18 September 2023

STATEMENT | COMECE President says that fraternity and solidarity are key to managing migratory flows

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13/09 - "The current challenges in managing migratory flows must not overshadow the necessary fraternity towards migrants in vulnerable situations, nor weaken the bonds of solidarity among the members of the EU", COMECE President Mgr. Mariano Crociata states.

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SPEECH | Mgr. Crociata meets with the EU States' ambassadors to the Holy See

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13/09 - "The openness to further EU enlargement will foster a richer dynamic where the logic of unity prevails in the balance between national needs and EU demands", the President of COMECE, Mgr. Mariano Crociata, stated during a meeting with the ambassadors of the EU Member States to the Holy See.

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STATEMENT | COMECE and Katholisches Büro express concerns over EP SoHO Regulation Draft

12/07 - COMECE and the Katholisches Büro in Berlin expressed deep concerns about some formulations proposed by the ENVI Committee concerning the SoHO Regulation.
The European Parliament adopted the position, which will now be subjected to the trialogue with the European Commission and the Council of the EU.
COMECE stressed that does not oppose the regulation as such, but underlined some reservations. “The danger lies in the possibility that such a definition may degrade the dignity and value of human life, creating an unacceptable equivalence between embryos and foetuses and simple skin cells or blood plasma”, Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto, Secretary General of COMECE, explained.

📑 Read the Statement [ENDE]
🎙 Interviews [EN - ES - IT]

SPEECH | Mgr. Crociata on current and future EU challenges and the contribution of the Church

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11/09 - During the opening day of the seminar for theology professors and pastoral assistants titled 'Artefici e custodi della pace' held at the Episcopal Seminary Residence in Bergamo by the Catholic University of Milan, the President of COMECE, H.E. Mgr. Mariano Crociata, delivered a speech underlining that "Europe needs a political project of unity in which all countries find something of their own aspirations and the space to provide their original contribution".

📑 Read the speech
📺 Video of the event

INTERVIEW | COMECE President Mgr. Crociata recalls the enduring example of Robert Schuman

04/09 - On the 60th anniversary of the passing of venerable Robert Schuman - one of the founding fathers of the EU - H.E. Mgr. Mariano Crociata, President of COMECE, reflects on the enduring significance of Schuman's message and actions.

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EVENT | COMECE celebrates a holy mass in memory of venerable Robert Schuman

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04/09 - COMECE and the Chapel for Europe celebrated a holy mass in memory of Robert Schuman, one of the prominent founding fathers of the European Union, on the day of the 60th anniversary of his passing away. In 2021, Pope Francis officially recognised Robert Schuman's commitment to Christian values by declaring him venerable.
We invite you to read the homily offered by Fr. Krystian Sowa sj from the Chapel for Europe, as well as a comment from the COMECE General Secretary.

📑 Fr. Sowa's homily
📰 Fr. Barrios' interview

VIDEO | Watch EC President's speech on the State of the Union

13/09 - We encourage you to watch the complete video recording of the speech on the State of the Union, delivered by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, at the Plenary of the European Parliament held in Strasbourg on Wednesday 13 September 2023. The video also includes the debate that followed the speech.

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VIDEO | Watch the COMECE Youth Net Event for World Youth Day in Lisbon

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08/09 - The video of the COMECE panel discussion, ‘Christian Testimonies Between Faith and Social Engagement,’ held in Lisbon in the context of World Youth Day, is now available together with the speech of our First Vice-President Mgr. Antoine Hérouard.

📰 Read the Press Release
📺 Watch the full video
📑 Read Mgr. Hérouard's speech

VIDEO | Apostolic Nuncio to the EU: “Politics thrives on dialogue”

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04/09 - The Apostolic Nuncio to the European Union, H.E. Mgr. Noël Treanor, participated in the St. Michael Annual Reception held in Berlin on Monday 4 September 2023 by the German Bishop Conference (DBK) and its liaison office in Berlin. The event featured the participation of the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

📺 Watch the complete video
📑 Read the Statements

NEWS | COMECE congrats its former General Secretary Fr. Poquillon on his recent appointment as Director of EBAF

06/09 - Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto and the entire staff of the COMECE Secretariat expressed their warm congratulation to Fr. Olivier Poquillon op, former General Secretary of the EU Bishops' headquarter in Brussels, on his recent appointment as the new director of the École Biblique et Arquéologique Française de Jérusalem.

📰 More info
📺 Video interview

VISIT | A delegation of the Diocese of Augsburg visits COMECE

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06/09 - A delegation of the Diocese of Augsburg visited the Secretariat of COMECE to learn more about our mission of dialogue with EU institutions and discuss about Europe's current challenges, especially on Ukraine, Green Deal, and youth.

Next at COMECE

20 September
COMECE will participate in an Article 17 TFEU Stakeholders meeting with EP Vice-President Karas.

22 September
COMECE will receive a delegation of Iglesia y Mineria in order to exchange on the social and environmental impact of mining activities in Latin American countries. COMECE will also facilitate some dialogue meetings between the delegation and representatives of the EU institutions. The delegation is headed by H.E. Mgr. Noel Antonio Londoño Buitrago, Bishop of Jericó (Colombia).

22-23 September
The President of COMECE, Mgr. Mariano Crociata, will participate in the event “Rencontres Méditerranéennes” taking place in Marseille, France. The event will also feature the presence of Pope Francis. More info

25 September
COMECE representatives will participate in the Bishop Tadeis Pieronek Foundation Award Ceremony, which will take place at the European Parliament. This year the award will be given to the EP President Roberta Metsola.

26 September
Secretary General will receive Marija Kolak from the National Association of German Cooperative Banks.

28-29 September
H.E. Mgr. Hoogenboom will preside over the Autumn meeting of the COMECE Legal Affairs Commission. The meeting will be online.

29-30 September
General Secretary Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto will participate in the Krakow Conference, Poland.

8-10 November
The 2023 Autumn General Assembly of COMECE will take place in Brussels. The event will be presided over by President H.E. Mgr. Mariano Crociata.

15 November
Autumn meeting of the COMECE Commission on the External Affairs of the European Union. The meeting will presided over by H.E. Mgr. Jan Vokál. The meeting will be online.

17 November
Autumn meeting of the COMECE Commission on Culture and Education. The meeting will be presided over by H.E. Janusz Stepnowski. The meeting will be held online.

27-30 November
General Secretary Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto will participate in the CCEE Plenary Assembly to take place in Malta.

30 November-2 December
Adviser Alessandro Calcagno will participate in the CCEE meeting of Bishops’ Conferences legal advisers.

4 December
COMECE Standing Committee meeting to be chaired by H.E. Mgr. Mariano Crociata.

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