4 March 2022

SOLIDARITY | Europe's cathedral bells ring out for peace in Ukraine

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03/03 - Landmark cathedrals across Europe chimed in unison on Thursday in a gesture of solidarity with Ukraine, as bystanders gathered to mourn those killed during Russia's invasion and pray for peace.

SOLIDARITY | Ecumenical celebration in Brussels in solidarity with the people of Ukraine

Ecumenical Prayer at the Chapel for Europe
02/03 - Following Pope Francis’s appeal “to everyone, believers and non-believers alike”, to make March 2 – Ash Wednesday – “a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Ukraine”, COMECE, CEC, the Finnish Seamen’s Mission and the Chapel for Europe held an ecumenical celebration in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. During the event, Christians across confessions prayed jointly for peace in Ukraine.

STATEMENT | ESA calls EU leaders to establish a European weekly common day of rest

Representatives of the European Sunday Alliance
03/03 - On the occasion of the Work-Free Sunday International Day, the European Sunday Alliance (ESA) called on political leaders to establish a European weekly common day of rest. “It strengthens the social cohesion of our communities, and it is indispensable to recover and to ensure both a better wellbeing and productivity of workers”, reads the ESA statement.
Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto, General Secretary of COMECE, explained that a synchronized common day of rest “enables people to spend time with their family and friends, to care for others, especially the most vulnerable, to play together with their children and friends, to enjoy contact with nature and to nourish their cultural and spiritual life and pursue other interests and hobbies”.
COMECE is a founder member of the European Sunday Alliance.
Read the Press Release | Download the Statement | Visit the ESA website

EVENT | 3rd edition of the European Catholic Social Days to be held in Bratislava on 17-20 March 2022

Screeshot of the official website of the 3rd European Catholic Social Days
01/03 - The 3rd edition of the European Catholic Social Days will be held on 17-20 March 2022 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The event aims to promote dialogue on social justice within the Church and among Europeans in a context marked by demographic imbalances, technological disruption and ecological injustices.
During these 3rd European Catholic Social Days special attention will also be paid to the situation in Ukraine and the Eastern border of the EU and moments of prayer will be organised to ask for peace and the conversion of the hearts.
Journalists and media operators who would like to attend and cover the event can now request their accreditation.
Read the Press Release | Request Media accredidation | Visit the official website

EVENT | International Academic Conference "Female Doctors of the Church & Patron Saints of Europe in Dialogue with Today's World"

Programme of the Conference
18/02 - The Catholic University of Avila (UCAV), in collaboration with the Pontifical Urbaniana University and the Institute for Advanced Studies on Women of the Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum, is promoting an international inter-university congress on female doctors of the Church and patrons of Europe. The event will benefit training projects in Lebanon. The conference will take place on 7-8 March 2022. Click here to register


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