18 March 2023

🔴 NEWS | EU Bishops to elect their new Presidency and to meet with Pope Francis on 22 March in Rome

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13/03 - The Bishops of the European Union will gather in Rome on 22-24 March 2023 to elect their new Presidency. The election will take place in the context of the COMECE Spring Assembly, which will feature in its agenda an audience with Pope Francis and a dialogue session with the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Tajani.

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ARTICLE 17 TFEU | Cardinal Hollerich meets with Croatian Prime Minister Plenković

09/03 - The President of COMECE, H.Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Andrej Plenković, in Split (Croatia) on Thursday 9 March 2023.

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DOCUMENT | Catholic voices on the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive

16/03 - In a statement recently released, Catholic organizations call on the European Parliament to adopt a Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) marking “a true turning point in how the EU addresses the threats that corporate activities pose to our Human Family and Common Home”.

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INTERVIEW | COMECE calls on public authorities to save people in distress at sea

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17/03 - "Saving people in distress at sea is a moral and legal obligation", states José Luis Bazán, COMECE adviser on migration and asylum, in an interview by AgenSIR.

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EVENT | Presentation of the book Beginning with the Many. Horizons of Fraternal Thought

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16/03 - COMECE invites you to the presentation of the book Beginning with the Many. Horizons of Fraternal Thought, to take place on Monday 27 March 2023 in Rome, with the participation of Cardinal Hollerich, Mgr. Paglia, Mgr. Sequeri and economist Prof. Mazzucato.
The book includes theological contributions on some of the most crucial challenges of our era, with a focus on the synodal process. The event will be moderated by journalist Andrea Monda, Director of L'Osservatore Romano.

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CHRISTIAN HERITAGE | The Procession of Saint Vincent

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17/03 - This month, our ‘Christian Heritage month by month’ column presents the Festival of Saint Vincent, one of the most respected events among winemakers in Burgundy, France.

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DOCUMENT | COMECE offers recommendations on EU Human Rights Defenders Guidelines. “It is crucial to strengthen the protection and promotion of human rights and environmental defenders"

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07/03 - COMECE offered some recommendations to the European Parliament in view of the upcoming debate and vote on the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders. The recommendations are included in a document elaborated in close dialogue with human rights defenders in Latin America. They aim at strengthening and promoting human rights and environmental defenders worldwide who – as stated by the Holy Father Pope Francis – “risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis”.

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VIDEO | Brazilian human rights and environmental defender addresses the EU institutions

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07/03 - Brazilian human rights and environmental defender Marina Paula Oliveira contributed to the elaboration of COMECE working document on the European Parliament's vote about the EU Human Rights Defenders Guidelines (see the new above). She realised a video to call on the EU institutions to promote and protect the work of human rights and environmental defenders worldwide. Marina is a former intern of the COMECE Secretariat.

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Next at COMECE

22-24 March 2023
COMECE Spring Plenary Assembly to take place in Rome.

  • 22 March: COMECE Standing Committee
  • 22 March: Assembly of EU Bishops to elect the new Presidency of COMECE
  • 22 March: Meeting of the EU Bishops with H.Em. Pietro Parolin, Cardinal Secretary of State
  • 23 March: Pope Francis to receive COMECE Bishops and members of the Secretariat
  • 23 March: H.E. Mgr. Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States, to address the Assembly of COMECE
  • 23 March: H.Em. Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, President of the Italian Bishops' Conference (CEI), to meet with the Bishops of COMECE
  • 24 March: Hon. Antonio Tajani, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, to address the COMECE Assembly


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