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29 September 2023

INTERVIEW | Mgr. Crociata shares overview on Pope Francis' visit to Marseille

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25/09 - Following his participation in the Pope Apostolic visit to Marseille, the President of COMECE, Mgr. Mariano Crociata, provides an overview of the Mediterranean meetings that took place in the French city on 17-24 September. The text is in Italian.

📰 Interview

NEWS | Second Caravan for Integral Ecology in dialogue with the EU at COMECE

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22/09 - The second Caravan for Integral Ecology of the network Iglesia y Minería visited COMECE and engaged in a dialogue meeting with representatives of the EU institutions on the impacts of mining and extractivism on local communities in Latin America. The dialogue meeting with the representatives of the institutions of the European Union was organised by COMECE, CIDSE and the European Laudato Si’ Alliance (ELSiA).
The delegation was headed by H.E. Mgr. Noel Antonio Londoño Buitrago, Bishop of Jericó (Colombia).

📰 Read Press Release
📸 Photos of the event
📰 AgenSIR interview with members of the delegation [IT]

NEWS | COMECE Legal Affairs Commission exchanges on the Directive on non-profit associations and the Rule of Law 2023 report

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28-29/09 - The COMECE Legal Affairs Commission reconvened for the second meeting of the year. Among the topics that were addressed in dialogue with the European Commission, to be noted are the new proposal for a Directive on non-profit associations and the Rule of Law 2023 reporting cycle.
Experts also discussed with a parliamentary representative the ongoing discussions on the legislative proposal to fight against online child pornography.
Reflections were devoted to the evolution of EU jurisprudence on discrimination on grounds of religion, with particular regard to the wearing of religious symbols at the workplace. GDPR remained a priority, with an exchange of updates on the national contexts. The event took place in a virtual format.

🔗 More info about the Commission

REPORT | COMECE’s Youth Net 2023 annual contribution is now online!

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25/09 - The 2022-2023 Annual Contribution of the COMECE Youth Net is now available online! Young Catholics urge Europe: "human dignity, solidarity, freedom and democracy should be at the forefront of EU's agenda".

📑 Read the report
📰 Read the Press Release

CALL TO ACTION | COMECE encourages Catholic actors to participate in the ELSiA Living Laudato Si’ Survey

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21/09 - COMECE encourages Catholic dioceses and organisations across Europe to participate in the European Laudato Si’ Alliance (ELSiA) survey, which aims to gain an understanding of how Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter “Laudato Si'” has been received across Europe and the initiatives it has inspired.

🔗 The survey is available here

EVENT | Documentary on child labour in the Dominican Republic to be screened at COMECE

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27/09 - We invite you to join the launch event of the documentary Canillitas on the issue of child labour in the Dominican Republic. During the event will also be possible to listen to testimonies from one of the child protagonists of the documentary, as well as from representatives of the Canillitas program. The event is to take place at the COMECE Secretariat on Monday 9 October 2023. Language: Spanish and English.

📰 Info & Registration

DOCUMENT | ACN releases 2023 report on International Religious Freedom

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25/09 - Aid to the Church in Need released its 2023 global freedom of religion report. Our adviser José Luis Bazán: "Christians and all believers have the right to express faith openly in all social areas without ostentation. It's a conscience demand and vital for social peace."

📑 Read more

STATEMENT | IXE releases statement on EU Sustainability Due Diligence Directive

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13/09 - The Initiative of Christians for Europe (IXE), a network of lay organisations and committed Christians from different European countries, published a statement on the EU Sustainability Due Diligence Directive. "Globalisation must not lead to prosperity for the few, but must create justice for all".

📑 Read the statement

NEWS | Vice-President of the Bishops' Conference of Uganda visited the COMECE

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19/09 - Thank you to H.E. Mgr. Sanctus Lino Wanok, Vice-President of the Bishops' Conference of Uganda, who visited our Secretariat. We had a fruitful discussion on the current situation in the African country and on possible opportunities for a closer collaboration especially on inter-religious dialogue and Laudato Si' implementation. He was received by General Secretary Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto and adviser José Luis Bazán.

NEWS | COMECE congratulates Renovabis on Its 30th Anniversary

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19/09 - In gratitude for the 30 years of precious service offered by Renovabis in promoting encounter and reconciliation with Eastern Europe, COMECE was pleased to participate in its International Congress in Munich, discussing peace and freedom in today's European context. The event was attended by COMECE adviser Marek Mišák.

NEWS | Mgr. Vitale from Albania visits COMECE

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11/09 - We express our sincere gratitude to H.E. Mgr. Ottavio Vitale, Bishop of Lezhë (Albania) for his visit to our Secretariat. Our advisers Alessandro Calcagno and Marek Mišák met with him, exchanging on Albania's path towards EU membership and on related challenges and opportunities to advance European integration. Thank you to FAFCE for the facilitation of the meeting.

YOUTH | Ukrainian student starts internship at the COMECE Secretariat

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18/09 - A warm welcome to our new intern, Ivan Prunak! He comes from Khodoriv (Ukraine), he obtained his university degrees in theology and European studies in Ukraine and Belgium. He will assist our advisers in the areas of youth and EU external relations.

🔗 Read his biography

Next at COMECE


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

3 October
COMECE to meet with General Secretary of the Congolese Bishops' Conference, H.E. Mgr. Donatien Nshole.

4 October
Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto to meet with Dr. Kostas Mygdalis, Advisor to the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy.

5 October
COMECE will receive a delegation from REPAM Colombia.

9 October
Documentary on child labour in the Dominican Republic to be screened at COMECE. The event is organised by Don Bosco International, Misiones Salesianas and COMECE. Info about the event

11 October
Online Autumn meeting of the COMECE Youth Platform.

12 October
H.E. Mgr. Joseph Galea-Curmi will preside the autumn meeting of the COMECE Social Affairs Commission.

17 October
COMECE Standing Committee. The meeting will be presided by H.E. Mgr. Mariano Crociata.

25 October
President H.E. Mgr. Mariano Crociata to visit the Secretariat of COMECE, as well as the European Parliament in Brussels.

7-8 November
Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto to participate in the CCEE-CEC Joint Committee to be held in Belgrade, Serbia.

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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