2019 Annual Visit of the Presidency of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to the Holy See

Thursday, December 05 2019

Ottawa – The annual visit of the Presidency of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) to the Holy See will take place from 9-20 December 2019. This year’s delegation includes the Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and CCCB President, the Most Reverend Raymond Poisson, Bishop of Saint-Jérôme and CCCB Vice President, and Monsignor Frank Leo, Jr., CCCB General Secretary. A highlight of their visit will be a private audience with His Holiness Pope Francis on 12 December.

During the visit, the delegation will meet with numerous dicasteries (administrative departments) of the Holy See including its Secretariat of State, the Congregation for Bishops, the Congregation for Catholic Education, the Congregation for the Clergy, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the Dicastery for Communication, the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops. Likewise, the CCCB delegation will meet with representatives of the Centre for Child Protection, Caritas Internationalis, the Délégation du Québec in Rome, as well as the Embassy of Canada to the Holy See.

The annual visit of the CCCB Presidency is an opportunity to provide the Holy Father and his collaborators information about the work of the Bishops of Canada and developments in the Church. The delegation will discuss the principal activities of the CCCB concerning questions of faith and doctrine, culture, ethical and moral issues, social justice, ecumenism and interreligious dialogue, clergy and consecrated life, and catechesis and evangelization.