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Emmaus Video Productions for Advent and the Year of Mercy

Emmaus Productions has produced two online video series: an Advent series and a series for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. These resources are for both adults and children. They both reflect the work of Monica Brown.

Monica Brown is the director of Emmanus productions and is an internationally acclaimed Christian composer and workshop facilitator. She has facilitated several Celtic pilgrimages with Hilary Musgrave.

For more information on these video resources as well as music resources visit Emmaus Productions:
www.emmausproductions.com

Contact information for Canada: 
emmauscanada@emmausproductions.com 

Open and download these two PDF posters:
Emmaus Advent video series
Emmaus Year of Mercy series

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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: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9mnwU6i24A

The Declaration and its list of signatories can be viewed at the following website: 
http://www.euthanasiadeclaration.ca/declaration/

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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: 
http://www.cccb.ca

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

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Highlights

Religious Congregations Actively Involved in Welcoming Refugees

The situation of Syrian refugees leaves no one indifferent. A number of congregations of women and men religious have become actively involved in many ways: welcoming refugees to Canada, sponsoring families, helping out with first necessities, involvement with aid groups, dioceses and parishes, financial support, etc.

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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.

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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?

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