Intervention of Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino; Reflections on Canadian ‘peripheries’ in the light of Evangelii Gaudium; and on the importance of ecumenical dialogue
(CCCB – Ottawa)... The second day of the Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) was marked by the visit of His Eminence Jaime Lucas Cardinal Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana, Cuba. The Cardinal addressed the Plenary Assembly on "The "social and ecclesial challenges to evangelization and pastoral conversion". In the afternoon, the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace reflected on Canadian "peripheries" in the light of the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium by Pope Francis. The session of pastoral animation was led by the Most Reverend Don Bolen, Bishop of Saskatoon and a member of the Commission. Other members of the Commission who participated in the panel were the Most Reverend Anthony Mancini, Archbishop of Halifax-Yarmouth and CCCB Co-Treasurer; the Most Reverend François Lapierre, P.M.E., Bishop of Saint-Hyacinthe and Commission Chairman; and the Most Reverend Noël Simard, Bishop of Valleyfield.
Bishops of Canada receive President’s report, Reflect on the Synod on the Family in the presence of the New Apostolic Nuncio, and launch a new Lectionary
(CCCB – Ottawa)... On the opening day of its annual Plenary Assembly, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed the Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, who was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Canada by Pope Francis on December 18, 2013. The Bishops also received a report from the CCCB President, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher and heard two addresses by the Secretary of the Holy See's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Most Reverend Arthur Roche. Archbishop Roche's presentation marked the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium. The annual Plenary Assembly, 15-19 September 2014, is taking place at the Château Mont-Sainte-Anne, Beaupré, east of Quebec City, in the Archdiocese of Québec, near the national Shrine of Saint Anne.
Fraternal greetings in Jesus Christ from the Catholic Bishops of Canada to Pope Francis
We are gathered this week in Plenary Assembly in Beaupré, near the national Shrine of Saint Anne, where we will celebrate the Eucharist on Thursday with the pilgrims who will be present. Yesterday, with Their Eminences Jaime Lucas Cardinal Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana – your Special Envoy – and Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix – Primate of Canada – we joined the Archdiocese of Québec in joyfully celebrating the 350th anniversary of the canonical erection of the first Catholic parish in North America outside the Spanish territories of the time. This anniversary is particularly significant for us as we continue to be challenged and reinvigorated by the opportunities for evangelizing our country and modern society.
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2014 CCCB Plenary - WELCOME MESSAGE OF THE PRESIDENT
Dear brother Bishops and special guests,
Welcome to the 2014 Plenary Assembly! We are meeting in Beaupré, Québec, to be close to the September 14 celebrations by the Archdiocese of Québec of the 350th anniversary of the canonical erection of the first parish in North America outside Spanish territories. Beaupré is home to the national Shrine of Saint Anne de Beaupré, where we will gather later this week. Like some of you, I have been honoured to preach the preparatory novena before the feast of Saint Anne in this Basilica, and have seen firsthand the importance of popular piety in nourishing the faith of many. Saint Anne's is a centre of pilgrimage for Indigenous Peoples together with all the faithful from Quebec, all of Canada and throughout North America. In honouring the grandmother of Jesus and the mother of Mary, whom tradition names Anne, we are reminded that the Gospel becomes alive when God's Word is written in human stories.