In the context of the European Union Belgian Presidency (1st July - 31st December 2010) and of the European opening year, will take place a
Tuesday 28 September 2010
in Notre Dame au Sablon, Sablon Square, in Brussels
It will be chaired by H.E. Archbishop André Joseph Leonard, Archbishop of Malines Bruxelles and concelebrated with H.E. Monsignor André Dupuy, Apostolic Nuncio to the European Union and by Mgr Piotr Mazurkiewicz, General Secretary of COMECE.
Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philip and Princess Mathilde will be attending the Mass. Those also invited include President Herman Van Rompuy (European Council), the Diplomatic Corps, Presidents and Members of the Council, the Commission and the European Parliament, as well as accredited Ambassadors to the EU and all those who contribute in prayer to European Activities in our country.
The Church in Belgium aims to provide an answer to Pope Benedict XVIs wish, in bringing a contribution to Europe as a "spiritual homeland" (1) during the EU Belgian Presidency.
More information at www.comece.eu
(1) ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI TO HIS EXCELLENCY Mr. YVES GAZZO, HEAD OF THE DELEGATION OF THE COMMISSION OF EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES TO THE HOLY SEE Monday, 19 October 2009: "For all these reasons, Mr Ambassador, the Holy See follows respectfully and with great attention, the activity of the European Institutions with the hope that by their work and in their creativity they may honour Europe which is more than a continent, rather a "spiritual homeland" (cf. Discourse to the Civil Authorities and the Diplomatic Corps, Prague, 26 September 2009). The Church desires to "accompany" the construction of the European Union. For this reason the Church reminds the Union of the founding and constitutive values of European society so that they may be promoted for the good of all."