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Decrees, Statements, Letters, Briefs

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) releases numerous official documents every year. Some are under the form of decrees, while others are public statements, pastoral letters, or briefs. Only a few documents published before 1996 are available online.

List of official documents by the CCCB in chronological order

Christmas Message 2020


Monday, December 21 2020

Dear Friends, We approach the celebration of Christmas this year with some important new realities that are very present to us. There is our experience of a world pandemic over the past nine months, an unprecedented period of uncertainty and hardship that we have never experienced before. There is the…

CCCB President Signs Joint Statement in Support of Artsakh


Monday, November 30 2020

The Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has signed a Joint Statement with the Most Reverend Mikael Mouradian, Eparchial Bishop for the Catholic Armenians in Canada and the United States and the Most Reverend Abgar Hovakimyan, Primate of the…

Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on Bill C-7


Wednesday, November 18 2020

The Catholic Bishops of Canada remain steadfastly opposed to Bill C-7 that further expands euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada, which the government and courts have euphemistically called “medical assistance in dying” (“MAID”). We also remain deeply troubled and perplexed that the Federal Government chose not to appeal the Quebec…

Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on Bill C-7


Thursday, November 12 2020

The Catholic Bishops of Canada remain steadfastly opposed to Bill C-7 that further expands euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada, which the government and courts have euphemistically called “medical assistance in dying” (“MAID”). We also remain deeply troubled and perplexed that the Federal Government chose not to appeal the Quebec…

CCCB Releases Statement in Response to the Re-tabling of Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying)


Tuesday, October 20 2020

Ottawa – With the approval of the Executive Committee, the Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), signed a statement on behalf of the Bishops of Canada expressing their opposition to the re-tabling of Bill C-7, An Act to amend…

Letter of Sympathy and Prayers from CCCB President Following the Fire at the Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples in Edmonton


Thursday, September 10 2020

The Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has written to the Most Rev. Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton, expressing his sorrow following the fire at the Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples in Edmonton. Link to the letter