Canadian Bishops meet

Canada’s bishops will be discussing charity, at home and abroad when they meet in Quebec for their annual plenary session next week.

Within the past several months, floods in southern Alberta, a fire at Lac-Megantic, Quebec and the flash flooding in Toronto highlighted the fact that Canada’s bishops do not have an organised structure to respond to tragedies within the country, said Msgr Patrick Powers, general secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

This year’s plenary in Sainte-Adele, Quebec, will feature a “thorough conversation on charity” that features not only presentations by the Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, president of Caritas Internationalis, and its general secretary, Michel Roy, but also reflections on “how we can come to the aid of people right here in our own country,” Msgr Powers said.