CCCB news

The CCCB is the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada.
  1. The Holy See has announced the decision by Pope Francis to insert the celebration of Saint Paul VI, Pope, into the General Roman Calendar. The decision by the Holy Father to make this an annual optional memorial was announced on 6 February 2019. As indicated in the Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (Prot. N. 29/19) dated 25 January 2019, the optional memorial is observed annually on 29 May, the anniversary date of his priestly ordination in 1920, given that 6 August, the day of his birth to eternal life, is the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.

    Decree in Latin
    Decree in English
    Commentary by His Eminence Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
    Relevant liturgical texts in Latin

  2. The 27th World Day of the Sick will be celebrated, as it is every year, on 11 February, the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Holy See has released the Holy Father's Message which is entitled "You received without payment; give without payment." (Mt 10:8). In his Message, Pope Francis writes "Life is a gift from God. Saint Paul asks: "What do you have that you did not receive?" (1 Cor 4:7). Precisely because it is a gift, human life cannot be reduced to a personal possession or private property, especially in the light of medical and biotechnological advances that could tempt us to manipulate the "tree of life" (cf. Gen 3:24)."

    Message of the Holy Father

    Link to a text on the World Day of the Sick by Dr. Moira McQueen of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute

  3. bertheletOttawa – The Most Reverend Jacques Berthelet, C.S.V., Bishop Emeritus of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, died on 25 January 2019 at the age of 84. After 24 years serving the Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, first as Auxiliary Bishop (1986-1996) then as Bishop (1996-2010), he had submitted his resignation to the Holy Father upon reaching the age of 75, as required by the Code of Canon Law, and which was accepted on 28 October 2010.

    Bishop Berthelet was born on 24 October 1934 in Montréal, Québec. He entered the Clerics of St. Viator in 1957 in Montréal. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Montréal in 1957, followed by a Bachelor of Theology from the Scolasticat Saint-Charles de Joliette at the University of Montréal in 1962. Bishop Berthelet was ordained to the priesthood on 16 June 1962 by the Most Reverend Léo Blais in Montréal, Québec. He subsequently completed two additional academic degrees obtaining a Bachelor of Education in Pedagogical Studies from the University of Montréal in 1963 and a Licenciate in Theology from the University of Fribourg in Fribourg, Switzerland in 1964.

  4. ARC New Stories to Tell January2019 cover webThe Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue (ARC) has released a new resource entitled New Stories to Tell: Living Ecumenism Today. The resource is testimonial in nature, offering examples from across Canada where Anglican and Catholics have come together in cooperation and dialogue. A total of 17 testimonials address a wide variety of common issues. Four of the testimonials have been translated into French as they come from Francophone communities in Canada. The resource is well suited for parish settings, and especially for joint study and reflection groups of Anglican and Roman Catholic faithful. The dialogue is sponsored by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC). Resources published by ARC are available on the following website: .

    New Stories to Tell: Living Ecumenism Today

  5. Early bird registration ends 5 March 2019

    The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, through the Episcopal Commission for Evangelization and Catechesis, is hosting the 2019 National Conference on Evangelization and Catechesis on 4-6 April 2019, at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel - Ottawa Airport. The theme of the conference, He Thirsts for You, is inspired by John 4: 4-26 – The Woman at the Well.

    Highlights of the Conference include an opening play, He Thirsts for You, written and performed by Catholic playwright Elisa Lollino, as well as the following keynote speakers: the Most Reverend William McGrattan, Father Ron Rolheiser, O.M.I., and Dr. Josephine Lombardi.Additionally, each participant will have the opportunity to choose four workshops on a variety of topics related to evangelization and catechesis.Simultaneous interpretation from English to French will be available during all keynote speeches.

    For more information, please consult the conference flyer and the workshop descriptions. To register, you can download the registration form and mail it in. For those who would prefer to register online, we have also prepared a link to EventBrite which allows for payment by credit card.

    If you have any other questions regarding the 2019 National Conference, please contact Mrs. Marg Shea-Lawrence by email ( or by telephone (613-241-9461 ext. 109).

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