28 October 2022

Czech EU Presidency | COMECE and CEC meet with Ambassador Edita Hrdá

25/10 - An ecumenical delegation of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) met with ambassador Edita Hrdá, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the EU, on Monday 24 October 2022, to exchange on the implementation of the Czech EU Presidency’s priorities.

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📜 Read the Contribution

Christian ARTwork | St John's Co-Cathedral in La Valletta

28/10 - Completed in 1578, St John’s Co-cathedral in Valletta (Malta), was founded by the order of the Knights of St John. Its severe facade contrasts with the richly decorated interior, where decorated chapels represent the langues (regional administrations) of the Order’s members: Auvergne, France, Provence, Aragon, Italy, Germany, Castile, Léon and Portugal, and Anglo-Bavaria. A sumptuous example of the European roots of the Order and tangible expression of a Europe united in diversity. ⛪ Visit our column

NEWS | COMECE: "Protecting places of worship is crucial for safeguarding Freedom of Religion"

19/10 - COMECE General Secretary Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto participated in the workshop on protection of places of worship in the European Union, organised by ProSPeReS, University of Łódź and DISSS. Fr. Barros Prieto: "Protecting places of worship is crucial for safeguarding Freedom of Religion".

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NEWS | COMECE receives a delegation of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy

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25/10 - COMECE received a delegation of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodox of the Greek Parliament. The meeting included the participation of Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto and Jørgen Skov Sørensen, General Secretaries of COMECE and CEC respectively.
Together they exchanged on the promotion of European values and on the role of Christians today in the proc process of EU integration. 📷 Photo Gallery

INTERVIEW | Osservatore Romano interviews COMECE President Cardinal Hollerich

23/10 - The President of COMECE, H.Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ gave a long and interesting interview to the Director of Osservatore Andrea Monda on the upcoming Synod. The Cardinal also addressed European topics such as the war in Ukraine, peace, the fight against populism and the future of the Church in the European Union. 🇮🇹 Read the interview

NEWS | COMECE in Krakow on the role of Christians in the Process of European Integration

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22/10 - A COMECE delegation participated in the Krakow International Conference on the topic "War in Europe: What the European Union will be like?". The COMECE delegation was composed of H.E. Mgr. Youssef Soueif (Maronite Archbishop of Tripoli), H.E. Mgr. Ladislav Német (International Bishops' Conference of Saints Cyril and Methodius), Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto (COMECE General Secretary) and Marek Mišák (COMECE adviser on the EU External Action).
Mgr. Német expressed the "need for a credible EU enlargement perspective for the Western Balkans along with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia".
The event was co-organised by: Foundation Tadeusza Pieronka, COMECE, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the EPP Polish Delegation to the European Parliament and the CDE.

EVENT | Conference on "Challenges and dangers of children exposure to sexual explicit content in the digital era"

27/10 - We encourage you to participate in the conference on "Challenges and dangers of children exposure to sexual explicit content in the digital era" organised by the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) and by the EPP Group at the European Parliament. The event is to take place in Brussels on Tuesday 8 November 2022 from 14:00 to 16:00. 📑 Info & Registration

🔴 We also invite you to read the recent COMECE contribution to this specific issue: Read the COMECE Contribution

NEWS | COMECE-FUCE strengthen their cooperation in the field of education

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21/10 - In view of strengthening the cooperation in the field of education between COMECE and the European Federation of Catholic Universities (FUCE), our adviser Emilio Dogliani participated in the FUCE General Assembly held last week in Tirana (Albania) and presented COMECE mission of dialogue with the EU.

NEWS | Mgr. Kadima (Kenya) visits COMECE and the EU Parliament to exchange on education in emergency contexts

26/10 - H.E. Mgr. Mark Kadima, Vice-Chair of Commission for Education and Religious Education of the Bishops' Conference of Kenya, was in Brussels to participate in a meeting with faith-based organisations and in a hearing on education in emergencies held at the European Parliament.

Next at COMECE

7 November

7-8 November
COMECE Working Group on Migration and Asylum.

9 November
A group of young people will visit COMECE. The meeting is facilitated by Don Bosco International (DBI).

11 November
COMECE General Secretary Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto will participate in the inauguration of the renewed premises of the Foyer Catholique Européen in Brussels.

11-13 November
Eco-spirituality Workshop of the European Laudato Si' Alliance (ELSiA) to take place at the Taizé Community.


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