10 December 2022

🔴 CZECH EU PRESIDENCY | Ecumenical delegation meets with Czech Prime Minister Fiala

07/12 - An ecumenical delegation with members from the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) met with Petr Fiala, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, to discuss efforts of the current EU Presidency in addressing some of the most pressing challenges the EU and its citizens are facing today.

📰 COMECE-CEC Press Release
📰 Czech Government Press Release

🔴 NEWS | EU Bishops congratulate the new EU Special Envoy on FoRB and call on the EC to provide adequate resources

07/12 - The Bishops of the European Union welcome the appointment of Frans van Daele as EU Special Envoy for the Promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief outside the EU, made public on Wednesday 7 December 2022 by the Vice-President of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas.
Cardinal Hollerich: “On behalf of the COMECE Assembly of EU Bishops, I congratulate Mr van Daele on his appointment. We are ready to cooperate with him. We take this opportunity to reiterate our call to the European Commission to provide the new EU Special Envoy with adequate resources, and a well-defined mandate, that will enable Mr van Daele to carry on his important responsibility to protect and promote Freedom of Religion, a fundamental right that is under threat in many parts of the world”. 📰 Press Release

SPEECH | Cardinal Hollerich's speech on asylum and migration at the EPP Group Bureau Meeting in Vienna

07/12 - The President of COMECE, H.Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, participated in the panel debate “Keeping stability in our neighbourhood: Europe and the future of migration” held in the context of the EPP Group Bureau Meeting, held in Vienna on 8 December 2022.
"Our responsibilities towards our Ukrainian brothers and sisters in danger should not diminish our concern for other brothers and sisters [...] victims of forgotten wars and extreme poverty", he stated. 📄 Read the full Speech

SPEECH | COMECE General Secretary pays homage to former EU Apostolic Nuncio Mgr. Giordano at EPP event on future of Europe and religions

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09/12 - "If Europe aims to be a world peacemaker, it must rediscover the talent of Christianity, which has been tempted to bury", stated Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto, COMECE General Secretary, during a panel debate on the Future of Europe and religions in the context of the EPP Group Annual Meeting on Intercultural dialogue with Churches and Religious Institutions held in Vienna on 9-10 December 2022.
Fr. Barrios Prieto took this opportunity also to pay homage to the former Apostolic Nuncio to the European Union, H.E. Mgr. Aldo Giordano, on the first anniversary of his death, by reading the speech that Mgr. Giordano wrote for a gathering organised in 2021 by the Jesuits in Namur, called “Passion for Europe”. 📄 Read the full Speech

NEWS | Meeting of the COMECE Social Affairs Commission: focus on minimum income and disability employment package

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05/12 - H.E. Mgr. Antoine Hérouard chaired the autumn meeting of the COMECE Social Affairs Commission, which featured an exchange with EU officials on the minimum income and on the integration of people with disabilities into the labour market. The COMECE Social Affairs Commission is composed of the experts delegated by the EU Bishops' Conferences.

EVENT | COMECE: "need for a credible EU enlargement process and ethical framework for EU defence"

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02/12 - COMECE participated in a Renovabis-KBK event in Cologne on the war in Ukraine and its implications for the EU Foreign and Security Policy. Our adviser Marek Misak highlighted the need for a credible EU enlargement process and for developing an ethical framework for EU defence.

VIDEO | Conference on the European Care Strategy – Video now available

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30/11 - The video recording of the conference “The European Care Strategy: Responding to challenges faced by women in times of (post-)pandemic?” is now available online on the COMECE YouTube channel. This event was organised by COMECE and FAFCE to exchange on women’s important role as care and essential workers, as well as the way the European Care Strategy supports them.
📺 Watch the video
📰 More info about the event

REMEMBRANCE DAY | FCOMECE General Secretary celebrates holy mass in memory of former Apostolic Nuncio Mgr. Giordano

02/12 - Mgr. Hrvoje Škrlec, Chargé d'Affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature to the EU and COMECE General Secretary Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto co-celebrated a Holy Mass to remember H.E. Mgr. Aldo Giordano, former Apostolic Nuncio to the European Union, who died a year ago in Brussels.

Next at COMECE

12 December
The Presidency of COMECE will be received by the Holy Father Pope Francis in the Vatican.

12 December
The Presidency of COMECE will meet with H.E. Mgr. Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State.

12 December
The COMECE Standing Committee will take place in the Vatican. The meeting will be chaired by H.Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ.

12 December
The COMECE Presidency will meet with H.Em. Cardinal Mario Grech, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, as well as with H.E. Mgr. Luis Marín and Sr. Nathalie Becquart.

13 December
The Presidency of COMECE will be received by H.Em. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of His Holiness.

13 December
The Presidency will be meeting with H.Em. Cardinal Michael Czerny SJ, Sr. Alessandra Smerilli FMA and Fr. Fabio Baggio, Prefect, Secretary and Under-Secretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development respectively.

13 December
The Presidency of COMECE will be received by H.Em. Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life.

13 December
Meeting between the COMECE and CCEE Presidencies.

14 December
CCEE Press Conference on the European phase of the Synod of Bishops.

14 December
The Presidency of COMECE will meet with Her Excellency Mrs. Alexandra Valkenburg, Ambassador of the European Union to the Holy See, Order of Malta, UN Organisations in Rome, Republic of San Marino.


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