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Luncheon debate: Initial reactions to the Encyclical « Laudato Si »

25 June 2015

 

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What is the impact of the Encyclical « Laudato Si » on the European Union ? How do EU Politicians interpret the key messages conveyed by Pope Francis his encyclical letter ? To find out, COMECE organised a Luncheon Debate in Brussels on 25 June, confronting a theologian with a member of the European Parliament. Father Sean McDonagh Irish Eco-theologian, missionary priest, best-selling author on Climate change issues, presented extensively the structure and scope of the Encyclical which was published last 18 June. ‘It’s not just about climate change. The Encyclical has a much broader scope, ultimately the Pope is shaping the concept of integral Ecology’. Read more


 

 

Cardinal Marx: A strong signal at the right time

18 june 2015

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The President of COMECE, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, welcomes the new Encyclical of Pope Francis “Laudato Si’” on care for our common home. Cardinal Marx, President of COMECE, welcomes the new Encyclical of Pope Francis as “a strong and timely signal”. For the first time a Pope “has voluntarily decided to impact world politics” stated Cardinal Marx at this morning’s presentation of the Encyclical in Munich. Not by accident has the Pope published his Encyclical before the decisive summits on Development Goals in New-York in September and on Climate Change in Paris in December and called Humanity for action. Read more

 



 

 

High-Level Religious Leaders’ Meeting with the EU institutions

16 June 2015

 

unknownThe eleventh High-Level Religious Leaders’ Meeting with the EU institutions was dedicated to the theme: ‘Living together and disagreeing well.’ After the attacks in Paris and Copenhagen earlier in the year, the EU Commission wanted to devote its dialogue with the Religious Leaders to the enormous challenges being currently faced by European society. On the occasion of this annual meeting, the President of COMECE, His Eminence Cardinal Reinhard Marx, stated that at the heart of the social cohesion issue lay the matter of social justice: ‘Lurking behind social alienation and exclusion, we can detect among many people fear that the modern world represents a threat to them.’ Read more


 

EU Agenda on Migration: a significant step forward

13 May 2015

 

unknown‘COMECE, which has European migration and asylum policies as a central concern, welcomes the concrete proposals issued today by the EU Commission. They represent a significant step forward in tackling the repeated tragedies in the Mediterranean. The proposals formulated by the EU Commission, if adopted by the EU Member Sates, would reflect a commitment to solidarity among member sates and a desire to alleviate unacceptable levels of human suffering among men and women seeking asylum on our continent'. Read more



 

 

Cardinal Marx welcomes the award of the Charlemagne Prize for 2015 to Martin Schulz

13 May 2015

 

unknown“The award of this year’s Charlemagne Prize to the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, is in recognition of his work for the goal of a united Europe and his international efforts on behalf of the European Union. Martin Schulz’s activities are characterised by his personal commitment to Europe. His conviction and experience enable him to inspire the younger generation, making them feel more involved in the European concept". Read more



 

 

Cardinal Marx : ‘Remembering the end of the Second World War reminds us of our responsibilities’

8. Mai 2015

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Reflecting upon the end of the Second World War, exactly 70 years ago today, 8 May, COMECE President Cardinal Reinhard Marx calls for a sense of collective responsibility and a spirit of service to enable Europe to face its present-day challenges such as the refugee situation and social injustice. Read more


 

Statement Cardinal Marx on the tragedy in the Mediterranean

21 april 2015

 

unknownCardinal Marx : "I welcome the commitment by the Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs Ministers to reinforce measures in response to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean and to increase the budget for missions in this area. However, this announcement will need practical follow-up at the meeting of the Heads of State and Government on Thursday." Read more



 

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