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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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Apostolic Administrator Appointed for the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada

baydaOttawa - Today, the Congregation for Eastern Churches announced that His Holiness Pope Francis appointed the Most Reverend Bryan Bayda C.Ss.R., as Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada while remaining Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy Saskatoon.

The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada has 55 parishes and missions, with a Catholic population of 23,700 served by 62 diocesan priests, three priests and 18 Sisters who are members of institutes of consecrated life, as well as 16 permanent deacons.

The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy Saskatoon has 69 parishes and missions, with a Catholic population of 5,800 served by 19 diocesan priests, seven priests and 15 Sisters who are members of institutes of consecrated life, as well as three permanent deacons.

 

New Bishop Appointed for Saint-Jean-Longueuil

Hamelin Claude-webOttawa – His Holiness Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., as Bishop of the Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, and today appointed his successor the Most Reverend Claude Hamelin. At the time of his appointment, Bishop Hamelin was Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil. Bishop Gendron has been the Bishop of the Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil for the past nine years. He submitted his resignation to the Holy Father upon reaching the age of 75, as required by the Code of Canon Law.

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CCCB Releases Statement on Persecuted Christians

In His Name EN FINAL cover webToday, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), through the Commission for Justice and Peace, and in consultation with Aid to the Church in Need Canada, is releasing a statement entitled In His Name: Statement on the Persecution of Christians in advance of Red Wednesday (20 November 2019), which is a day of solidarity and prayer dedicated to raising awareness about the persecution of Christians throughout the world. The information presented in the statement outlines various types of persecution experienced and the reality of individuals and communities who suffer because of their faith in Christ, most notably in countries where Christians are in the minority. Understanding that all Catholic faithful have a role to help alleviate the suffering of others, this statement offers possible suggestions of spiritual and material support for the millions of men, women and children for whom persecution is a daily reality.

Additional information : Persecuted and Forgotten: A report on Christians opressed for their faith 2017-19 (Aid to the Church in Need Canada)

 

Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle Releases Message of Support on Indigenous Languages

OLGC Indigenous Languages ENGLISH Oct 24 cover webToday, Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle released a statement entitled "Message of support from Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle on the occasion of the United Nations 2019 Year of Indigenous Languages". A Canadian Catholic coalition of Indigenous people, Bishops, clergy, members of lay movements and of men and women belonging to institutes of consecrated life, Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle seeks to renew and foster relations between the Catholic Church and Indigenous Peoples in Canada. This open Letter to all Canadians affirms the major significance of language in the revitalization of Indigenous cultures and expresses a commitment to finding ways to support this essential aspect of reconciliation. Following the conclusion of the Circle's meeting in Edmonton, Alberta, the statement and a promotional video were previewed by the community at Sacred Heart parish of the First Peoples. To view the video and download the message of support, visit Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle's website at https://ourladyofguadalupecircle.ca/. For more information, contact Tracy Blain at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Death of The Most Reverend Dorylas Moreau Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Rouyn-Noranda

moreauOttawa – The Most Reverend Dorylas Moreau, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Rouyn-Noranda, died on 22 October 2019.

Bishop Moreau was born on 15 July 1947 in Kamouraska, Québec and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière on 20 May 1972 following the completion of his theological formation at the Grand séminaire de Québec. He then pursued further studies in liturgy at the Abbaye Saint-André de Bruges in Belgium, as well as the Institut de pastorale des Domincains in Montréal. He later completed a one-year internship in Biblical studies in Jerusalem. Before being appointed Bishop, he served as the Vice Chancellor and Secretary for the Bishop of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, and also served as the head of the Diocesan service for sacramental and liturgical pastoral care and diocesan response for charismatic renewal. He likewise served as pastor for parishes within the diocese over a period of 20 years. On 30 November 2001, he was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Rouyn-Noranda and was ordained Bishop at Rouyn-Noranda on 2 March 2002. On 25 June 2019, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Moreau for health reasons.

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Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during November 2019

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 November 2019 include suggestions from the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, 3 November, to the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, 24 November. 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 November are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

 

CCCB Releases Statement on Poverty in Canada

Poverty and Affordable Housing EN cover webToday, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), through the Commission for Justice and Peace, is releasing a statement entitled Poverty in Canada: Ensuring Safe, Secure and Affordable Housing in anticipation of the Third World Day of the Poor to be held on 17 November 2019. Poverty is a serious issue not only in developing countries, but also in Canada. The statement presents a brief overview of poverty in Canada today, with a focus on the current housing crisis, and provides a short list of some key Catholic organizations engaged in the alleviation of poverty in our country. Through this statement, the Catholic Bishops of Canada call for collaboration between charitable organizations, all levels of government, and dioceses/eparchies, as well as local parishes, to support individuals who are in need.

 

2019 Message to Mark the Hindu Celebration of Deepavali

His Eminence Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, M.C.C.J., President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, has issued the annual message to mark the Hindu celebration of Deepavali, entitled "Believers: Builders of Fraternity and Peaceful Coexistence". 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 27 October.

Message of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

 

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Provides Update on the Organizational Review of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace-Caritas Canada

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is providing an update on the organizational diagnostic (review) of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace-Caritas Canada (CCODP) since the receipt of the final report prepared and delivered at the end of September 2019.

Update on the Organizational Review of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace-Caritas Canada (CCODP)

 

2019 World Mission Sunday Message

In June 2019, the Holy See released the Holy Father's Message for the 93rd World Mission Sunday, to be held on 20 October 2019. In his Message, Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World, the Holy Father writes: "Celebrating this [Extraordinary Missionary Month] will help us first to rediscover the missionary dimension of our faith in Jesus Christ, a faith graciously bestowed on us in baptism. Our filial relationship with God is not something simply private, but always in relation to the Church. Through our communion with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we, together with so many of our other brothers and sisters, are born to new life. This divine life is not a product for sale – we do not practise proselytism – but a treasure to be given, communicated and proclaimed: that is the meaning of mission."

Catholics across Canada are invited to support the mission work of the Church through their prayers and contribution to the special collection this 20 October. The distribution of the proceeds is overseen by the Canadian and international Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS), and is used for the missionary work of the Church, particularly in disadvantaged areas of the world. To learn more about the PMS, please visit www.missionsocieties.ca.

Message of Pope Francis for World Mission Sunday 2019

 

New Bishop Appointed for the Diocese of Saint John

Bishop Christian RiesbeckOttawa - His Holiness Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Robert Harris as Bishop of the Diocese of Saint John (New Brunswick), and today appointed his successor, the Most Reverend Christian Riesbeck, C.C. At the time of his appointment, Bishop Riesbeck was Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Ottawa. Bishop Harris has been the Bishop of the Diocese of Saint John for the past 12 years. He submitted his resignation to the Holy Father upon reaching the age of 75, as required by the Code of Canon Law.

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Voting as Catholics: 2019 Federal Election Guide

2019 Federal Election Guide webThe 2019 Federal Election Guide, prepared by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' (CCCB) Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace and published in the name of the Permanent Council, has been formatted for online sharing and includes hyperlinks directing the reader to further resources on various issues important to Catholics. The Guide's content offers a reflection on key ethical and moral issues that voters, especially Catholics, may want to consider.

Voting as Catholics: 2019 Federal Election Guide

 

Joint Statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Anglican Church of Canada on the Canonization of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman

cardinal-johnhenrynewman-63163 640In anticipation of the upcoming canonization of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman, to be celebrated on Sunday, 13 October 2019, in Rome, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) have issued a joint statement of thanksgiving to mark the occasion. The statement is signed by the Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and President of the CCCB, and Archbishop Linda Nicholls, Primate of the ACC.

Joint Statement on the Canonization of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman

 
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On January 13th 2010, Most Reverend Vincent Nguyen became Canada’s first Catholic Bishop of East Asian descent. He is the great-grandson of a Vietnamese Martyr.