CCCB marks 70th anniversary of Canadian Council of Churches by presenting photograph of Pope Francis meeting CCC General Secretary

Friday, May 23, 2014

CCC 70th Anniversary 2014During the Governing Board meeting of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) held in Ottawa, May 14-16, 2014, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) commemorated the 70th anniversary of the CCC by presenting its President Lieutenant-Colonel Jim Champ a framed picture of CCC General Secretary the Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton meeting Pope Francis at celebrations in Rome marking the 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Accompanying the picture was a message by the CCCB President, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau, who wrote: “This gift is in recognition of our journeying as pilgrims side by side, and a pledge to continue walking together. It is in celebration of the contributions by the Council of Churches in helping Canadians deepen their understanding of the possibilities and challenges for Christian unity. Moreover, it expresses the hope that our efforts in common will be a sign of God’s Reign, and a means for our world to discover the ‘radiant peace of God’s face’.” The message and gift were presented by the Most Reverend Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B., Bishop of London, and the Most Reverend Noël Simard, Bishop of Valleyfield, both representing the CCCB on the CCC Governing Board. The CCCB became a full member of the CCC in 1998.

Link to the message of Archbishop Durocher for the 70th anniversary (PDF)

Link to the website of the CCC