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Plénière 2015 originaux 040(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will hold its annual Plenary Assembly, 26-30 September 2016, at the Nav Canada Centre, Cornwall, Ontario, in the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall. The meeting will be chaired by the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and CCCB President. Part of the 2016 Plenary agenda is dedicated to a reflection on the impact of Bill C-14 which legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia in Canada. The guest speaker for this reflection will be His Eminence Willem Cardinal Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, Holland, a moral theologian, medical ethicist and physician who will share on Holland's experiences with legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia. Later in the week, to mark the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Bishops will gather at Sainte-Croix Church in Cornwall for a pilgrimage to the Holy Door of Mercy including Benediction and Vespers on September 28 at 7:00 p.m.

The Bishops will likewise discuss the commemoration of the 5th centenary of the Protestant Reformation, as well as the commitments made by Catholic parties in response to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue and the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace will respectively lead workshops on these two issues. Following a presentation by Father Michael Czerny, S.J., a Canadian Jesuit working at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the Bishops will reflect on Laudato Si', the Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis on care for our common home. There will be a reflection on Amoris Laetitia, the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on love in the family. In addition, they will receive a presentation on the upcoming celebrations in 2017 of the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace -- Caritas Canada, as well as information on the current situation in the Middle East and the resettlement of refugees.

In addition to reviewing pastoral initiatives and receiving annual reports from the Conference's national and sectoral Commissions as well as its Standing Committees, the Plenary Assembly will include reports on the transition of Canada's six mission dioceses in the North to the common jurisdiction of the Church; activities and plans for renewing relations with Indigenous Peoples; the 2016 World Youth Day that took place this past July in Poland; and the International Eucharistic Congress which was held in January 2016 in Cebu, Philippines.

Plénière 2015 Point de presse-2Broadcasting on the web
Since 2011, through the collaboration of the Canadian Catholic television channel Salt + Light TV, the annual report by the CCCB President and the daily liturgical celebrations of the Plenary Assembly are broadcast live online and on television. Daily press briefings, in English and in French, will also be broadcast on Salt + Light TV, as has been done for the last four years. The broadcast schedule for the Plenary will be posted on the CCCB website in the coming weeks. As in previous years, approximately 20 invited observers and guests from a number of national Catholic organizations and other Churches, together with accredited representatives from the media, will be present for the first day and a half of the Plenary, 26 - 27 September.

Media accreditation form (PDF)

Rules and regulations for journalists attending the CCCB Plenary Assembly (PDF)

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