15 July 2022

ARTICLE 17 | Mgr. Vitillo (ICMC) at the European Parliament on the humanitarian response to the war in Ukraine

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13/07 - Following his recent trip to Poland and Ukraine, the General Secretary of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), H.E. Mgr. Robert J. Vitillo, participated in an Article 17 Dialogue meeting at the European Parliament on the Humanitarian response to the war in Ukraine. The event was hosted by Othmar Karas, First Vice-President of the European Parliament and responsible for Article 17 TFEU. The participation of Mgr. Vitillo was facilitated by COMECE. Watch the video of the meeting

VIDEO INTERVIEW | Video interview with Mgr. Vitillo

13/07 - Video interview with ICMC General Secretary Mgr. Vitillo on his recent trip to Poland and Ukraine and on his contribution in the context of the Article 17 TFEU dialogue meeting held at the European Parliament on Tuesday 12 July 2022. Watch the video

NEWS | Cardinal Hollerich to preside over the beatification of Philipp Jeningen SJ

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13/07 - H. Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, Archbishop of Luxembourg and President COMECE, will preside over the beatification celebration of Father Johann Philipp Jeningen SJ on Saturday 16 July 2022 in the city of Ellwangen, Germany. H.E. Mgr. Gebhard Fürst, Bishop of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, and H. E. Mgr. Nikola Eterović, Apostolic Nuncio to Germany, will also concelebrate the beatification Mass. Read the Webnews

YOUTH | Pope Francis sends a message to young people at the EU Youth Conference

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11/07 - "Be open for acceptance, care for the common good and be generative!", Pope Francis sends a message to young people participating in the EU Youth Conference that took place in Prague (Czechia) on 11-13 July. Read the message of Pope Francis | Video of the event | Read more on COMECE activity on youth

OPPORTUNITY | COMECE is looking for an intern!

14/07 - We are currently in search of a young intern who will work in Brussels for the duration of 5 to 8 months alongside COMECE 's pool of legal and policy advisors. Apply now or share | Deadline for application: 22 August 2022

VISIT | Group of former theology students visit COMECE

07/07 - COMECE received a delegation of former students of theology interested in learning more about the activity of the Catholic Church in the EU. The group was composed of former students of theology from the University of Lorraine in Metz (France). During the meeting, the group had also the chance to exchange with Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto, General Secretaries of COMECE, and with Nicola Speranza, General Secretary of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE). If you would like to visit our Secretariat, please contact us.

OPPORTUNITY | Workshop on the state of democracy in the EU to take place in September 2022

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11/07 - The group "Passion for Europe" proposes a residential workshop in the city of Namur (Belgium) on the future of democracy in the European Union. The event is organised under the umbrella of the Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC), one of COMECE's Brussels-based partners. The initiative will take place on 16-18 September 2022. Info & Registration

NEWS | COMECE welcomes EP resolution on indigenous and environmental defenders in Brasil

08/07 - COMECE welcomes the resolution adopted yesterday by the European Parliament on indigenous and environmental defenders in Brasil. The resolution draws attention to their tragic situation, stressing the importance of corporate due diligence to prevent grave human and environmental abuses.

INTERNET | COMECE new website competing for the 2022 Eurid award. Vote for us!

23/06 - The new website of COMECE is competing for the "2022 Eurid Web Award in the "Laureals" category, which includes websites that represent educational institutions, charitable organisations and pan-European projects. Websites that will receive the greatest number of votes will move to the final round. Eurid is the nonprofit organisation appointed by the European Commission as the domain name registry that operates the ".eu" top-level domains.
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Next at COMECE

3-16 July
Graz International Summer School Seggau to take place in Seggauberg, Austria.

19 July
In view of the organisation of the next COMECE Assembly, the General Secretary of COMECE, Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto, will meet with Prof. Philip McDonagh, who played a part in the Northern Ireland peace process in the build-up to the Belfast Agreement. Prof. McDonagh also served as Irish Ambassador to various countries, including the Holy See (2004-2007).

20 July
Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto will meet with Dr. Christian Gsodam, Head of Cabinet of the Secretary General of the European Committee of the Regions, to exchange on Article 17 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.


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