Today, we continue with our highlight coverage of the 2017 CCCB Plenary Assembly, taking place now in Cornwall Ontario, where all the Bishops from across Canada have gathered to discuss Church issues and set policy to further evangelize the faith in Canada.
On Monday evening, the bishops commemorated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, with an ecumenical prayer service, that was co-presided by Archbishop Richard Gagnon of Winnipeg, and Bishop Susan Johnson, the National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Both bishops are co-chairs of a Lutheran-Catholic Working Group, which published resources to help parishes, study groups, and ecumenical gatherings during this anniversary year.
Our very own Fr.Tom Rosica had a chance to talk to them right after the event about their sentiments on the evening and what the event meant to them in context of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. During the conversation, the subject of why forgiveness and commitment are important for a service like that one, and where the Canadian Church goes from here. They also share their concluding thoughts on that historically significant service.
Also at the plenary today, the Bishops celebrated a Solemn Mass for the Consecration of Canada to the Blessed Virgin Mary on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. The Mass, held at the Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa, also highlighted the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Catholic Organization: Development and Peace.
We will bring you more on that story tomorrow, and remember, you can watch all the events of the plenary again and get details on our upcoming coverage on our website listed below.
Over the weekend, Father Stanley Rother, the first American-born martyr in the history of the Church, was beatified in Oklahoma City in front of an estimated 20,000 people who packed Cox Convention Center to witness the event.
Ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City in 1963, Blessed Rother went to the archdiocesan mission in Guatemala where he was gunned down shortly after making the heroic decision to return to his mission parish, despite knowing his name was on a death list.
Here now is a reflection on his life and legacy from our friends at the Knights of Columbus.
That's all that we have time for today. Join us again tomorrow, when we bring you more news and stories from the Perspective of a Catholic lens.
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