Monday 4. May 2015


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


Inter-Religious Dialogue of the European Parliament 2015

24 March 2015



This 24 March, COMECE participated in the 4th in a series of annual dialogues between the various faiths and organisations organised by the European Parliament. The meeting was held under the patronage of President Martin Schulz and Vice-President Antonio Tajani and is foreseen under Article 17 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. This year the Parliament will hold two discussions; the first with churches and faith groups and the second, scheduled for 17 November 2015, with non-confessional organisations. Bishop Hoogenboom (COMECE delegate Bishop for the Netherlands) and Fr Patrick H. Daly (COMECE Secretary general) both took the floor on the occasion of this meeting.


COMECE Spring Plenary Assembly

18-20 March


During their Spring Plenary Assembly from 18 to 20 March 2015 in Brussels, the bishops of COMECE had the opportunity to meet with the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and his First Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, and to discuss the work programme of the Commission for the coming years. At this meeting on the eve of a European Summit in Brussels mainly devoted to the crisis in Greece, the bishops raised the issues of the current situation in Europe, the future of the Eurozone and the European unification. Read more


DEBATE | Decent Work – The path to dignity for all

17 March 2015

The eradication of poverty and fighting inequality, together with sustainable development, are among the most debated issues in international politics, within civil society as well as within the Churches. The European Union is among the major players in these discussions. On 17 March 2015, the Secretariat of COMECE together with Catholic-Inspired Organisations and under the kind patronage of the two Members of the European Parliament, Ms Patrizia Toia (S&D) and Mr Davor Ivo Stier (EPP) is organising a Debate on Decent Work. More information




Publication of an Opinion on Gestational Surrogacy




Gestational surrogacy is an issue of increasing preoccupation and concern in contemporary political and legal debate across the European Union. Against that background, the COMECE Working Group on Ethics in Research and Medicine has published an “Opinion on Gestational Surrogacy: the question of European and International Rules” , which is presented today, 23 February, at an event hosted by MEP Miroslav Mikolasik at the European Parliament. The Opinion makes clear that all forms of gestational surrogacy represent a violent assault on the human dignity of all involved in this exchange. Read more




European Parliament | 23.02.2015 at 16.30

Surrogacy has become a booming industry across the world. This is true both in developed and less developed countries. It represents a serious violation of the human dignity and basic fundamental rights of the woman and of the child. It involves trafficking in human beings for reproductive purposes. No common rules have been so far adopted at the EU level, although there are common ethical and legal grounds among Member States for tackling this phenomenon. The Working Group on Ethics in Research and Healthcare of COMECE has prepared an Opinion assessing the ethics of the Surrogate Motherhood and discussing its tangled legal repercussions and advocating international or European rules to address it. More information





Conference "The conversion of Christians to Ecumenism"

Chapel for Europe | 20.01.2015 at 19.00




The challenges and opportunities of the Catholic-Protestant Dialogue - 50 years after the decree on ecumenism of the Vatican Council II

With the participation of experts in matters of Ecumenical Dialogue:

Prof Dr Bernard Sesboüé SJ, Paris
Prof. Doris Lambers-Petry, Brussels
Moderated by : Johanna Touzel, COMECE

at the Chapel for Europe (22 Rue Van Maerlant)


on Tuesday 20 January 2015 at 19.00 hrs.


In French with translation into English.

After the conference: reception


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