Canadian Bishops Reflect With Leader of Cardinal Advisers on Francis' Vision of Church

Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga Addresses Plenary Assembly

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The second day of the Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) was marked by the visit of Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and president of Caritas Internationalis.

The Cardinal addressed the Plenary Assembly on “The role of the Bishop and the Episcopal Conferences in justice, peace and caritas”.

His intervention was followed by a presentation on how Caritas Internationalis is organized throughout the world, which was given by its Secretary General Mr. Michel Roy.

In the afternoon, the CCCB Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace led a pastoral reflection on Pacem in Terris. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Encyclical by Blessed John XXIII on establishing universal peace in truth, justice, charity and liberty.

The visit of Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga was also the occasion for a special session during which the Bishops of Canada reflected with the Cardinal on the Holy Father’s vision for the governance of the universal Church. Cardinal Maradiaga is a member, and the coordinator, of a group of Cardinals whom Pope Francis has asked to advise him on the revision of Pastor Bonus, the Apostolic Constitution on the organization and work of the Roman Curia. That group of cardinals will have their first meeting next week.

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