During a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI on Monday, Archbishop Richard Smith, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) presented the Holy Father with a number of special gifts from Canada. Included were:

  • a specially bound edition of the first printed copy of the revised Canadian English-language edition of the Roman Missal, published by the CCCB Publications Service. The special copy included a dedication to the Holy Father.
  • a specially bound copy of the book marking the opening earlier this year of the new St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton. Also published by the CCCB Publications Service, this is the first volume in a series titled Lieux sacrés / A Geography of Faith.
  • a DVD copy of Put Out into the Deep, a video documentary about the new St. Joseph Seminary produced by Salt+Light TV in partnership with the Archdiocese of Edmonton.

During their audience, Archbishop Smith, CCCB Vice President Archbishop-elect Paul-André Durocher of Gatineau, and CCCB General Secretary Msgr. Patrick Powers, P.H., discussed with Pope Benedict XVI the major pastoral orientations and challenges facing the Conference and the Church in Canada.

The Holy Father also blessed a number of rosaries that the CCCB representatives will bring back to Canada as gifts.    

The CCCB delegation continues its visits in Rome with the major offices of the Holy See until November 18. 

Read more about the visit on Archbishop Smith's blog, The Reason for Our Hope.