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12 May 2023

🔴 EUROPE DAY | Mgr. Crociata: “necessary efforts to overcome conflict and achieve a just peace”

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09/06 - On Europe Day, the President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), H.E. Mgr. Mariano Crociata, issued a statement calling "for every effort to be made to overcome conflict, so as to achieve a just peace - indispensable prerequisites for the growth of all within the European Union and beyond its borders".

📑 Download the Statement [ENIT]
🎙 Listen Mgr. Crociata's radio interview [IT]

NEWS | COMECE President at EPP workshop in Vienna addresses the role of Christian values in today's political scenario

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03/05 - The President of COMECE, H.E. Mgr. Mariano Crociata, participated in the Workshop “Christian democracy as the EPP’s Heritage and Future”, held in Vienna on 27-28 April 2023 by the European People’s Party (EPP).
Mgr. Crociata was invited to address the role of Christian values in today’s political scenario in Europe. The event featured the participation of Dubrovka Šuica, Vice-President of the EU Commission and Commissioner on Democracy and Demography, as well as Manfred Weber, President of the EPP.

📑 Mgr. Crociata's keynote speech [IT]

EVENT | Conference in view of the European Year of Skills 2023. Registration is now open!

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08/05 - Following the publication of the joint contribution on the European Year of Skills, COMECE and its partners invite you to the conference “Grounded in the Present, skilled for the Future”, addressing reskilling and upskilling in the context of the current challenges of the labour market and in education in the EU. The event will be held at COMECE premises, in Brussels, on Wednesday 31 May 2023, from 09:00 to 13:00 (CEST).

📎 Info & Registration

NEWS | Young delegates of the EU Bishops’ Conferences discuss the role of youth in fostering the European project

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03/05 - Youth delegates of the EU Bishops’ Conferences gathered in Brussels on 27-28 April 2023 for the Spring Meeting of the COMECE Youth Net, focused on the role of young Catholics in the European project. Fr. Barrios Prieto: “Young Catholics are a precious source of inspiration and vitality for the European project. The youth should be further included in the EU decision-making process”.

📰 Read the Press Release
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VIDEO | Video recording of the Conference “Towards a new model for companies in Europe” is now online

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11/05 - The video of the conference “Towards a new model for companies in Europe” is now online on our YouTube channel. The conference took place in Brussels on Wednesday 3 May 2023 in two sessions, at the European Parliament (hosted by MEP Patrizia Toia) and at Chapel for Europe. The video we present here is of the second session. The conference was co-organised by COMECE, the Arizmendiarrieta Foundation Foundation and the Chapel for Europe. The video is courtesy of the Chapel for Europe.

📺 Video recording
📷 Photo Gallery

NEWS | The European Sunday Alliance advocates for including the fight against loneliness in the EU agenda

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02/05 - The European Sunday Alliance held a Breakfast event in the European Parliament on the topic “Work and loneliness: Quality resting time for an improved mental health of workers”. Participants discussed the need for flexibility in the labour market in a post-Covid context, while securing a synchronised weekly day of rest. The discussion highlighted that a common day of rest would decrease loneliness, improve mental health and allow families to have quality time together for community life, social friendship and spiritual activities.

📰 Read the Press Release
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EVENT | Public debate on the upcoming EU-CELAC Summit to take place in early June. Registration is now open!

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12/05 - In view of the upcoming EU-CELAC Summit, COMECE invites you to participate to a public debate reflecting on ways to make the Summit an occasion to promote global justice and a partnership of equals. The event will take place in Brussels, in a hybrid setting, on Tuesday, 6 June 2023, from 16:00 to 18:00 (CET).

📎 Info & Registration

NEWS | COMECE welcomes the withdrawal of the proposed Danish law on the mandatory translation of sermons

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27/04 - COMECE welcomes the withdrawal of the proposed Danish legislation obliging Churches and religious communities to translate in the national language all sermons. COMECE President, Mgr. Crociata: “The draft bill would have had a negative implication for the protection of freedom of religion in Europe”.

📰 Read the Press Release

NEWS | COMECE congratulates re-election of Caritas Europa's leadership

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12/05 - COMECE congratulates Mgr. Michael Landau and Maria Nyman on their re-election as President and General Secretary of Caritas Europa respectively. COMECE General Secretary Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto: "We are looking forward to maintaining and increasing the fruitful collaboration we have had these last years working to promote human dignity and fight poverty in Europe".

📰 Read Caritas Europa's Press Release

NEWS | COMECE participates in a FAFCE International Symposium on "family networks as an antidote to loneliness"

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11/05 - COMECE adviser Friederike Ladenburger contributed to the conference "Family networks: Antidote to loneliness", held in Murcia by the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) and hosted by the Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM). Ladenburger presented our mission of dialogue with the EU. You can read our recent activities on loneliness by clicking on the two following links:

📑 Meeting on loneliness held by Swedish EU Presidency
📑 European Sunday Alliance advocates EU to fight loneliness

NEWS | Senior adviser Michael Kuhn parts on retirement after over 26 years of service at COMECE

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27/04 - This date seals the end of a lifetime of achievements at COMECE for our dear colleague Michael Kuhn. After over 26 years of committed service, he parts on retirement. The Staff of the Secretariat will miss you and wish you all the best in this new chapter of your life and in your future project.

REFLECTION | COMECE General Secretary shares a reflection on the role of the Church in Europe

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09/05 - COMECE General Secretary Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto shares some reflections on the ongoing war in Ukraine and the role of the Catholic Church in the European Union. The article was published in the April issue of the Spanish magazine Ecclesia - revista.

📰 Read the Article [ES]

PHOTO | A group of priests visits COMECE to exchange on EU affairs

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25/04 - The Secretariat of COMECE welcomed a group of priests studying at the Holy Spirit College of the Catholic University of Leuven engaged in their Master and PhD. Together with our advisers José Luis Bazan and Friederike Ladenburger, they exchanged on ethical issues, EU policies on asylum, migration and Freedom of Religion outside of the European Union.

PHOTO | Delegation of Caritas Colombia visits COMECE

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04/05 - A delegation of Caritas Colombia led by Fr. Rafael Castillo visited the Secretariat of COMECE to exchange on the role of the local Church in the ongoing peace process in Colombia, as well as in accompanying refugees. In this context, we suggest you read our latest document elaborated in view of the EU-CELAC Summit.

Next at COMECE

15 May
COMECE Annual Data Protection experts meeting to be presided by H.E. Mgr. Theororus C. M. Hoogenboom.

16 May
COMECE and Sant'Egidio co-organise a closed-door dialogue meeting with H.E. Mgr. Matthew Hassan Kulah, Bishop of Sokoto (Nigeria) and member of the Holy See Dicastery on Integral Human Development. The meeting will feature the participation fo representatives of the EU institutions.

16-17 May
The first meeting of the newly established Commission on Culture and Education is to take place at the COMECE Secretariat. The event will be presided by H.E. Mgr. Janusz Stepnowski (Poland).

17 May
COMECE will receive the visit of an ecumenical delegation led by the Austrian Bishops' Conference.

23 May
Delegation of Caritas Marsabit from Kenya to visit the COMECE Secretariat. The meeting is facilitated by Caritas Europa.

24-25 May
Meeting of the COMECE Commission on EU External Affairs to be presided by H.E. Mgr. Jan Vokál (Czech Republic). The members of the Commission will also participate in an event on the ongoing war in Ukraine to be held at the European Parliament.

24-26 May
COMECE will participate in the CCEE Press Officer Meeting to take place in Cyprus with a focus on Artificial Intelligence.

26 May
The European Laudato Si' Alliance organises the 2023 European Laudato Si' Reflection Day.

30 May
COMECE-CEC Ecumenical delegation to meet with Jakob Forssmed, Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health, in the context of the Swedish EU Presidency. H.E. Mgr. Mariano Crociata, will lead the COMECE delegation.

31 May
Executive Meeting of Justice and Peace Europe.

31 May
Conference on upskilling, training and education in the EU to be organised by COMECE, Don Bosco International (DBI) and the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE), in cooperation with the Brussels office of Evangelische Kirche Deutschland (EKD) and the European Laudato Si’ Alliance (ELSiA). Info & Registration

1 June
The first meeting of the newly established Commission on Migration and Asylum is to take place at the COMECE Secretariat. The event will be presided by H.E. Mgr. Jozef Hal'ko (Slovakia).

6 June
COMECE Standing Committee will take place in Brussels. The meeting is to be presided by H.E. Mgr. Mariano Crociata.

6 June
Ecumenical Pentecost Prayer Breakfast is to take place at the European Parliament with the participation of the COMECE Presidency. More info will be shared in the next few days.

6 June
In view of the upcoming EU-CELAC Summit, COMECE invites you to participate to a public debate reflecting on ways to make the Summit an occasion to promote global justice and a partnership of equals. The event will take place in Brussels, in a hybrid setting. Info & Registration

7 June
COMECE will receive the visit of a group of students from the Catholic University of Milan.
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