COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE / SERVICE DES COMMUNICATIONS News Release
For Immediate Release
Bishops of Canada Gather in Cornwall for 2022 Annual Plenary Assembly
22 September 2022 – Ottawa – Bishops from across the country will gather in Cornwall, Ontario, next week for the 2022 Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). The gathering will bring together 72 Bishops for in–person meetings for the first time since 2019. Over the course of four days, Bishops will have an opportunity to discuss a number of important topics, including:
1) Indigenous Healing & Reconciliation – reflecting on the events of the past year, including the Indigenous Delegation to the Vatican (March 2022) and the Papal Visit to Canada (July 2022). Bishops will discuss next steps on an action plan moving forward on the journey of healing, reconciliation and hope.
2) The “Synod on Synodality” – a global church initiative, drawing input from Catholics around the world. Earlier this month, the CCCB released a national synthesis summarizing key themes brought forward by Catholics in Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic regions. This work will help inform a continental report and subsequent discussions at the Vatican in 2023.
3) Fostering a Safe Environment – an update regarding the 2021 launch of the Canadian Reporting System for Sexual Abuse or Cover–up by a Catholic Bishop. The initiative demonstrated a commitment by the bishops to responsibility, accountability and transparency in matters of clergy sexual abuse.
4) Reports from numerous sub–committees engaged in areas of pastoral care and responsibility including liturgy, catechesis and evangelization.
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