The impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on the Catholic Church in Canada will be a key theme of the first-ever online plenary assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops when the annual meeting gets underway Sept. 21.

And while the global pandemic has driven the plenary assembly online this year, the move by the Church’s leadership to meet and do its business over the Internet in this instance is just one of the ways that the international health crisis will change the Church forever going forward, said Winnipeg Archbishop Richard Gagnon.

“The situation with COVID has obviously had a large impact on the Church and we will definitely be talking about that and about how the Church moves forward in these unprecedented times,” Gagnon, CCCB president, said in a telephone interview.

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