Appointment of a new Bishop for Whitehorse
(CCCB – Ottawa)... His Holiness Pope Francis today named the Reverend Héctor Felipe Vila as Bishop of the Diocese of Whitehorse. At the time of his appointment, he was Rector of Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Toronto. Bishop-elect Vila succeeds the Most Reverend Gary Gordon who was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Victoria on June 14, 2014. Bishop Gordon had served as Apostolic Administrator of Whitehorse until he was installed as Bishop of Victoria on August 28, 2014. Since then, the Reverend Kieran Kilcommons, M.H.A., has been Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Whitehorse.
First national bilateral Catholic-Jewish Dialogue launched
Ottawa, ON – Today, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus (CRC) convened the first national, bilateral dialogue between Catholics and Jews in Canada.
The organizations launched this initiative as part of a joint celebration of the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the Declaration issued by the Second Vatican Council which rejected antisemitism and underscored the importance of the Jewish roots of Christianity. The first dialogue session involved a combination of clergy and scholars, with six-person delegations from each faith community. Themes addressed included the substantial role of Nostra Aetate in transforming Catholic perceptions of the Jewish community, the deep significance of the State of Israel to the Jewish people, and the importance of acknowledging painful history while embracing mutual respect and working together to build a common future.
Bishop Crosby’s interview with Salt + Light on the consecrated life
The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), was interviewed by Deacon Pedro Guevara Mann on November 13, 2015, as part of Salt + Light TV's series "Perspectives". Bishop Crosby speaks about belonging to the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and on the significance of being a missionary Bishop, as well as on the importance of religious communities being present in the Diocese of Hamilton.
Link to Perspectives
Letter from the CCCB President to the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change
I would like to congratulate you on your appointment as Minister for the Environment and Climate Change. On behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Canada, I assure you of our prayers and our earnest hope to be able to collaborate with you and with all the Government of Canada.
Link to the letter (PDF)