope Francis, and Cardinal DiNardo as well as a number of other US Bishops sent messages and prayers to the local community and the members of the First Baptist Church.

Last Updated on Wednesday, November 08 2017

Interfaith letter to Minister of Justice concerning clause 14 of Bill C-51

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Over 60 faith leaders and organizations in Canada have signed a letter addressed to The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, concerning the removal of section 176 from the Criminal Code of Canada, as proposed under Clause 14 of Bill C-51, "An Act to Amend the Criminal Code and the Department of Justice Act and to Make Consequential Amendments to Another Act". The interfaith letter was co-authored by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and the Association for Reformed Political Action. Representatives from a variety of faith traditions have endorsed the letter, including from the Sikh, Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Buddhist traditions.

Last Updated on Tuesday, November 07 2017

CCCB President writes to the President of Florida’s Catholic Bishops following Hurricane Irma

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crosbyThe Most Rev. Thomas G. Wenski
Archbishop of Miami
President, Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops

Your Excellency,

I am writing to assure you of my prayers, and those of the Bishops of Canada, for the people of the State of Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which has caused extensive damage, including the loss of several lives.

Last Updated on Wednesday, September 13 2017

CCCB President writes to the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops following Hurricane Harvey

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Your Eminence,

Everyone in Canada has been following with great concern the news reports of the devastating flooding and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey to the City of Houston and your Archdiocese, as well as throughout Southeast Texas and parts of Louisiana.

Last Updated on Tuesday, September 05 2017
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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.