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Photos for January 2017

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Bishop William McGrattan is the new bishop of Calgary. McGrattan, who was bishop of the diocese of Peterborough, Ont., was appointed by Pope Francis Jan. 4 to succeed Bishop Fred Henry, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops reported. Henry, below, was bishop of Calgary since 1998. The 73-year-old bishop resigned for health reasons, having suffered from chronic pain for years.

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Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, poses for a photo as he arrives at Christ Church Anglican Cathedral in Ottawa to attend the Anglican diocese’s annual New Year’s Levee.

Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, poses for a photo as he arrives at Christ Church Anglican Cathedral in Ottawa to attend the Anglican diocese’s annual New Year’s Levee.

Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, with Anglican Bishop John Chapman and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson at the Anglican diocese’s annual New Year’s Levee at Christ Church Cathedral.

Governor General David Johnston, an Anglican, gives the first reading at the New Year’s Day choral eucharist at Christ Church Anglican Cathedral in Ottawa.

At left, Governor General David Johnston, an Anglican, poses with Matthew Larkin, organist and director of music at Christ Church Anglican Cathedral in Ottawa, and Dean Shane Parker, dean of the cathedral, at the New Year’s Levee at the church.

The peace tower on Parliament Hill is shown framed by moving beams of light that reflect the falling snow at the opening ceremony New Year’s eve for Canada’s year-long 150th birthday celebrations in 2017.

The scene on Parliament Hill on New Year’s eve before the opening ceremony began for Canada’s year-long 150th birthday celebrations in 2017.

“Tonight, we stand at a threshold,” Governor General David Johnston tells the thousands of people who gathered on Parliament Hill New Year’s Eve for the opening ceremony for Canada’s  year-long 150th birthday in 2017.  “2017 offers us a rare, once-in-a-generation opportunity to think about Canada, and to build for the future,” said Johnston, wearing a toque and parka in the bitterly cold and snowy night. “We have a chance to reflect, to reaffirm, to look ahead and say: We love this country. We’ve come so far. Let’s make it even better. 2017 offers us a rare, once-in-a-generation opportunity to think about Canada, and to build for the future. We have a chance to reflect, to reaffirm, to look ahead and say: We love this country. We’ve come so far. Let’s make it even better.”

Re-lighting the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill New Year’s Eve are Gov. Gen. David Johnston and his wife, Sharon, left, and Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and Algonquin Elder Albert Dumont, right. The Flame was first lit as the climax of the centennial celebrations of January 1, 1967.

Lighting the torches on Parliament Hill before the opening ceremony for Canada’s year-long 150th birthday in 2017.

Heritage minister Mélanie Joly mingles with the crowd after helping re-light the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill New Year’s Eve.

Fireworks displays on Parliament Hill  including one that began at 8:17 p.m. —  symbolically 20:17 — and the other at midnight, highlighted the official kickoff of the year of celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

Fireworks displays on Parliament Hill  including one that began at 8:17 p.m. —  symbolically 20:17 — and the other at midnight, highlighted the official kickoff of the year of celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

Fireworks displays on Parliament Hill  including one that began at 8:17 p.m. —  symbolically 20:17 — and the other at midnight, highlighted the official kickoff of the year of celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.