Supporting Christians in the Holy Land at heart of visit by CCCB President

Thursday, January 10 2008

From 11 to 17 January, a delegation from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), on the invitation of the Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land, will be joining other Bishops from the United States and Europe for an update on the continuing difficult situation in the Middle East.

Most Reverend V. James Weisgerber, Archbishop of Winnipeg and President of the CCCB, will participate for the first time in this annual meeting.

(CECC – Ottawa)… A delegation from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), on the invitation of the Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land, will be joining other Bishops from the United States and Europe for an update on the continuing difficult situation in the Middle East.

Most Reverend V. James Weisgerber, Archbishop of Winnipeg and President of the CCCB, will participate for the first time in this annual meeting, which is intended to support Christians in the Holy Land and to support possible solutions to particular problems in the region.

For the first time since 1998, this meeting will involve two different sessions.  First, from 11 to 15 January, Archbishop Weisgerber will be in Jerusalem, accompanied by CCCB General Secretary Msgr. Mario Paquette, P.H., where it is possible the group will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Then, the participants will go to Rome, 16 and 17 January, to continue their discussions, this time with representatives of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, the office responsible for Vatican relations with other world states. This special meeting is possible because the Bishops of the Holy Land this month are scheduled to begin their ad limina visit, which the Catholic Bishops of each country normally make every five years.