Message for 2015 World Tourism Day
The 2015 World Tourism Day will be celebrated this September 27. The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples has released its annual Message, on the theme One billion tourists, one billion opportunities. The Pontifical Council states that "we are in a phase of change in which the way of moving is changing and consequently the experience of traveling as well. Those who go to countries different from their own do so with the more or less conscious desire to reawaken the most hidden part of themselves through encounter, sharing and confrontation. More and more, a tourist is in search of direct contact with what is different in its extra-ordinariness."
Link to the Message (PDF)
CCCB Standing Committee on Development and Peace / CCODP Standing Liaison Committee
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) Standing Liaison Committee and the Standing Committee for Development and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) held their latest joint meeting on June 18, 2015, at the CCCB Offices in Ottawa, ON. The CCCB Standing Committee advises the Conference on Development and Peace plans and activities, as well as facilitates communication and collaboration between the CCCB and CCODP.
Pope Francis appoints Cardinal Collins to Congregation for the Oriental Churches
On June 27, 2015, the Holy Father appointed His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, as a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. Cardinal Collins is also a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and the Commission of Cardinals overseeing the Institute for the Works of Religion.
Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during July 2015
The 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 July 2015 include suggestions from the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 5, to the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 26. 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 July are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".