Links to CCODP website on the launch of its 2013 fall campaign

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

OCCDP_lancement_30_sept_2013The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) has launched its 2013 fall education and action campaign, entitled “A voice for justice”. The campaign is in solidarity with the concerns of the Church and its Bishops in the Global South over international mining operations, many of which involve Canadian mining interests. Three Bishops — from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Peru, and the Philippines – have been visiting Canada to share their countries’ experiences. The visit has involved four venues: presentations to the 2013 Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops; a day of reflection in Montreal; a news conference; and visits to a number of Canadian dioceses.

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The following Canadian Bishops participated in the day of reflection at the CCODP offices in Montreal on Saturday, September 28: the President of the CCCB, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau; CCCB Co-Treasurer the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil; the Most Reverend Albert LeGatt, Archbishop of Saint-Boniface; and the Chairman and two other members of the CCCB Commission for Justice and Peace — the Most Reverend François Lapierre, P.M.É., Bishop of Saint-Hyacinthe; the Most Reverend Donald Bolen, Bishop of Saskatoon; and the Most Reverend Noël Simard, Bishop of Valleyfield. The Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal, was the presider with the visiting Bishops and CCCB representatives at a celebration of the Sunday Mass at Montreal’s Cathedral Basilica, Marie-Reine-du-Monde. The Secretary of the CCCB Commission for Justice and Peace, Dr. Patrick Fletcher, and the Director of CCCB Media Relations, Mr. René Laprise, also participated in the weekend events, as well the President of the CCODP National Council, Mr. Pat Kennedy, and a number of Development and Peace staff.

Background information on the campaign, as well as videos from the news conference, are available on the Development and Peace website.