Media Advisory – Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Plenary AssemblyWednesday, October 13 2010
(CCCB – Ottawa)… The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will hold its annual Plenary Assembly October 25-29, 2010, at the Nav Canada Centre, Cornwall, Ontario. About 90 Bishops from across the country will gather to review pastoral activities of the past year and share their experiences and insights on the life of the Church and the major events that shape our society.
Appointed observers, invited guests of various faiths and accredited media professionals are welcome to attend the public session of the Plenary Assembly only, which is on Monday, October 25, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Relations with Muslims are at the heart of this first session. Ms. Alia Hogben, Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, will share interfaith greetings and reflections with the Bishops of Canada. The Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue, in collaboration with the National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee will also conduct pastoral animation and facilitate discussions on this theme.
In addition to reviewing the work carried out over the past year by CCCB councils, commission and committees, the Bishops will discuss a number of pastoral issues. Topics to be discussed during the working sessions include the CCCB restructuring process; the role of Bishops in life issues, and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP).
The working sessions of the Plenary will also include presentations, reflections and workshops on the theme: “Principles of evangelization in contemporary culture”. This year’s keynote speaker, the Most Reverend Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, will deliver two presentations.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada. It was founded in 1943 and officially recognized by the Holy See in 1948. After the Second Vatican Council (1962–65), the CCCB became part of a worldwide network of Episcopal Conferences, established in 1965 as an integral part of the life of the universal Church.