26 January 2024

NEWS | Article 17 High-Level Meeting features COMECE contribution

22/01 - COMECE participated in the Article 17 TFEU Annual High-Level meeting between the European Commission and religious leaders on the theme “The European Way of Life in times of instability”. The meeting was hosted by Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission and responsible for Article 17 TFEU Dialogue. The COMECE delegation was composed of Mgr. Mariano Crociata, President, and Mgr. Theodorus C.M. Hoogenboom, President of the Legal Affairs Commission.

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📑 Speeches: Mgr. CrociataMgr. Hoogenboom
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NEWS | European Churches meet with the Belgian EU Presidency

COMECE and CEC meeting with Belgian ambassador
22/01 - An ecumenical COMECE-CEC delegation met with Ambassador Willem van de Voorde, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the EU, to discuss the priorities of the Belgian EU Presidency. The meeting was a fruitful occasion to present and share Churches’ contributions to the main policy areas of the Belgian Presidency of the EU Council.

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📑 COMECE-CEC Contribution

NEWS | Mgr. Crociata supports the inclusion of religious organisations in the ECBA Directive

24/11 - During the launch of 'Osservatorio su Enti Religiosi Patrimonio Ecclesiastico e Organizzazioni No-Profit', the President of COMECE, Mgr. Mariano Crociata, supported the idea of including religious organisations in the Directive on the European Cross-Border Associations (ECBA), which was recently proposed by the European Commission.

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NEWS | COMECE follows up to Pope’s encouragement – contributes to Christians-Marxists dialogue

pope francis dialop
24/12 - COMECE actively participated in the Dialop Transversal Dialogue Conference on Integral Ecology held in Loppiano (Italy). General Secretary Fr. Barrios Prieto: “The Church needs today to be prophetic in the real sense of the word, reading the signs of the times, raising awareness, making the cry of the poor her own and calling for repentance and radical change”.

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📺 Videos of the event
📑 Pope Francis’ greetings
📑 Fr. Barrios Prieto’s speech: ENIT

NEWS | European Commission recognises the crucial role of young people in EU policymaking

18/01 - The European Commission unveiled its Communication on the legacy of the 2022 European Year of Youth, a pivotal document set to determine the course of action in the area of youth policy in the next years. COMECE: “It is important that the EU recognises the crucial role of young people in policymaking and strengthens intergenerational dialogue at all levels of its action, especially in light of the European elections this year”.

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NEWS | COMECE welcomes EP report on preventive diplomacy

23/01 - COMECE welcomes the report of the European Parliament on the role of preventive diplomacy for an effective EU external action. We appreciate the recognition of faith-based actors as partners in conflict resolution and the importance of interreligious dialogue for comprehensive and inclusive peacebuilding.

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NEWS | International Education Day

10/01 - On International Education Day, COMECE called on EU and national stakeholders to promote integral quality education, "ensuring that the next generations of adults grow up in the respect of the diversity of other religions, cultural identities and traditions".

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Christian ARTworks | The Greek-Catholic Cathedral of Saint Nicholas (Romania)

20/12 - Our ‘Christian Heritage month by month’ column presents you the Greek-Catholic Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in the Diocese of Oradea Mare, Romania, a place of prayer for all Romanian faithful, regardless of denomination.

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OPPORTUNITY | COMECE launches its 2024 internship programme

12/12 - COMECE launched its Internship Programme for Fall 2024, aiming to offer participants a comprehensive understanding of the European Union policy and decision-making processes, along with honing their advocacy skills.
Interns will have the chance to immerse themselves in the dynamic world of EU policy, gaining insights into the complexities of decision-making and contributing to the advocacy efforts of COMECE.
The placement is designed for a flexible duration, allowing interns to engage for a minimum of 3 months and up to a maximum of 5 months. The internship is set to begin in September 2024. Applications will be accepted until 16 February 2024.

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Next at COMECE

30 January
Breakfast event of the European Sunday Alliance (ESA). Click here for more information about the Alliance and its activity.

30 January
Webinar “For Armenia and the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh: Urgent Aid, Justice and Peace”, be organised by Justice and Peace Europe. More info

31 January
Fr. Barrios Prieto will celebrate Mass in the European Parliament, in Brussels, at 8:30 (Room ASP 00H152).

31 January
Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto will celebrate Mass at the Church of Our Lady of the Sablon (Brussels) at 19:00 with the “Hermandad del Rocío” for the nomination of Mr Juan Manauel Moreno Bonilla, President of Andalusia, as Honorary Brother.

1 February
Fr. Barrios Prieto will participate in the Interfaith Harmony Breakfast to be held by Sant Egidio.

1 February
COMECE Adviser José Luis Bazán will participate in a meeting of the Catholic Response for Ukraine Working Group (CR4U).

4 February
Fr. Barrios Prieto will celebrate the Mass with the Italian community at the Church of St. Alix (Brussels) at 11.30.

12-13 February
Adviser Marek Mišák will participate in the Symposium “Challenges of Russia’s War against Ukraine and the Ethical Principles of Sustainable Peace in Europe” to be held in Munich, Germany. The event is organised by the Ludwig Maximilian University (Munich), the Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv) and the University of Notre Dame (USA).

13 February
Secretary General Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto will participate in an Article 17 TFEU dialogue meeting to be held at the European Parliament. The meeting will focus on disinformation and foreign interference in view of the EU elections.

14 February
COMECE organises the event “The role of Churches and faith-based organisations in fighting trafficking in human beings” to be held at the European Parliament (Room A5F385). The conference is sponsored by MEP Juan Ignacio Zoido Alvarez (EPP – Spain). More details will be shared in the next days.

16 February
H.E. Mgr. Mariano Crociata will preside over the monthly Standing Committee meeting.

19-21 February
H.E. Mgr. Aegidius Zsifkovics, Bishop of Eisenstadt, will visit Brussels to meet with various EU representatives. The visit will also be an occasion to meet with the staff of the Secretariat of COMECE. He will be accompanied by a group of Austrian journalists.

23-25 February
Adviser Emilio Dogliani will participate in the Congress on Catholic Education to be held in Madrid, Spain.

26 February
COMECE will host the yearly meeting of the Brussels-based Catholic organisations working with the EU institutions.

29 February-1 March
H.E. Mgr. Theodorus C.M. Hoogenboom will preside over the COMECE Legal Affairs Commission. On this occasion, the members of the Commission will also visit the EU Court of Justice, Luxembourg, and exchange with some of its judges.


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