In an interview with the Italian daily newspaper, “La Repubblica”, Pope Francis says he is praying for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, and asks everyone to be close to those who have lost loved ones.
Following the more recent letter from the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Quebec (March 15) addressing preventive measures concerning COVID-19, here is the latest pastoral letter from Archbishop Lépine and a memorandum providing a summary of "Diocesan Directives" to date.
The Premier of Quebec has ordered the closure of all public gathering places. Given the extent of the danger, the urgency of the situation, and the solidarity required under such circumstances, the Executive of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Quebec is recommending, effective today, the suspension of all celebrations and public activities in the churches of Quebec.
Archbishop Lépine issues initial pastoral letter addressing COVID-19: “Care for: Body, Heart and Soul”l
Archbishop Lépine issues a pastoral letter outlining guidelines amid COVID-19 concerns.
Following the Quebec Assembly of Catholic Bishops’ announcement to cancel all Sunday Masses and in order to help the faithful participate more fully in their Sunday prayer, Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal will take the opportunity to offer a Mass in solidarity with the faithful at St. Joseph’s Oratory. This Sunday Mass will be broadcast live as a closed session from the crypt.
The Premier of Quebec announced today several preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. Meeting in plenary assembly, the Catholic bishops of Quebec want to contribute to this common public-health effort and to act in solidarity with the civil authorities.
With the hope of Easter and Spring just on the horizon, Christians everywhere are now well into the Lenten season, which began with Ash Wednesday. Pope Francis, echoing the words of St. Paul (2 Cor 5:20), invites everyone to take the path toward "reconciliation with God" this Lent; in doing so, the diocese is in communion with the entire Catholic Church. The journey in Montreal began on Feb. 26 with the celebration of Ash Wednesday at a packed Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.
On Monday morning, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at Casa Santa Marta which was broadcast live in order to demonstrate his nearness to those affected by the Covid-19 coronavirus.
The Ville-Marie Awards recognize the “everyday” saints present among us. These exceptional young individuals lead by their example of joy, courage and commitment. They inspire us to respond to the call to holiness and to mission!
In his 2020 message for World Youth Day, Pope Francis invites young people to be missionary disciples and to give their passions and dreams “free rein”.
Recently, the Anglophone sector held a workshop for the Development and Peace—Caritas Canada Share Lent Campaign. This Lent, the theme is For our Common Home, a campaign that focuses on the crisis in the Amazon region.
Archbishop Christian Lépine celebrated Sunday Mass to mark the 60th anniversary of Saint-René-Goupil Parish. Parishioners packed the church for the Feb. 23 celebration.