Sunday 23. November 2014


Evening-Debate | Fighting trafficking in human beings: a joint effort

26 November 2014 at 19:00 @ COMECE



Trafficking in human beings occurs under our very noses throughout the European Union.

It is a criminal activity of huge complexity.

Efforts made to address the matter of human trafficking to date have fallen short.

The Catholic Church is an active partner in the fight against this distressing phenomenon.

It is resolved to assist victims of trafficking as well as to work with public authorities

and private actors to reduce and eventually outlaw this assault on human dignity.

Read more and register


The TTIP on the Agenda of the COMECE Autumn Plenary Assembly

12-13 November 2014


The COMECE Autumn Plenary Assembly opens on Wednesday 12 November. 20 Bishops from all over Europe attended the 2 days closed meeting. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was the main topic of the Plenary. Read more


COMECE Bishops Commemoration in Verdun on 11 November

11 November 2014


On the eve of their Autumn Plenary in Brussels (12-13 November 2014), the COMECE Bishops will pay tribute to those who lost their lives on battle fields of the First World War. CCEE will be represented by Cardinal Puljic, the Archbishop of Vrhbosna (Sarajevo). A final message will be presented at 17:30 by Cardinal Marx at a press point. Read more


A Cross at the European Parliament for the first time

9 October 2014

unknownOn 9 October took place at the European Parliament the Official Donation Ceremony of the Artwork " European Cross for Peace " at the initiative of the Austrian MEP Othmar Karas. The Cross was blessed by a Bishop Member of COMECE, the Auxiliary Bishop of Utrecht, Mgr. Th.C.M. Hoogenboom. More pictures


Speech of Cardinal Marx to the European Catholic Social Days in Madrid

19 September 2014

unknownThe President of COMECE, Cardinal Marx addressed the 200 participants of the 2nd Catholic Social Days for Europe gathered in Madrid from 18-21 September with a Speech on the social dimension of the European Union. "Many people are of the opinion today that combining the economic, social and political strength of Europe in a globalised world is the new reason why states in Europe should work together." Download the Speech in PDF. Other interventions available at


EU institutions start of term Mass

Wed 24 September 19:00










19:00 in Notre Dame au Sablon Church (Brussels)


On the occasion EU institutions start of term in september, a Eucharistic celebration will take place on the 24th September at 19.00 at Notre Dame au Sablon in Brussels. It will be chaired by H.E. Mgr Jean Kockerols (Auxiliary Bishop of Malines-Brussels, Vice-President of COMECE). Download the invitation


Pope Francis will visit the EU Parliament


unknownThe President of COMECE, His Eminence Reinhard Cardinal Marx, enthusiastically welcomed this news :“It makes me very glad to hear today that Pope Francis, in response to the invitation of President Martin Schulz, is to visit Strasbourg on 25 November and address the plenary assembly of the European Parliament. This is very good news, particularly as 2014 marks a series of challenging beginnings for the European project. Together with my fellow bishops of the EU, I am particularly gratified by this exciting announcement". Read more



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