Thursday 3. September 2015


Cardinal Marx : ‘Europe is a project of reconciliation, not of division’

16 July 2015


unknown'The most urgent task is the restoration of the trust lost in recent months. In order for any further steps to be taken not only towards achieving economic and financial consolidation, but also for co-operation within Europe on other policy matters, states and governments must be able to trust one another. The classic prejudices and clichés which characterise discourse between European peoples, heightened as they have been by the overheated atmosphere of recent months, must be deconstructed and overcome. It is essential that all parties take steps to restore confidence and re-create a calmer climate in Europe, exploring a more constructive, common approach into the future.' Read more



Luncheon debate: Initial reactions to the Encyclical « Laudato Si »

25 June 2015



What is the impact of the Encyclical « Laudato Si » on the European Union ? How do EU Politicians interpret the key messages conveyed by Pope Francis his encyclical letter ? To find out, COMECE organised a Luncheon Debate in Brussels on 25 June, confronting a theologian with a member of the European Parliament. Father Sean McDonagh Irish Eco-theologian, missionary priest, best-selling author on Climate change issues, presented extensively the structure and scope of the Encyclical which was published last 18 June. ‘It’s not just about climate change. The Encyclical has a much broader scope, ultimately the Pope is shaping the concept of integral Ecology’. Read more



Cardinal Marx: A strong signal at the right time

18 june 2015



The President of COMECE, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, welcomes the new Encyclical of Pope Francis “Laudato Si’” on care for our common home. Cardinal Marx, President of COMECE, welcomes the new Encyclical of Pope Francis as “a strong and timely signal”. For the first time a Pope “has voluntarily decided to impact world politics” stated Cardinal Marx at this morning’s presentation of the Encyclical in Munich. Not by accident has the Pope published his Encyclical before the decisive summits on Development Goals in New-York in September and on Climate Change in Paris in December and called Humanity for action. Read more




High-Level Religious Leaders’ Meeting with the EU institutions

16 June 2015


unknownThe eleventh High-Level Religious Leaders’ Meeting with the EU institutions was dedicated to the theme: ‘Living together and disagreeing well.’ After the attacks in Paris and Copenhagen earlier in the year, the EU Commission wanted to devote its dialogue with the Religious Leaders to the enormous challenges being currently faced by European society. On the occasion of this annual meeting, the President of COMECE, His Eminence Cardinal Reinhard Marx, stated that at the heart of the social cohesion issue lay the matter of social justice: ‘Lurking behind social alienation and exclusion, we can detect among many people fear that the modern world represents a threat to them.’ Read more


EU Agenda on Migration: a significant step forward

13 May 2015


unknown‘COMECE, which has European migration and asylum policies as a central concern, welcomes the concrete proposals issued today by the EU Commission. They represent a significant step forward in tackling the repeated tragedies in the Mediterranean. The proposals formulated by the EU Commission, if adopted by the EU Member Sates, would reflect a commitment to solidarity among member sates and a desire to alleviate unacceptable levels of human suffering among men and women seeking asylum on our continent'. Read more



Cardinal Marx welcomes the award of the Charlemagne Prize for 2015 to Martin Schulz

13 May 2015


unknown“The award of this year’s Charlemagne Prize to the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, is in recognition of his work for the goal of a united Europe and his international efforts on behalf of the European Union. Martin Schulz’s activities are characterised by his personal commitment to Europe. His conviction and experience enable him to inspire the younger generation, making them feel more involved in the European concept". Read more



Cardinal Marx : ‘Remembering the end of the Second World War reminds us of our responsibilities’

8. Mai 2015


Reflecting upon the end of the Second World War, exactly 70 years ago today, 8 May, COMECE President Cardinal Reinhard Marx calls for a sense of collective responsibility and a spirit of service to enable Europe to face its present-day challenges such as the refugee situation and social injustice. Read more


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