CCCB Delegation Begins Annual Visit to Rome

Monday, November 17 2003

(CCCB-Ottawa) A delegation from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) began its annual visit to Rome today for meetings with officials from the Holy See.

The group is led by the newly elected CCCB President Archbishop Brendan O’Brien, of Saint John’s. Accompanying him are CCCB Vice President Archbishop André Gaumond of Sherbrooke, General Secretary Msgr. Peter Schonenbach, P.H., and General Secretary-elect Msgr. Mario Paquette, P.H.

While in Rome, they will meet with various officials from the Curia, including the Secretariat of State, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Congregation for Bishops, Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Congregation for Catholic Education, Congregation for the Clergy, Pontifical Council for the Laity, Pontifical Council for the Family, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue.

The visit, which will run until November 26, is expected to include an audience with the Holy Father. These meetings permit open exchanges on a regular basis between the Canadian episcopal conference and the Roman Curia regarding common projects, preoccupations and challenges for the Catholic Church both in Canada and around the world.

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