CCCB issues appeal for mercy, compassion and justice in the Middle East and throughout the world
The Executive Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued an appeal "for mercy, compassion and justice in the Middle East and throughout the world". The text was approved at the Executive's meeting earlier this week on August 25, 2014. In its message, the Executive states: "As followers of the Crucified One, we recognize particularly in the Middle East the sufferings of our own brothers and sisters in faith. Moved by their pains and afflictions, we make their cause our own. We are united with them in solidarity and faith." Read more.
Crisis in Iraq: Pope Francis writes to UN General Secretary, and Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue issues statement
The Holy See's Press Office released on August 13, 2014, a letter from the Holy Father to the General Secretary of the United Nations, His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, with an urgent appeal to the international community to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway in Northern Iraq. In his letter, Pope Francis condemns the violence and encourages "all the competent organs of the United Nations, in particular those responsible for security, peace, humanitarian law and assistance to refugees, to continue their efforts in accordance with the Preamble and relevant Articles of the United Nations Charter."
The day before, on August 12, 2014, the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue issued a statement condemning the "dramatic plight of Christians, Yezidis and other religious communities and ethnic minorities in Iraq", and while also insisting "religious leaders must not fail to stress that the support, funding and arming of terrorism is morally reprehensible."
Emergency and reconstruction projects in the Middle East sponsored by Canadian Catholic agencies
In response to needs for emergency assistance and reconstruction in the Middle East, three Canadian Catholic agencies are collecting funds for the suffering people of Iraq, Gaza and Syria: the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP), CNEWA Canada, and Aid to the Church in Need. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and Canadian dioceses are encouraging Catholics to support the three agencies in their work. The CCCB has prepared a summary of related projects and activities in which the agencies are engaged. In addition, the CCCB is encouraging Canadian Catholics to use and share information on the Middle East that is regularly provided by Caritas Internationalis.
CCCB and Canadian dioceses respond to Middle East crises
Following the appeal by Pope Francis on August 7, 2014, and his Angelus message of July 20, the Holy See's Secretariat of State has transmitted an urgent message to the world's Catholic Bishops. In a letter received on August 8 by the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Bishops of Canada and their local Churches were invited "to unite with the Holy Father in steadfast prayer to invoke the gift of peace from the Holy Spirit." Read more.
Statement by Cardinal Collins
His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, on August 7, 2014, issued a statement on the situation of Christians in Iraq who are being persecuted. The same day, His Beatitude Louis Raphael Sako, the Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon, issued an SOS to the international community.
How can we respond to the situation in the Middle East?
All of us, together with Pope Francis, are following with deep concern the dramatic news reports coming from Iraq, Gaza and Syria. Defenseless populations, including our Christian brothers and sisters, flee from their homes, in urgent need for protection, food, shelter and medical assistance. In solidarity with their sufferings, and in communion with the whole Church, let us, in the words of the Holy Father, “raise up with one voice a ceaseless prayer, imploring the Holy Spirit to send the gift of peace" to the Middle East.
Each parish in our diocese is invited for the coming weeks to include in the prayers of the faithful the following intention: That the Holy Spirit inspire Canadians and the international community to protect all those affected or threatened by violence in the Middle East, to be with them in solidarity and concern, and to offer them assistance and aid.
You are also encouraged to join with Christians and others in urging your Member of Parliament to encourage the Government of Canada to do even more for the Middle East -- by providing Canadian emergency and reconstruction assistance, by making it easier for our country to accept refugees, by participating in international efforts to foster justice and peace in the region, and by insisting on respect for freedom of conscience and religion, as well as respect for the rights of minorities.
Three Canadian Catholic agencies are fundraising for the suffering people of the Middle East. These are the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, CNEWA Canada, and Aid to the Church in Need – Canada. Catholics are encouraged if possible to support all three agencies in their work. We wish to particularly highlight the good work of CNEWA in response to the recent crisis and encourage the faithful to support its charitable appeal.
Further information on the situation in the Middle East is regularly provided by Caritas Internationalis, which is the Church’s international network of over 160 national Catholic charities, serving poor people, of all faiths, all over the world. Up-to-date reports on the Middle East are provided on its website in English, and in French.
Mags, the Canadian pop artist who fights suffering with music
With two albums released, this 19 year old artist sees her music as a way of finding God. View this video clip.
CCCB President sends condolences to the Holy Father
2014 Pastoral appointments
The Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, SJ, Archbishop of Ottawa, announces the following appointments which become effective on August 1st, 2014, unless indicated otherwise. Also, consult the additional pastoral appointments, which also become effective on August 1, 2014.
Wedding anniversary Mass photos available for download online
Photos from this year’s Wedding Anniversary Mass, taken by Heribert Riesbeck are available to download on Flickr. Simply click on the photo of you and your spouse with Archbishop Prendergast and at the right of the screen, click on the three dots - … (More Actions) and select “Download/All sizes”. Select “Original” and click on “download”. From there, you can either directly save the photo or open and then save it. If you experience any difficulty downloading the photo to your computer, please feel free to contact our Communications Officer, Sarah Du Broy, who would be pleased to assist you, either by phone: 613-738-5025, ext. 238 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.