CCCB To Participate in Meeting on Climate Change Organized by the World Council of Churches

Wednesday, November 30 2005

 Mgr Bertrand Blanchet
Archbishop Bertrand Blanchet

(CCCB – Ottawa)… Most Reverend Bertrand Blanchet, Archbishop of Rimouski, will represent the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) at a meeting convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC) to be held in conjunction with the 11th United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place in Montreal until 9 December.

A biologist by training and a member of the CCCB Episcopal Commission for Social Affairs, Archbishop Blanchet is ideally suited to represent the Canadian Episcopal Conference at this event.

Archbishop Blanchet will also participate in an “inter-religious celebration” being held 4 December at Saint Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal. This ceremony, on the theme Call of the Earth, is organized by the WCC and members of Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist communities in the Montreal area in collaboration with Équiterre and Greenpeace.

The celebration seeks to demonstrate a renewed commitment to care for God’s creation in solidarity with victims of climate changes. It will include presentations by members of the various religious confessions, expressed through music, poetry, theatre, dance and giant screen projections. More than 1000 people are expected to attend the event.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has often voiced its concerns about environmental issues. Recently in a pastoral letter, its President, Most Reverend André Gaumond, joined other Canadian Christian leaders to protest the privatization of access to water and to call for action to ensure that water remains under public control. In October 2003, the CCCB Episcopal Commission for Social Affairs published a pastoral letter on ecology inspired by the Bible and social, theological, and sacramental traditions of the Church.

The WCC brings together more than 340 Churches, denominations and Church fellowships from over 100 countries and territories throughout the world, representing some 400 million Christians and including most of the Orthodox Churches, many Churches of the Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed traditions, as well as many United and independent Churches and ecclesial communities.

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