7 October 2022

NEWS | EU Bishops empower young people and launch the COMECE Youth Net

05/10 - H.Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ launched the COMECE Youth Net, a new consultative body that will accompany the work of the Secretariat of COMECE and be consulted on various policy dossiers, bringing the youth perspective in all dimensions of EU policymaking, as well young people’s diverse sensitivity on current political and social challenges. Cardinal Hollerich: "I will promote the concrete participation of young European Catholics in shaping EU policies”. Read the Press Release

NEWS | Mgr. Hoogenboom chairs the COMECE Legal Affairs Commission

29-30/09 - H.E. Mgr. Theodorus Hoogenboom chaired the COMECE Legal Affairs Commission that gathered legal experts of the EU Episcopates to exchange with representatives of the EU Commission and academics on fighting online child sexual abuse, on primacy of EU law, cross-border family law, GDPR, Freedom of Religion in the EU and non-profit law. The next meeting of the Commission is to take place on 2-3 March 2023.

NEWS | COMECE on World Day for Decent Work

Confident Female Factory Worker
07/10 - On the occasion of the World Day for Decent Work, Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto, General Secretary of COMECE, reiterated the Catholic Church's readiness "to work with the EU institutions for new models of production and consumption, for a fair DigitalTransition, a dignified salary, better social protection and a common weekly day of rest for all".

PLENARY ASSEMBLY | EU Bishops to discuss implications of the Russian war in Ukraine

22/09 - Delegates of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union will hold the Autumn COMECE Plenary Assembly in Brussels on 12-14 October 2022 for an in-depth discussion on the socio-economic and geopolitical implications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with a particular emphasis on the energy crisis.
The event will feature a dialogue meeting with Klaus Welle, Secretary-General of the European Parliament, an exchange with Pascal Lamy, former Director General of the World Trade Organisation and Coordinator of the Jacques Delors think tanks network, and Philip McDonagh, Director of the Centre for Religion, Human Values, and International Relations at the Dublin City University. 📰 Read the Press Release

EVENT | EU Bishops to celebrate a ‘Mass for Europe’ in Brussels on Wednesday 12 October

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22/09 - On the occasion of the 2022 COMECE Autumn Assembly and in the context of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Bishops of the European Union warmly invite you to participate in the ‘Mass for Europe’ to be celebrated at the Church of Notre-Dame des Victoires au Sablon, Place du Grand Sablon, Bruxelles, on Wednesday 12 October 2022 at 19:00 (CET). The Mass will be presided by H.Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ and concelebrated by the Bishops Delegates of the Episcopates of the 27 EU Member States. It is a public event and does not require registration. ✉ Share the invitation!

EVENT | Conference on Robert Schuman

07/10 - The Robert Schuman Foundation and the Institute Catholique de Paris, together with IDHAE and IDHBP organise a conference on "Robert Schumann, père de l’Europe. Homme d’État, homme de foi". The event will take place in Paris on Wednesday 9 November 2022 from 19:00 to 21:00 (CET). Click here for info and registration.

MOVIE | Film about Laudato Si' is now online!

04/10 - The movie "The Letter" is now available online! It tells the story of Pope Francis' Laudato Si' encyclical letter and how the climate crisis is strongly affecting the Earth and all those who inhabit it. The movie is the fruit of few years of work of the Laudato Si' Movement in partnership with Off the Fence and the Vatican.
Click here to watch the movie or plan a screening in your city

VISIT | SKM delegation visits the Secretariat of COMECE

24/09 - A delegation of the "Initiative of Christians for Europe" (IXE) went to Newry, Northern Ireland, and, after a series of dialogue meetings released, released a statement on the post-Brexit challenges to peace in the island of Ireland. Read the Statementttps

OPPORTUNITY | Grant and Fundraiser Junior Officer positions opens at JESC

07/09 - The Jesuit European Social Centre is looking for a Grand and Fundraiser Junior Officer to join its Secretariat in Brussels. Deadline: 9 October 2022. Click here to apply.

NEWS | Young delegates of Western Balkans' Episcopates visit COMECE

03/10 - Young delegates from Western Balkans' Episcopates visited the COMECE Secretariat following their participation in a dialogue meeting with Maciej Popowski (Directorate-General for the European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations) on building bridges among communities, religions and young people in South-East Europe and the EU.
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Next at COMECE

12-14 October
The COMECE 2022 Autumn General Assembly will take place in Brussels (Belgium) and will be chaired by H.Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ. More info will be available in the next few days.

12 October
H.Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, President of COMECE, will preside the Mass for Europe. Click here for more info.

20 October
COMECE General Secretary Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto will participate in the conference "Freedom of religion with regard to ritual slaughter" organised by the European Commission.

21-22 October
COMECE will participate in the conference "War in Europe - What the European Union will be like?", to take place in Krakow (Poland). The event is organised by the Tadeusz Pieronek Foundation and co-organised by COMECE, the Robert Schuman Foundation in Luxembourg, the EPP Group in the European Parliament and the Polish Delegation in the EPP.


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