13 October 2023

STATEMENT | “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!”

10/10 - In the context of the current dramatic and devastating events unfolding in the Holy Land, the President of COMECE, H.E. Mgr. Mariano Crociata, expressed on behalf of the EU Bishops prayerful closeness and solidarity with the families of all the victims of the massive attacks targeting innocent civilians in Israel.
Sharing Pope Francis’ sorrowful concern for this grave situation, Mgr. Crociata also called on all parties involved to cease the attacks, release the kidnapped hostages and halt the spiral of violence.
He equally appealed to the international community, including the European Union, to make every effort to contribute to a de-escalation of the situation, while ensuring the fundamental rights of all people in the region and respecting the historical and legal Status Quo of all the Holy Shrines.

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NEWS | COMECE Social Affairs Commission discusses solidarity-based policies to combat poverty in the EU

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12/10 - H.E. Mgr. Joseph Galea-Curmi presided over the autumn meeting of our Social Affairs Commission. In dialogue with EU institutions representatives, the members of the Commission focused on bolstering solidarity-based policies to combat poverty within the European Union.

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YOUTH | COMECE Youth Platform to prepare toolkit in view of 2023 EU elections

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10/10 - The COMECE Youth Platform met to exchange on democracy, participation and disinformation with Prof. Steven van Hecke. The meeting was an opportunity to shape the toolkit the Platform is preparing in view of the 2024 EU elections. Stay tuned for more updates!

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

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

VIDEO | Watch the documentary 'Canillitas' on child labour in the Dominican Republic to be screened at COMECE

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09/10 - The documentary 'Canillitas' was screened at the Secretariat of COMECE in collaboration with Don Bosco International and Misiones Salesianas. The documentary narrates the daily problems and aspirations of six child workers in the Dominican Republic who dream of leaving behind their work and becoming good professionals. The film sheds light on the issue of child labour in the Dominican Republic while showcasing the efforts of the Salesian Missionaries in supporting these children as they strive to achieve their dreams.

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NEWS | Exchanging on the Apostolic Exhortation "Laudate Deum"

10/10 - The General Secretary of COMECE, Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto, received Sabine B Frank, Executive Director of Carbon Market Watch, an independent research organisation with expertise in carbon pricing. Among the topics discussed, Pope Francis's recently published Apostolic Exhortation "Laudate Deum".

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STATEMENT | CCEE Presidency releases statement on the humanitarian emergency in Nagorno Karabakh

10/10 - The Presidency of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE) released a statement to express concern at the humanitarian emergency in Nagorno Karabakh. The Bishops appeal “for dialogue between Azerbaijan and Armenia in view of a lasting agreement that puts the human person at the centre".

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REPORT | ACN publishes its report on Freedom of religion around the world

07/10 - During the campaign "To believe is your right" organised by Aid to the Church in Need at the Paul VI Foundation in Madrid, our adviser José Luis Bazán highlighted the need to protect all dimensions of religious freedom around the world and to give Christian faith visibility in the public sphere.

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Next at COMECE

15-17 October
COMECE will participate in the High-Level Panel discussion on Interreligious dialogue in Europe organised by KAICIID in collaboration with the Muslim-Jewish Leadership Council (MJLC) and the European Muslim Leaders Majlis (EuLeMa) taking place in Seville (Spain). COMECE will be represented by adviser José Luis Bazán.

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

17 October
Meeting of the Steering Group of the European Laudato Si' Alliance (ELSiA).

20 October
COMECE will participate in a meeting of the Christian Group on Migration and Asylum. The meeting will take place in Brussels.

23-24 October
COMECE will participate in the Festakt and Versammlung FEECA taking place in Vienna (Austria).

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.

28 November
Autumn meeting of the COMECE Commission on Ethics. The meeting will be presided over by H.E. Mgr. Anton Jamnik. The meeting will take place in Brussels.

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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