Saturday 23. October 2021

Pope John Paul II on the state of the Church in Europe

Press Release - 30 June 2003 (immediate) On Saturday 28 June 2003 Pope John Paul II issued the Apostolic Exhortation "Ecclesia in Europa". The basis for this document, which deals with the situation of the Church in Europe at the beginning of the 21st Century, is the discussions between bishops that took place during the second Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Europe on 1-23 October 1999.

Renewed call for Christian reference in EU Constitution

Renewed call for Christian reference in EU Constitution
Press release ? 22 September 2003 The Presidency of COMECE is renewing its call for a reference to Christianity in the preamble of the future EU Constitution with a letter to the President of the European Council on the eve of the Inter-Governmental Conference

Dismay at European Parliament support for destructive research on human embryos

Unterstützung des EU-Parlaments für verbrauchenden Embryonenforschung
Press Release - 19 November 2003 On 19 November 2003, the European Parliament called for the EU to fund research using human embryonic stem cells and involving the destruction of human embryos under the Sixth EU Research Framework Programme. Mgr Noel Treanor, Secretary General of the Commission of the Bishops? Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), made the following statement:

EU Bishops: Christianity is a force for unity in Europe

Press Release ? 31 October 2003 The Christian faith has helped unite Europe throughout history and can still be a force for unity today. This was the principal message of the Bishops of COMECE, meeting in Brussels on 30-31 October 2003.

First "Global Governance Assessment"

Press Release ? 2 December 2003 In its first annual Global Governance Assessment, published today, COMECE?s high-level expert group evaluates efforts over the last year to improve global governance, from the success of the World Health Organisation in containing SARS to the failure of global trade talks in Cancún. It also makes recommendations for the future.

Council of Ministers fails to agree on ethical limits for stem-cell research

Keine Einigung im Ministerrat auf Grenzen der Stammzellforschung
Press Release ? 3 December 2003 The Council of Ministers of the European Union on 3 December 2003 was unable to reach agreement on ethical guidelines for EU funding of stem-cell research. Both the proposal of the European Commission and a compromise put forward by the Italian EU Presidency and the Portuguese Government were rejected. Mgr Noel Treanor, Secretary General of COMECE, made the following statement:

First Summer Academy on Church and Culture in Europe

1st Summer University in Souvigny, France
Press Release - 14 September 1999 « The Church and contemporary culture » was the theme of the first summer academy organised by COMECE, the Commission of Bishops' Conferences of the European Community, from 9 to 12 September.
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