CCCB news

The CCCB is the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada.
  1. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is providing an update on the organizational diagnostic (review) of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace-Caritas Canada (CCODP) since the receipt of the final report prepared and delivered at the end of September 2019.

    Update on the Organizational Review of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace-Caritas Canada (CCODP)

  2. In June 2019, the Holy See released the Holy Father's Message for the 93rd World Mission Sunday, to be held on 20 October 2019. In his Message, Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World, the Holy Father writes: "Celebrating this [Extraordinary Missionary Month] will help us first to rediscover the missionary dimension of our faith in Jesus Christ, a faith graciously bestowed on us in baptism. Our filial relationship with God is not something simply private, but always in relation to the Church. Through our communion with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we, together with so many of our other brothers and sisters, are born to new life. This divine life is not a product for sale – we do not practise proselytism – but a treasure to be given, communicated and proclaimed: that is the meaning of mission."

    Catholics across Canada are invited to support the mission work of the Church through their prayers and contribution to the special collection this 20 October. The distribution of the proceeds is overseen by the Canadian and international Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS), and is used for the missionary work of the Church, particularly in disadvantaged areas of the world. To learn more about the PMS, please visit

    Message of Pope Francis for World Mission Sunday 2019

  3. Bishop Christian RiesbeckOttawa - His Holiness Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Robert Harris as Bishop of the Diocese of Saint John (New Brunswick), and today appointed his successor, the Most Reverend Christian Riesbeck, C.C. At the time of his appointment, Bishop Riesbeck was Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Ottawa. Bishop Harris has been the Bishop of the Diocese of Saint John for the past 12 years. He submitted his resignation to the Holy Father upon reaching the age of 75, as required by the Code of Canon Law.

  4. 2019 Federal Election Guide webThe 2019 Federal Election Guide, prepared by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' (CCCB) Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace and published in the name of the Permanent Council, has been formatted for online sharing and includes hyperlinks directing the reader to further resources on various issues important to Catholics. The Guide's content offers a reflection on key ethical and moral issues that voters, especially Catholics, may want to consider.

    Voting as Catholics: 2019 Federal Election Guide

  5. cardinal-johnhenrynewman-63163 640In anticipation of the upcoming canonization of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman, to be celebrated on Sunday, 13 October 2019, in Rome, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) have issued a joint statement of thanksgiving to mark the occasion. The statement is signed by the Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and President of the CCCB, and Archbishop Linda Nicholls, Primate of the ACC.

    Joint Statement on the Canonization of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman

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