Letter from His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk on the dangerous situation in Ukraine
His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of the sui juris Ukrainian Catholic Church, has issued a public letter on the dangerous situation in Ukraine. The letter is addressed to Conferences of Bishops throughout the world, as well as to the world's religious and political leaders, in addition to all people of good will. Calling on "the effective support of the global Christian community and support of all people of good will,"His Beatitude states: "The tragedy that Ukraine is experiencing today, due to military aggression, is a tragedy for all peoples, believers of all faiths, and all social groups."
Link to the letter of His Beatitude, in English only (PDF)
CCCB President sends condolences to the Holy Father
The Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has conveyed to Pope Francis the condolences and prayers of all the Bishops of Canada following the tragic death of three members of his family in a traffic accident in Argentina. Mrs. Valeria Carmona, wife of the Pope's nephew Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio, and their two young sons, José and Antonio, were both killed. The Holy Father's 38-year-old nephew (the son of the Pope's late brother Alberto) is currently in critical condition in hospital.
Link to the letter of Archbishop Durocher (PDF)
CCODP delegation to Philippines: visit of Tacloban City and Palo
Dr. Patrick Fletcher, Senior Advisor for Theology and Social Doctrine with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has sent a description of a visit on August 19, 2014, by the Development and Peace delegation to Tacloban City and Palo in Leyte province. The delegation is in the Philippines, August 16 - 26, visiting projects supported by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) in communities that had been severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda.
Link to the report (PDF)
Archbishop Miller and Bishop Plouffe visit the Philippines with Development and Peace delegation
A delegation of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) August 16 - 26, 2014, is visiting projects supported by CCODP in Philippine communities that had been severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. The delegation includes: the Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, C.S.B., Archbishop of Vancouver; the Most Reverend Jean-Louis Plouffe, Bishop of Sault Ste. Marie; Mr. Pat Kennedy, President of the National Council of Development and Peace; Mr. Arthur Peters, Executive Director of Share Life of the Archdiocese of Toronto; Mrs. Fran Lucas, National Chairperson of Community Life of the Catholic Women's League of Canada; Sister Nida Fe Chavez, General Treasurer of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Toronto; and Dr. Patrick Fletcher, Senior Advisor for Theology and Social Doctrine with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). The group is accompanied by three staff from Development and Peace: Executive Director Mr. Michael Casey; Programs Officer Mr. Jess Agustin; and Communications Officer Ms. Kelly Di Domenico.
Link to the CCODP Media release
Report from Dr. Patrick Fletcher about a visit to a CCODP partner helping to organize a Philippine community of residents who have been living in shanties (PDF)