Resources for 2015 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated around the world between January 18 to January 25, 2015, on the theme: Jesus said to her: "Give me a drink" (John 4:7). Printed resources in English and French can now be ordered (PDF Form) as well freely downloaded online from the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC). The theme and biblical text for the 2015 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are chosen by an international joint committee of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. National and regional councils of churches work to adapt the resources to their local context. The Canadian resources have been adapted and produced by an ecumenical Writing Team coordinated by the Canadian Council of Churches' Commission on Faith and Witness.
Link to local resources for Canada accessed at the Canadian Council of Churches website
Link to international version of the resources
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE mourns the death of former Executive Director Gabrielle Lachance (1988–1996)
Sadly the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) has announced the death of Gabrielle Lachance, former Executive Director of Development and Peace (1988 – 1996). Sociologist by training, Ms. Lachance was director of her Secular Institute of the Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate from 1968 to 1974, project director of the Quebec Institute on Research and Culture from 1980 to 1987 and president of the Catholic Bible Society (SOCABI) from 1999 to 2004. In 1996, at the end of her mandate as executive director, Ms. Lachance became an active member of DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE and continued to participate in the organization's annual fundraising and education campaigns.
Link to the Media release of CCODP
A Church in Dialogue – Towards the restoration of unity among Christians
(CCCB – Ottawa)... To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's Decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio in November, 2014, (1964-2014), the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), through its Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue, has published the following document: A Church in Dialogue: Towards the Restoration of Unity among Christians. This publication provides an in-depth presentation of the Church's commitment to ecumenical dialogue and is intended for those already involved in, and familiar with, ecumenical work. This new resource is available on the CCCB website as a downloadable PDF which can be printed and distributed without charge.
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 many people. We worry that the horror of terrorism is taking root in our soil, so long a land of peace, cooperation, and inter-cultural collaboration.
God created us to experience the fullness of life and love. This outbreak of violence contradicts God’s intention for each one of us. However, the many spontaneous acts of mutual care and watchfulness that characterized the past few days are signs that most of us, believers and non-believers, are trying to live out God’s will for a fraternal, just and peaceful society.