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Appeals on Climate Change

Message from the CCCB: "Preparing the way for the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change to take place in Paris, November 30 to December 11, 2015, several initiatives and statements have been made public by Church leaders and various groups working in partnership with the Bishops."

"The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), signed a joint appeal by representatives of the world's regional groupings of Episcopal Conferences which was addressed to the negotiators who will participate in the Paris conference."

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Ecumenical and Interfaith Declaration on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

"At a news conference today on Parliament Hill, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) released a joint statement on euthanasia and assisted suicide. The Declaration on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide has been endorsed by over 30 Christian denominations together with over 20 Jewish and Muslim leaders from across Canada." 

"In light of the Supreme Court of Canada's ruling in R. v. Carter, the joint statement advocates for palliative care, respect for the dignity of the human person, human solidarity and psychological, spiritual and emotional support as the ethical and moral response in end-of-life care."

The declaration states that "The recent Supreme Court of Canada decision has brought this issue to the forefront of public discussion and compels each of us as Canadians to reflect upon our personal and societal response to those who need our compassion and care." Addressing the underlying importance of human dignity, the signatories affirm that "the sanctity of all human life, and the equal and inviolable dignity of every human being ... is not exclusively a religious belief, although for us it has a significant religious meaning." 

Link to the press release: http://www.cccb.ca/site/

Link to video archives of the press conference: 

The Declaration and its list of signatories can be viewed at the following website: 


CCCB Submission on Physician-Assisted Suicide

"On October 19, 2015, the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has sent a submission to the Expert Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada." 

"The submission is structured according to the following five points: the common good; assisted suicide; palliative care; protecting the vulnerable; and freedom of conscience and religion."

For further details, visit the CCCB website at: 

For direct access to the CCCB's submission, click on this link: 
CCCB submission to the Expert Panel on physician-assisted suicide


Nostra Aetate Jubilee Conference

Press release of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Montreal:

Montreal, October 9, 2015. – The Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Montreal cordially invites students, clergy, ministers, pastoral personnel, and the general public to the Nostra Aetate Jubilee Conference from October 27th to November 1st in Montreal.

"Proclaimed on October 28, 1965, the Vatican II declaration Nostra Aetate transformed the relations between Roman Catholic Church and non-Christian religions, particularly Judaism. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of this ground-breaking document, the Nostra Aetate Jubilee Conference presents a series of three public events."

Open and download these two bilingual documents:

Press release of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Montreal - Nostra Aetate Jubilee Conference

Nostra Aetate Jubilee Conference Poster


Aging and Spirituality

Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute <www.ccbi-utoronto.ca> is presenting a conference on Aging and Spirituality. The event will be held in Toronto at 95 St. Joseph Street, East Door, Room 10, on October 30, 2015 at 2 pm.

"Recent gerontology research has revealed the under-developed potentials in our maturing years (50+). Of these, spirituality (inner growth) has been identified as an undeveloped resource. In fact, maturing years have the possibility of being a time of unparalleled inner growth. This presentation will deal with this potential and its implications for ethical decision making in our later years."

The speakers are: Sister Mary Rose Marrin is a Sister of St. Joseph of Toronto, Father Paul Lennon, a priest of the Archdiocese of Toronto and Sister Agnes Teresa (Toni) Sheehan, CSJ, PhD. 

For more details, open and download this PDF document: Aging and Spirituality



CRC Bulletin, Volume 12, no. 3 - Fall 2015

CRC Bulletin, Volume 12, no. 3 - Fall 2015: In this issue, the articles offer a reflection on Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si'. As the world prepares itself for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, it is hoped that this issue of the Bulletin will contribute to guide your personal and community reflection.


A Sacred Threshold: What Does this Moment Hold for Us?

CRC 2016 Workshop

The Canadian Religious Conference is inviting its Ontario leaders and their teams and members of the CRC Ontario JPIC Network to come together in a discernment of the new thing God is doing among us. How can we tap a graced reconciling energy to release our capacity to be change-makers in a world of deep divisions?


Joint Ecological Ministry Meeting

The Joint Ecological Ministry (JEM) is a collaboration of religious communities and partners using their resources to promote caring for Creation and living within planetary limits. JEM plans to engage religious communities around the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference which will take place in Paris in December. Open and download the JEM brochure

JEM is currently planning a gathering for Tuesday, November 3,  in Toronto at the Mary Ward Centre. The theme of the gathering is Paris and Beyond. As the December World Climate Summit in Paris approaches, the participants will hear from panel speakers and discuss opportunities for religious communities to add their voices to the call for new measures to mitigate climate change. JEM members will also discuss ways religious communities can contribute to ecological justice in the months and years ahead.

Online registration at: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/paris-and-beyond-tickets-18416464140


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