New Canadian Ambassador to Holy See presents credentials to Pope Francis
The Honorable Dennis Savoie, the new Canadian Ambassador to the Holy See, presented his Credentials to the Holy Father on December 15, 2014, which marks the beginning of his four-year appointment. Originally from New Brunswick, Mr. Savoie was actively involved for many years with the Knight of Columbus, and represented the Supreme Council on the Board of the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF). He succeeds Ms. Anne Leahy whose appointment ended in September 2012.
Link to the report on the Vatican Information Website
Development and Peace elects new members to its national Executive Committee and its Standing Liaison Committee with the CCCB
During its last National Council meeting, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) elected the members of its Executive Committee, as well as of its Standing Liaison Committee which regularly meets with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). The newly elected CCODP President is Mr. Ray Temmerman from Manitoba. He succeeds Mr. Pat Kennedy from Newfoundland/Labrador.
Link to the CCODP media release
New Website on "Faith in the Public Square"
Following a symposium in August 2014, co-hosted by the Archdiocese of Toronto and St. Augustine's Seminary on the theme "Faith in the Public Square", a new Website has been launched at www.faithinthepublicsquare.com. The new Website includes the video archives of the symposium's key guest speakers, as well as written testimonies from the participants. The symposium was part of a year-long series of celebrations marking the centenary of St. Augustine's Seminary, Toronto.
National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples
On December 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Church in Canada celebrates the National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. This project, with the approval of the Bishops of Canada, has been coordinated since 2002 by the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council (CCAC). "This year and next, as we join our Bishops in reflecting on the pastoral challenges for the family and its needs and role in evangelization, the members of the CCAC wish to honour elders who helped them develop their own faith."
Link to the 2014 Message