World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, September 2015
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia held a news conference on March 7, 2014, to announce that a delegation led by the Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia, will go to Rome, March 24 to 26, 2014, in view of the upcoming World Meeting of Families. In addition to meeting with various offices of Holy See, including the Pontifical Council for Families, the delegation will be received by Pope Francis in a private audience. The members of the delegation will take the opportunity to address their hope to the Holy Father that he attends the event in Philadelphia. Pope Benedict XVI had confirmed in February 2013 that the Eighth World Meeting of Families will take place September 22 to 27, 2015, in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The previous World Meeting of Families was hold in Milan during 2012. The home page of the CCCB website, under the section Quick Links, provides a link to the official website of the 2015 World Meeting of Families. Over the coming months, the CCCB will make more information available about this important event for families and Church in Canada.
Link to the Media Release
Holy Father’s Message for Lent: an invitation to bear witness to all those who live in material, moral and spiritual destitution
In his Message on the theme "He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich (cf. 2 Corinthians 8:9)", Pope Francis hopes "this Lenten season find[s] the whole Church ready to bear witness to all those who live in material, moral and spiritual destitution the Gospel message of the merciful love of God our Father, who is ready to embrace everyone in Christ. We can do this to the extent that we imitate Christ who became poor and enriched us by his poverty. Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty."
Link to the Message
Development and Peace celebrates the national launch of its 2014 Share Lent campaign with the support of the Diocese of Hamilton
Today, Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) officially launched its Share Lent campaign from Hamilton with the participation of the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and Vice President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). Bishop Crosby was also accompanied by a special guest of Development and Peace, Father Hagos Hayesh, C.M., General Secretary of the Episcopal Conference of Ethiopia and of Caritas Ethiopia, together with the President of the CCODP National Council, Mr. Patrick Kennedy. The theme of the 2014 annual campaign is linked with the new campaign of Caritas Internationalis: "One human family, food for all". The worldwide campaign was announced by Pope Francis in December 2013.
Link to the media release regarding the launch of the 2014 Share Lent campaign
Message by CCCB President for the 2014 Share Lent campaign
Lent is a time for transformation, inviting us to look at our own lives and to make changes that bring us closer to God. As we draw closer to God, acting for the good of others, especially the impoverished, becomes ever more natural to us. Thus the call to "repent and believe the Gospel," is not only a personal one but a collective one as well. It is a call to the whole human family.