On 24-26 October 2018 Bishops of the European Union gathered in Brussels for the Autumn Assembly focusing on the 2019 European elections. Participants reflected on future EU challenges in dialogue with high-level officials of the Union: Federica Mogherini, Luca Jahier and Michel Barnier.
In the context of a recent UN report on the urgent need to develop policies that limit global warming to 1.5 degrees,Mgr. Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, President of COMECE, together with all the other presidents of continental Bishops’ Conferences, calls politicians to work towards an ambitious implementation of theParis Agreement. They ask forCOP24to prove a milestone in the path set out in 2015 in Paris.
European Bishops commemorated all victims of the First World War in a major event held today, 24 October 2018, in the city of Ypres (Belgium) in the context of the COMECE Assembly “Autumn 2018” dedicated to the upcoming European elections.
TheCOMECE Commission on the External Relations of the EUgathered on 9-10 October 2018 under the presidency ofMgr. Rimantas Norvila (Lithuania). It exchanged with EU officials on the challenges and opportunities for the EU External Action in the fields of Peace and Security, EU Southern Neighbourhood and Trade policy.
The president of the Colombian Catholic Bishops’ Conference officially met with high-level EU officials on 10-11 October 2018 and exchanged views on the ongoing peace process in Colombia addressing the next steps towards the reconciliation of the country.
During the international conference on “Religious freedom and development cooperation to reduce the causes for migration” on 17 September 2018, COMECE stressed the primary right of every human person to live in dignity in his home country without being forced to move.
The presidency of the Colombian Catholic Bishops’ Conference will officially visit Brussels on 10-11 October 2018 to exchange with high-level EU officials on the current situation in Colombia. A press point will be held at COMECE on 11 October 2018 at 15:00.