On the occasion of the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’, COMECE and its partners invite you to participate in the third European Laudato Si’ Reflection Day on Thursday 28th May 2020, from 15h00 to 17h00. The event will be held as a webinar due to the current pandemic of SARS-CoV-2.
In the context of the growing persecution against Christian communities in Nigeria, COMECE calls the EU, its Member States, as well as the entire international community, to increase their efforts in order to stop the violence in the African country, bring the criminals to justice, support the victims and promote dialogue and peace.
Up to half of the people who died of Covid-19 in Europe are elderly people and many of them were residents of long-term care facilities.“It is time to stop the ‘culture of waste’ and focus on more public policies supporting families”, states the General Secretary of COMECE on Wednesday 13 May 2020.
“The reopening of churches must be implemented by civil authorities in dialogue with ecclesial institutions”, states Fr. Barrios Prieto, General Secretary of COMECE, thereby expressing a widespread feeling within the Church in many EU Member States.
COMECE welcomes theEU’s priority actions proposedfor the next five years in the global promotion of human rights and democracy, and calls on the EU institutions to increase their ambition in the protection of religious freedom and in the area of business & human rights.
“The pandemic should not be an excuse to let human beings die in the Mediterranean Sea”, states COMECE General Secretary Fr. Barrios Prieto. Referring to the many migrants who were not promptly and safely disembarked at the closest EU port over the last days, COMECE calls for“a predictable solidarity mechanism agreed among EU member states”.
COMECE welcomes thestatementrecently released by theEuropean Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), calling the EU and its Member States to be vigilant on the“necessity and proportionality of any policy and technological intervention that- taken in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic -suspends, even temporarily, fundamental rights”.