CCCB Delegation is in Rome for the Conference’s Annual Visit

Tuesday, December 03 2013

cecccccb(CCCB-Ottawa)…A delegation from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is currently in Rome, December 3 to 13, 2013, for the annual meetings with the offices of the Holy See. Normally,  the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and CCCB President, would be leading the Canadian delegation, which also includes the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and CCCB Vice President, and Msgr. Patrick Powers, P.H., CCCB General Secretary. Unfortunately, because of a minor temporary health problem, Archbishop Durocher is not able to participate in this year’s visit. The Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueil and CCCB Co-Treasurer, will instead be part of this year’s delegation, thus ensuring it includes representation from the French Sector of the Conference. During their visit, they will be received by Pope Francis in a private audience.

While in Rome, the delegation will meet with more than a dozen dicasteries of the Holy See as well as  with  Canadians working there, in addition to  visiting the offices of Caritas Internationalis and  Vatican Radio.

The  dicasteries with which the CCCB delegation will meet this year include the Secretariat of State,  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Congregation for Bishops, Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Congregation for Catholic Education, Congregation for Clergy, Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life,  Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the Pontifical Council for Culture, and the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”.

During the private audience with the Holy Father, the CCCB delegation, on behalf of the President, will discuss how, in light of the Apostolic Exhortation last week, Pope Francis sees the role and responsibilities of Episcopal Conferences around the world. They will also be asking him of any specific ways in which the Bishops of Canada might assist him, as well as discuss the preparations for the upcoming Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on “The Pastoral Challenges for the Family in the Context of Evangelization”.