Development and Peace launches 2013 fall education campaign

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

CCODP_2013_Fall_Campaign_enYesterday in Montreal, September 30, 2013, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) launched its fall education campaign on the theme A Voice for Justice. The news  conference announcing the campaign  involved three  Bishops from the Global South, together with the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Catholic Bishops of Canada (CCCB), and the Most Reverend Donald Bolen, Bishop of Saskatoon and a member of the CCCB Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace.  The guest Bishops were the Most Reverend Pedro Ricardo Barreto Jimeno, S.J., Archbishop of Huancayo, Peru; the Most Reverend José Salmorin Bantolo, Bishop of Masbate, Philippines; and the Most Reverend Nicholas Djomo Lola, Bishop of Tshumbe and President of the Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Session_de_DP_dialogue_sur_les_mines-evequesThe Bishops from the Global South are visiting Canada as part of the CCODP fall education campaign. Last week, the three Bishops had also been invited to address the Bishops of Canada during their Plenary Assembly in Saint-Adèle, Quebec, on their concerns about international mining operations.

On Saturday, September 28, the visiting Bishops participated in a special day of dialogue and reflection with a number of Canadian Bishops at the offices of Development and Peace. The Bishops from Canada who were part of the reflection were CCCB President Archbishop Durocher; the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and CCCB Co-Treasurer; the Most Reverend Albert LeGatt, Archbishop of Saint-Boniface; the Most Reverend François Lapierre, P.M.É., Bishop of Saint-Hyacinthe and Chairman of the  Commission for Justice and Peace; the Most Reverend Noël Simard, Bishop of Valleyfield; and Bishop Bolen. Bishop Simard is also a member of of the CCCB Commission for Justice and Peace. Also participating in the day of reflection were Dr. Patrick Fletcher, CCCB Senior Advisor for Theology and Social Doctrine; and Mr. René Laprise, CCCB Director of Media Relations.

Session_de_DP_dialogue_sur_les_mines-Mgr_BolenFollowing the presentations of the Bishops from the Global South, Bishop Bolen presented the principal points of the recent text by the Commission, Building a New Culture – Central Themes in Recent Church Teaching on the Environment. The day ended with the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist at Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral Basilica, presided by the Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montréal.