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ASSEMBLY | Pope Francis receives the Bishops of the European Union: “advance the cause of peace”

Pope Francis addressed the Bishops of the European Union and their new Presidency on Thursday 23 March 2023. The Holy Father asked them to never lose sight of “the two great dreams of Europe’s founding fathers: the dream of unity and the dream of peace”. Read Pope Francis’ speech On the second day of the Assembly, the Bishops of the European Union were received by … Continue reading »

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ASSEMBLY | Italian Bishop Crociata is the new President of COMECE

His Excellency Mgr. Mariano Crociata (Italy) is the new President of COMECE. He was elected on Wednesday 22 March 2023 by the Bishop Delegates of the EU Episcopates, gathered in Rome for the Spring Plenary Assembly of COMECE. On the same occasion, four Vice-Presidents were also elected: Mgr. Hérouard, Mgr. Brás da Silva Martins, Mgr. Norvila, Mgr. Kozon. Mgr. Mariano Crociata, Bishop of Latina, is … Continue reading »

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Families and Bishops together in Europe | COMECE and FAFCE sign memorandum of understanding to enhance cooperation on family policies

COMECE and FAFCE signed on Monday 20 March 2023 a memorandum of understanding to enhance their cooperation in the field of family policies at the EU level. Cardinal Hollerich: “it is essential to support families and look at the problems they face”. The agreement was signed by H. Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union … Continue reading »

France

The Procession of Saint Vincent (Archdiocese of Dijon)

This month, our ‘Christian Heritage month by month’ column presents the Festival of Saint Vincent, one of the most respected events among winemakers in Burgundy, France. For more information, please visit the website of the Archdiocese of Dijon. Saint Vincent festival is one of the most well-known and respected festivals among winemakers in Burgundy, France. The festivity yearly brings together all the fraternities dedicated to the Saint … Continue reading »

News

COMECE invites you to the presentation of “Beginning with Many. Horizons of Fraternal Thought”

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) invites you to the presentation of the book Beginning with the Many. Horizons of Fraternal Thought, to take place on Monday 27 March 2023 in Rome, with the participation of Cardinal Hollerich, Mgr. Paglia, Mgr. Sequeri and economist Prof. Mazzucato. The book includes theological contributions on some of the most crucial challenges of our … Continue reading »

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Catholic voices on the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive

In a statement released on Thursday 16 March 2023, Catholic organisations call on the European Parliament to adopt a Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) marking “a true turning point in how the EU addresses the threats that corporate activities pose to our Human Family and Common Home”. Read the Statement Given the on-going debate and upcoming vote on the directive in the Legal Affairs … Continue reading »

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EU Bishops to elect their new Presidency and to meet with Pope Francis on 22 March in Rome

The Bishops of the European Union will gather in Rome on 22-24 March 2023 to elect their new Presidency. The election will take place in the context of the COMECE Spring Assembly, which will feature in its agenda an audience with Pope Francis and a dialogue session with the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Tajani. During the first day of the Assembly, on Wednesday … Continue reading »

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Cardinal Hollerich meets with Croatian Prime Minister Plenković

The President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), H.Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Andrej Plenković, in Split (Croatia) on Thursday 9 March 2023. Prime Minister Plenković congratulated Cardinal Hollerich on his appointment to Pope Francis’ nine-member Council of Cardinals advisers, as well as on his re-election as head of … Continue reading »

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COMECE offers recommendations on EU Human Rights Defenders Guidelines 

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) offers, on Tuesday 7 March 2023, some recommendations to the European Parliament in view of the upcoming debate and vote on the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders. “It is crucial to strengthen the protection and promotion of human rights and environmental defenders.” Read the document In close dialogue with human rights defenders in … Continue reading »

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European Sunday Alliance: “a synchronised quality resting time for an improved mental health of workers”

On the occasion of the European Day for a Work-free Sunday, the European Sunday Alliance (ESA) releases a statement to reiterate its call on political leaders to “establish a synchronised quality and social resting weekly time for workers in order to enable them to preserve their mental health”. Download the Statement In a statement released on Friday 3 March 2023, the European Sunday Alliance calls … Continue reading »