22 July 2022

NEWS | COMECE welcomes launch of EU accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia

20/07 - The Bishops of the European Union congratulate Albania and North Macedonia on the opening of EU accession negotiations. COMECE General Secretary Fr. Barrios Prieto: “a credible EU enlargement process is of strategic importance for stability, prosperity and peace on the European continent. We warmly congratulate Albania and North Macedonia and their people, who have long awaited this moment with hope and faith”. Read the News

DOCUMENT | COMECE 2021 Annual Report Now Online

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19/07 - The report includes a special feature on the Conference on the Future of Europe, highlighting the contribution of COMECE to this EU initiative. In the foreword article opening the publication, H.Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, President of COMECE, calls on all of us to keep cultivating hope because “it is the most divine thing that can exist in the heart of mankind”. Read the 2021 Annual Report | Read previous Annual Reports

VIDEO | Video recordings of the 5th European Laudato Si’ Reflection Day now available!

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20/07 - The video recordings of the 5th Laudato Si’ Reflection Day are now available! The event was held on 17 May 2022 by the European Laudato Si’ Alliance (ELSiA) to reflect on environmental activism in Europe. Read the webnews

List of the video recordings available:
  • Opening remarks and prayer: by H.E. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, President of COMECE and Honorary President of ELSiA;
  • Session 1: an intergenerational dialogue on climate activism with Ernst Ulrich von Weiszacher and Monika Skadborg;
  • Session 2, Part A: Fast Fashion vs Sustainable Fashion with Anne Tran, Dr Charu Jain, Eleonora Evi MEP and Paola Migliorini, European Commission;
  • Session 2, Part B: Biodiversity with Amy Echeverria – Columban Mission and Angelo Salsi, CINEA;
  • Session 2, Part C: Fast Food vs Sustainable Food Production with Marta Mess, Slow Food Europe, Dr Marta Antonelli, Barilla Foundation and Paschalis Loucaides, "Too Good To Go";
  • Session 3: Youths leading the change with “The Future lies with Youth”, “On-Eko” and “Armadio Etico”;
  • Session 4: A fair and just ecological transition for all with Dr Elisabeth Sawin – Multisolving Institute, Dr Mark Charlesworth – St. Mary’s University, Lorenzo Roesel of CISL, Ciaran Foulds, theologian.

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

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.
Vote for our website and share this link: VOTE NOW!
PHOTO | Archdiocese of Utrecht hosts the COMECE team for a day-trip
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14/07 - Invited by H.E. Mgr. Theodorus Hoogenboom (The Netherlands), the COMECE team spent a day in the Archdiocese of Utrecht to explore its religious, cultural and social realities. During this one-day trip, the team of COMECE was also received by H.Em. Cardinal Wim Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht.
On behalf of the entire Secretariat of COMECE, General Secretary Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto thanked Card. Eijk and Mgr. Hoogenboom for the invitation and the hospitality. "It was an extraordinary experience in a beautiful European city and archdiocese, striving to be faithful to its mission in difficult times".
Mgr. Hoogenboom is the Dutch Bishop Delegate to the Assembly of COMECE. He is also the President of the COMECE Legal Affairs Commission.

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

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Summer break
The COMECE Secretariat will be closed until 22 August.
We wish you all a blessed Summer break.


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