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Press Release, 16/04/2018


President of the Italian Bishops’ Conference Cardinal Bassetti’s official visit to the EU


A delegation led by H. Em. Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, President of the Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI), will come to Brussels on 22-25 April 2018 in order to exchange with high-level officials on the realities of the EU from the perspective of the Italian Church. 



Cardinal Bassetti’s visit shows the European dimension of the Italian Church, strongly committed to face current challenges and work for the common good in a constructive dialogue with the EU institutions.


Italy is living delicate moments. The Catholic Church is playing a key role in the fields of education, health, basic social services, integration and humanitarian action, especially focusing on the weakest.


In his journey to Brussels, Cardinal Bassetti will exchange on these topics, strengthening the constructive dialogue between the Church in Italy and EU policy makers. The President of CEI will be accompanied by Mgr. Mariano Crociata, Vice-President of COMECE, and Mgr. Gianni Ambrosio, Bishop of Piacenza-Bobbio.


The delegation will meet with high-level officials including Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the EU Commission, Luca Jahier from the European Economic and Social Committee, and various Italian MEPs.


During his stay in Brussels, Cardinal Bassetti will celebrate three holy masses: on April 23rd (at 12:30 at the Chapel of COMECE), on April 24th (at 11:30 at the European Parliament, ASP00H152) and on April 25th (at 11:30 at the Chapel of COMECE). Everyone is welcome to join the masses.




A Press Conference will take place at COMECE on Tuesday 24th April from 17:00 to 18:00. Journalists interested to participate are kindly invited to register by sending an e-mail request to COMECE Press Office. For interview requests and other media enquiries, please contact COMECE Communication Officer.


Due to limited space inside our facility, priority criteria may be adopted with regard to access. The press conference will be video-recorded and broadcasted on COMECE Youtube Channel immediately after it.


A Press Room will be arranged to facilitate the work of journalists.


During the event, COMECE website and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) will be updated constantly with photos and video interviews. Journalists can freely use this material by crediting COMECE.

Press contact:

Alessandro Di Maio

Press & Communications Officer E-mail contact Tel.: +32 (0) 2 235 05 15
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