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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops 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), it became part of a worldwide network of Episcopal Conferences, established in 1965, as an integral part of the life of the universal Church.

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2018 National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

CACC Message 2015On 12 December, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Church in Canada celebrates the National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. This project, with the approval of the Bishops of Canada, has been coordinated since 2002 by the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council (formerly the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council). This year, the reflection by the Council draws on the theme explored during the recent Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment and its connection to traditional Indigenous spiritualties. "...that for young people to achieve their potential, to become prophets of the future that God has made them to be, they are in need of the dreams of their Elders, of the prophets who have gone before them."

2018 message of the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council

 

Diocese of Moosonee united with Diocese of Hearst – appointment of Most Rev. Robert Bourgon as Bishop of Hearst-Moosonee

bourgonToday, 3 December 2018, His Holiness Pope Francis united the Diocese of Moosonee with the Diocese of Hearst and appointed the Most Reverend Robert Bourgon Bishop of the new Diocese of Hearst-Moosonee. At the time of this new appointment, Bishop Bourgon was both the Bishop of the Diocese of Hearst and the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Moosonee to which he had been named by Pope Francis on 25 April 2016.

The former Diocese of Moosonee has 14 parishes and missions, with a Catholic population of 3,830 served by five priests who are members of institutes of consecrated life. The former Diocese of Hearst has 18 parishes and missions, with a Catholic population of 20,045 served by 21 diocesan priests, two permanent deacons, and three religious Sisters.

 

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Sends Delegation to Rome for Annual Visit

holy seeOttawa – A delegation from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will be in Rome from 3-14 December 2018 for the annual visit of its Presidency with a number of dicasteries of the Holy See. The Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and CCCB President will lead the delegation which also includes The Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and CCCB Vice President, and Monsignor Frank Leo, Jr., CCCB General Secretary. A highlight of the visit will be a private audience with Pope Francis on 6 December.

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Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during December 2018

lifeandfamily-2016The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) continues to post possible homily ideas and prayers of the faithful to help link the Sunday liturgy with the national pastoral initiative for life and family. The proposed texts for the month of December 2018 include suggestions from the 1st Sunday in Advent, 2 December, to the Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God, 1 January 2019. As usual, the suggestions for homilies and prayers can be easily adapted for family prayer, as well as for personal prayer or for use with other groups or organizations. The texts for the month of December are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

 

Joint statement from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace – Caritas Canada

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace – Caritas Canada (CCODP) released a joint statement in light of a recent news article containing unauthorized and incomplete information regarding the ongoing joint review of a number of Development and Peace's international partners. The information was obtained without the consent of either the CCCB or the CCODP. The joint statement was prepared to highlight the shared concern by both the CCCB and CCODP that the premature publication of information risks undermining the joint process, the results of the review prior to its completion, and inaccurately casting a negative or false light on all involved.

Joint statement from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace – Caritas Canada

 

2018 Message to mark the Sikh celebration of Guru Nanak Prakash Diwas

The Most Reverend Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, MCCJ, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, has issued a message to mark the birthday of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. The text is entitled Christians and Sikhs: To promote a culture of tenderness. This year's celebration is being held today, 23 November.

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Resources for 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

WPCU-logo 150x130The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated 18 to 25 January 2019 on the theme "Justice and only justice you shall pursue" (Deuteronomy 16:18-20). The resources in English and in French can be freely downloaded from the Canadian website for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme and biblical texts for this annual Week of Prayer are jointly prepared by the Holy See's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches. The thematic introduction to the 2019 materials comes from Churches in Indonesia. National and regional Councils of Churches adapt the resources for their local context. The resources for Canada are produced by an ecumenical writing team coordinated by the Commission on Faith and Witness of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism in Montreal and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism in Saskatoon. The CCCB is a member of the CCC and is also represented on its Canadian writing team for the Week of Prayer.

Link to Canadian resources
Link to international version of the resources

 

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and The Canadian Rabbinic Caucus hold biannual dialogue meeting in Ottawa

CCCB CRC Nov18 image1Ottawa – The national bilateral dialogue of the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops met for its biannual meeting 13-14 November 2018 at the Dominican University College in Ottawa. The dialogue members reviewed and reflected on the recently released book entitled "Cast Out of the Covenant: Jews and Anti-Judaism in the Gospel of John" published by Dr. Adele Reinhartz, a member of the dialogue and Professor of Classics and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts, at the University of Ottawa. Furthermore, the dialogue continued in its work on the Jewish and Catholic approaches to praying with and understanding the Psalms looking specifically at Psalms 115-116, which, in the Jewish tradition, comprise part of the Hallel set of prayers that are recited on joyous occasions.

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Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Expresses Solidarity and Support to the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua

The Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, wrote a letter on behalf of the Bishops of Canada to the President of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua conveying solidarity and support in light of recent violence within the country.

"We all wish for you to know that we are in solidarity with you and to assure you of the fervent prayers of the Bishops and faithful of Canada for a speedy, peaceful, and just resolution of the societal malaise and disorder currently afflicting Nicaraguan society."

Letter from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua

 

Bells of Peace: A Remembrance of Those Who Served in the First World War

Bells of Peace Cloches de la paix 2018The Royal Canadian Legion has invited faith groups across the country to take part in a unique remembrance initiative to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of Armistice which ended the First World War. With this initiative, entitled Bells of Peace: A Remembrance of Those Who Served in the First World War, the Legion is inviting churches and houses of worship equipped with bells to toll them 100 times at sunset on November 11, 2018. The ringing is meant to prompt a moment of silence and reflection on the loss of life and suffering caused by war.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is pleased to share information on the Royal Canadian Legion's Bells of Peace initiative, as well as a commemorative document, which features correspondence, statements, and other texts from diocesan archives on the pastoral support offered by Bishops across the country to those who served in the First World War.

Bells of Peace: A Remembrance of Those Who Served in the First World War

Diocesan archival material – Pastoral support by Bishops and Canadian dioceses during the First World War (English and French)

 

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Welcomes the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation

OCRCgroupOct2018Ottawa – The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation recently met in Mississauga, Ontario, 25-27 October 2018. The Consultation, founded in 1965, is sponsored by the Committee for Ecumenical Relations of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). To date, the Consultation has published numerous papers and responses on a wide variety of theological and pastoral issues affecting Catholic-Orthodox relations. Since 1997, when the CCCB became a sponsoring body to the Consultation, the group's meetings are hosted in Canada every five years.

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The members of Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle reconfirm the mission statement at the 19-20 October 2018 meeting

OLGC logo 2018Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle held its biannual meeting in Ottawa on 19 and 20 October 2018. The meeting included a guided retreat session, whereby members discussed, reflected and prayed on the mission, identity and purpose of the Circle. The members reiterated and reconfirmed the Mission Statement and the core purposes of the Circle, agreeing to give priority to creating spaces of dialogue between Catholic and Indigenous spiritualties, educating and providing formation for its own members on Indigenous cultural and spiritual practices in Canada, and serving as a catalyst for encounter and dialogue within the Catholic Church and in Canadian society at large on Indigenous questions.

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2018 Message to mark the Hindu celebration of Deepavali

The Most Reverend Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, MCCJ, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, has issued the annual message to mark the Hindu celebration of Deepavali. The text is entitled "Christians and Hindus: In Defence of the Vulnerable of Society". Deepavali (also called Diwali) celebrates the victory of truth over falsehood, light over darkness, life over death, good over evil. The celebrations last three days and mark the beginning of a new year, a time for family reconciliation, especially among brothers and sisters, and adoration of the Divine. The date for the feast can vary. Hindu communities in Canada begin their celebrations of Deepavali this year on 7 November.

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Canada’s oldest diocese, the Archdiocese of Quebec, was established in 1674. Most Reverend François de Laval was its first Bishop.