17 June 2022

STATEMENT | COMECE to the European Council: “renew your efforts for peace in Ukraine and implement a credible EU enlargement process”

17/06 - In a recent statement, COMECE urges the European leaders gathering for the upcoming European Council to renew their efforts for peace in Ukraine and to implement a credible EU enlargement process. Mgr. Norvila, President of the COMECE Commission on the EU External Relations: "a new architecture of peace in Europe and worldwide is needed". Read the Press Release | Read the Statement

NEWS | High-level Ukrainian interreligious delegation visits COMECE

15/06 - A high-level delegation of religious leaders from Ukraine visited the Secretariat of COMECE and exchanged with representatives of EU Churches and religious communities on perspectives for peace in their war-torn country and ways to support the Ukrainian population. Read the WebNews | Photo Gallery

VIDEO | Catholic Youth Convention: Young European Catholics meet with Commissioner Várhelyi

15/06 - The full video of the 2nd session of the 2nd Catholic Youth Convention on the Future of Europe is now available on our YouTube channel. The event, entitled “Sharing our dreams on the Future of Europe”, was held on Thursday 15 June 2022 by COMECE and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Read the Press Release | Watch the video

DECLARATION | COMECE General Secretary: "there is no recognised right to abortion in European or International Law"

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08/06 - "From a legal perspective, there is no recognised right to abortion in European or International Law. Therefore, no State can be obliged to legalize abortion, or to facilitate it, or be instrumental to perform it", stated Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto, General Secretary of COMECE, in a public declaration released in view of a discussion of the European Parliament on “Global threats to abortion rights: the possible overturn of abortion rights in the US by the Supreme Court”. The day after, MEPs voted in favour a motion criticising US' highest court over its draft decision to overturn the landmark "Roe versus Wade case". In his declaration, the General Secretary also highlighted the "unacceptable interference in the democratic jurisdictional decisions of a sovereign state, a country that is also not a Member State of the EU".
Read the Statement: EN | FR | DE | ES

INTERVIEW | COMECE comments on EP adoption of a resolution to uphold the right to abortion in the US Constitution

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09/06 - Interviewed by Vatican News, Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto, General Secretary of COMECE, commented the European Parliament's adoption of a resolution to uphold the right to abortion in the US Constitution. In his intervention, he reiterated COMECE's call for protecting the right of unborn children to life. During the interview, Fr. Barrios Prieto also called for the protection of women from social, family, professional and economic crises, noting that a woman who has other possibilities would be less likely to consider an abortion.
Read and listen the interview: EN | IT | ES

NEWS | COMECE participates in the CCEE meeting of communication officers of Bishops' Conferences in Europe

09-11/06 - COMECE participated in the annual CCEE meeting gathering Press Officers and Spokespersons of the Bishops' Conferences in Europe. This year the event was held in Tirana in collaboration with the Albanian Bishops' Conference. At the heart of the proceedings was “the commitment to peace and the synodal path”: together reflecting on the challenges facing the Church due to the conflict in Ukraine and in the light of the Synodal path initiated by Pope Francis.
The event was also a precious opportunity to inform other media experts on COMECE's new digital tools and strategies to step up the coordination among EU and European Bishops' Conferences in the field of communication. CCEE Press Release

NEWS | COMECE congratulates FAFCE for its 25-year anniversary

17/06 - Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto, General Secretary of COMECE, congratulated the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) for its 25-year anniversary. "While talking of the challenges families face, Pope Francis, during the audience on Friday 10 June 2022, mentioned the good collaboration between FAFCE and COMECE, of which - stated Fr. Barrios - we are proud".
Read the address of Pope Francis

NEWS | COMECE Social Affairs Commission focuses on the ongoing energy crisis

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08/06 - Mgr. Antoine Hérouard chaired the Spring meeting of the COMECE Social Affairs Commission, which gathered experts of the EU Bishops' Conferences and representatives of the EU institutions to analyse the energy crisis in Europe following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Photo Gallery

NEWS | COMECE in Vienna for the Burjan Day of Remembrance

10-11/06 - COMECE General Secretary Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto delivered a keynote speech on freedom of conscience and religious freedom during the 2022 Burjan Day of Remembrance held in Vienna, Austria. The event also featured the participation of the General Secretary of the Austrian Bishops' Conference, Peter Schipka, as well as other Church representatives.
Read the News

Next at COMECE

16-17 June
COMECE Working Group on Culture and Education.

21 June
Dialogue meeting on "Due Diligence" with a delegation from Africa, CIDSE and MEPs.

21 June
COMECE General Secretary will participate in the presentation of the book "The Oxfort Handbook of Religion and Europe". The event is hosted by Othmar Karas, First Vice-President of the European Parliament and Responsible for the Article 17 Dialogue.

22 June
Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto will deliver a speech in the context of the EPP Working Group on Intercultural and Religious Dialogue meeting dedicated to the outcome of the Conference on the Future of Europe. The event will take place at the European Parliament.

23 June
Group of Catholic Journalists will visit COMECE to learn more about its mission of dialogue with the EU institutions.

28 June
COMECE Standing Committee to meet in Brussels to discuss on the 2022 Autumn Assembly.

29 June
COMECE and CEC Presidents Card. Hollerich and Rev. Krieger will meet with the President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola to exchange on the implementation of Article 17 Dialogue.

1-2 July
The General Secretary of COMECE, Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto, will participate in the CCEE annual meeting of the General Secretaries of the Bishops' Conferences in Europe. The meeting will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, in collaboration with the local Episcopate.


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