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Press Release, 25/10/2017


(Re)Thinking Europe

Cardinal Marx and Archbishop Gallagher to meet journalists on October 27 at 11.30


(Re)Thinking Europe. A Christian contribution to the future of the European Project, the International Conference which will gather in the Vatican, between 27-29 October, hundreds of high-level Church and EU political leaders to contribute to a constructive reflection on the fundamental challenges facing the European project.


Pope Francis will address the participants on Saturday 28th October in order to recall the commitment of the Church to this Peace project and its sincere engagement to a common reflection on the future of the EU.


A press conference with Cardinal Reinhard Marx, President of COMECE, and Mgr. Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, will take place on Friday 27 October 2017 at 11:30 at the Press Office of the Holy See (Via della Conciliazione, 54, Rome). Only journalists regularly accredited for (Re)Thinking Europe can attend the press conference.


Rather than a congress, (Re)Thinking Europe will be a dialogue, a frank and open discussion between stakeholders willing to work for the common good and to put, the person, with its human dignity, at the center of public policies.


The dialogue will engage around 350 participants, from 28 delegations of all EU countries, among which high-level EU politicians, cardinals, bishops, priests, ambassadors, academics, representatives of diverse Catholic organisations and movements and from other Christian denominations.


Participants will gather at New Synod Hall on the 27th of October and will continue dialoguing in workshops the following day, before joining the general debate ending with the Papal address on the 28th.


All information for media professionals, including the final program and the logo of the event, can be downloaded from the official webpage of (Re)Thinking Europe. During the event, the website will be updated constantly with video, audio and text interviews in various languages.


Journalists and media operators who intend to cover the event are invited to follow the instructions of the Holy See Press Office, below:


Accreditation Procedure

Journalists and media operators who intend to attend the opening ceremony and/or the closing ceremony and/or the Holy Mass at the Basilica of Saint Peter, on the occasion of the Dialogue “(Re)Thinking Europe”, must send a request for TEMPORARY accreditation by completing the online form available in the accreditations section in the Holy See Press Office website:

Those who already have ORDINARY accreditation at the Holy See Press Office must send a request to participate, to:

All requests must be received at least 24 hours before the event.


Access and participation

  • On 27 October, to enter the New Synod Hall for the opening ceremony (2:00 p.m.), accredited journalists and media operators shall gather in the area in front of the entrance to the Paul VI Hall, at 1:30 p.m.
  • On 28 October, to enter the New Synod Hall for the closing ceremony (4:45 p.m.), accredited journalists and media operators will gather in the area in front of the entrance to the Paul VI Hall, at 3:45 p.m.
  • On 29 October, to enter Saint Peter’s Basilica and attend Holy Mass (9:00 a.m.), accredited journalists and media operators must enter from the Petriano Entrance (Piazzale del Sant’Uffizio), at no later than 8:15 a.m.

Due to limited space inside the New Synod Hall, priority criteria may be adopted with regard to access.


Interviews to the participants to the Dialogue

The COMECE Press Office is available to organize interviews with the participants to the Dialogue. On 27th and 28th October, before, during and immediately after each session, interviews can be conducted in the rooms nearby the New Synod Hall where the Dialogue will take place.


In this regard, journalists may refer to:

Alessandro Di Maio (EN, ES, IT)                []

Thierry Bonaventura (EN, FR, IT)             []

Matthias Kopp (EN, DE, IT)                      []



For particular issues or problems strictly related to the accreditation procedure, the Accreditations Office may be contacted via e-mail at or by telephone on +39-06-698.921, Monday to Friday, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.


(Re)Thinking Europe on-line

Official Website


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Twitter: @ComeceEu

Official Hashtag: #EU60dialogue

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