11 March 2022

NEWS | EU Bishops’ President appeals on Moscow Patriarch Kirill: “intercede with Russia to stop the war in Ukraine”

10/03 - The President of the EU Bishops, Cardinal Hollerich, addressed a letter to Moscow Patriarch Kirill on Tuesday 8 March 2022 asking him to issue an urgent appeal to Russian authorities to immediately stop the hostilities against the Ukrainian people.
Read the Press Release | Download the Letter

NEWS | French EU Presidency: COMECE and CEC meet with Ambassador Leglise-Costa

08/03 - A COMECE-CEC delegation met with Ambassador Philippe Leglise-Costa, Permanent Representative of France to the European Union, to exchange on the priorities of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Read the Press Release | Download the COMECE-CEC Contribution

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. The event will be streamed live on the official website.
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

NEWS | COMECE congratulates Katalin Novák on her election as President of Hungary

10/03 - On behalf of COMECE, General Secretary Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto congratulated Katalin Novák on her election as the new president of Hungary. "We look forward to continuing working together with her to promote family as the fundamental cell of our society and the other common values we share" - he stated.

WOMEN'S DAY | Combating violence against women and domestic violence

08/03 - Last week COMECE organised a working group to discuss the necessity to better protect women in a vulnerable situation. The European Commission has recently proposed new rules to combat violence against women and domestic violence.
On the occasion of the International Women's Day and of the international conference "Female Doctors of the Church and Patron Saints of Europe", Osservatore Romano published the article "Tre donne per il futuro dell’Europa" by Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto, General Secretary of COMECE.
Read more about the EU initiative | Read the article on Osservatore Romano

NEWS | Cardinal Hollerich meets with FAFCE President

04/03 - The President of COMECE, H. Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, met with Vincenzo Bassi and Nicola Speranza, President and General Secretary of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) respectively. The meeting was an occasion to discuss many subjects of common interest, among which the COMECE-FAFCE cooperation in the context of the war in Ukraine and of the 3rd edition of the European Catholic Social Days.
Read more about the meeting


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