Monday 19. November 2018
Ecology & Sustainability

In the Treaties the European Union professes the principles of sustainability, the protection of the environment and the fight against the causes and effects of climate change. Regularly these ambitions are in conflict with other aims of the EU like economic growth, agriculture and industrial policy.

Since 2008 COMECE has been engaged with the topic of climate change and regularly stressed the necessity of an ecological conversion and a different and more sober style of life. In his encyclical «Laudato si» Pope Francis has flagged up this idea with his concept of an «integrate ecology» that underscores the link between the protection of the environment and climate, the fight against poverty, social justice, economy and politics.

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26. October 2018
ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 26: Cardinal Oswald Gracias, President of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC), Archbishop of Bombay, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, President  of the Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania (F.C.B.C.O

Church worldwide calls for ambitious and urgent climate action

Press Release, 26/10/2018

In the context of a recent UN report on the urgent need to develop policies that limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, Mgr. Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, President of COMECE, together with all the other presidents of continental Bishops’ Conferences, calls politicians to work towards an ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement. They ask for COP24 to prove a milestone in the path set out in 2015 in Paris.

30. August 2018

Climate Change: the Church and its way to COP-24

Webnews, 23/08/2018

On 12 December 2015, at the end of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-21) that was held in Paris, 197 Parties adopted the «Paris Agreement» (PA).

25. July 2018

Church-EU Dialogue: Church delegation meets with the Austrian EU Presidency

Press Release, 25/07/2018

A delegation of Austrian and European Church representatives met in Vienna on 23 July 2018 with Karoline Edtstadler, Secretary of State for Home Affairs of the Austrian government, to exchange views on the priorities of the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council.

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