Statement by the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
This is a time of profound national sadness for all Canadians. The recent acts of violence in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, have touched the hearts of manypeople. We worry that the horror of terrorism is taking root in our soil, so long aland of peace, cooperation, and inter-cultural collaboration.
God created us to experience the fullness of life and love. This outbreak ofviolence contradicts God’s intention for each one of us. However, the manyspontaneous acts of mutual care and watchfulness that characterized the pastfew days are signs that most of us, believers and non-believers, are trying tolive out God’s will for a fraternal, just and peaceful society.
The Judicial Vicar of the Canadian Appel Tribunal receives a Canon Law Award
Msgr. Roch Pagé, P.H., Judicial Vicar of the Canadian Appel Tribunal, has received the prestigious Role of Law Award of the Canon Law Society of America (CLSA) for his outstanding example in the furtherance of Church Law as a pastoral means of serving God's people". The honour was conferred on October 15, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri, during their annual convention.
Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during November 2014
As part of the national pastoral initiative for life and family, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is again posting possible homily ideas and prayers of the faithful to help link the Sunday liturgy with the national pastoral initiative for life and family. In order to help families and parishes, the proposed texts for each Sunday of the month of November 2014 include suggestions from the Sunday of the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (November 2) to the First Sunday of Advent (November 30), including the Solemnity of Christ the King (November 23). As usual, these 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".
Concluding pastoral message of the 2014 Synod on the Family
The Synod Commission in charge of the concluding pastoral message has released the Final Message on October 18, 2014, at end of the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. The President of the Commission was His Eminence Gianfranco Cardinal Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture. There were seven other members on the Commission for the pastoral message, including the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference Catholic Bishops (CCCB).
Link to Message of the Synod Assembly to the families
Link to the interview of Archbishop Durocher with KTO-TV (in French only)