Letter from the CCCB President to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada on assisted suicide
Further to the ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada this past February 6, the Catholic Bishops of Canada welcomed the announcement you made in media interviews last month when you said that the federal government will soon reveal details of its public consultations regarding new legislation on assisted suicide. More recently, my brother Bishops and I also noted media reports a few weeks ago which quoted you as saying that the consultation, "while not formally announced, has begun."
Salt + Light TV presents series of videos for World Meeting of Families 2015
In preparation for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, September 22 to 27, 2015, Salt + Light TV has produced a series of videos on how family life and the lives of the Saints and Blesseds are inter-related, and these have special importance for the Church as well as for today's families. Each presentation is approximately five minutes long, and provides a short biography on the life of each Saint or Blessed as well as a testimony to their journey of faith. To date, Salt + Light has completed 12 videos, some of which are available in four languages -- English, French, Chinese and Spanish. The goal for these resources is to spread the word about the World Meeting of Families to a wide audience.
Link to the list on the CCCB Website
Link to the PDF version of the list with a short description
Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during June 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 June 2015 include suggestions from the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, June 7, to the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 28. 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 June are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".
CNEWA launches emergency Middle East campaign to aid Christians
The Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) is appealing "to Canadians to continue their support for families fleeing the barbaric violence perpetrated by ISIS and the unresolved Syrian civil war." Among the millions affected are the once vibrant Christian communities of Syria and Iraq, which may for the first time in 2000 years be forced from their homeland. In 2014, Canadians donated more than $1 million to CNEWA in order to support the peoples and Churches of the Middle East. Along with this Canadian contribution, an additional $6 million in donations was made to CNEWA globally to aid struggling Christians during 2015. To mark the papal agency's 10th anniversary in Canada this year, the Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa and Chair of CNEWA Canada, has published a message encouraging support for its mission.
Link to the message of Archbishop Prendergast
Link to the news release