25 November 2022

🔴 INTERVIEW | COMECE restates its call to appoint a new EU Special Envoy on FoRB

21/11 - In an interview with the Croatian weekly newspaper Glas Koncila, COMECE General Secretary Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto restates COMECE's call to the European Commission to appoint a new EU Special Envoy for the promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief outside the European Union, providing sufficient resources to properly carry out its function. Fr. Barrios Prieto:"It is not an abstract political game: it is a matter of life and death."
📰 Click here to read the interview (in Croatian)

NEWS | Working Group on Culture and Education meets online

25/11 - Experts delegated by the EU Bishops' Conferences took part in the meeting of our Working Group on Culture and Education. Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto: We are thankful to them for the fruitful exchange on Digital Education, EU international cultural relations and the European Year of Skills.

VIDEO | ELSiA webinar on the role of Catholics in Climate Action is now available

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25/11 - The full video recording of the recent ELSiA webinar on the role of Catholics in Climate Action is now available online.
The event featured the participation of Fr. Eduardo Agosta and Fr. Charles Chilufya, Senior Adviser of the Laudato Si' Movement and Director of the Jesuit Ecology Network Africa respectively. ELSiA is the European Laudato Si' Alliance and COMECE is one of its founding members.
📺 Click here to watch the video
📰 Read VaticanNews articles on this event: 🇬🇧 🇮🇹 🇪🇸

NEWS | COMECE in Strasbourg to exchange perspectives with MEPs and EU officials on topics of shared concern

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21-23/11 - COMECE General Secretary Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto was in Strasbourg in the context of the Plenary of the European Parliament, meeting with different MEPs and EU officials and discussing issues of shared concern.
He was also invited to participate in a meeting of the EPP Group Unit for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, exchange perspectives on the war in Ukraine, EU-China relations, Food Security and on the need for the appointment of the new EU Special Envoy on FoRB.

EVENT | Conference on the ‘European Care Strategy’ and challenges faced by women during and after the pandemic

Poster FAFCE - COMECE event 30 Nov
10/11 - COMECE and FAFCE invite you to participate in the conference “The European Care Strategy: Responding to challenges faced by women in times of (post-)pandemic?” to be held on Wednesday 30 November 2022 from 10:00 to 11:30 (CET) at the COMECE Secretariat in Brussels. 📑 Info & Registration

Next at COMECE

28 November
Publication of the COMECE Contribution to the EC Consultation on the Social Economy.

28 November
A delegation of Slovak Bishops will come to Brussels to visit COMECE and the EU institutions.

29 November - 1 December
COMECE will receive the visit of H.E. Mgr. William Kenney, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Birmingham.

29-30 November
COMECE will participate in the CCEE-CEC Joint Committee Meeting taking place in Brussels.

30 November
COMECE will host a Working Breakfast with H.E. Mgr. Samson Shukardin, Bishop of the Diocese of Hyderabad (Pakistan). The event is organised by Ait to the Church in Need.

30 November
COMECE-FAFCE event "The European Care Strategy: Responding to challenges faced by women in times of (post-)pandemic?” Info & Registration

1 December
In the context of "Semaines Sociales de France", COMECE will receive a delegation of French citizens interested in knowing more EU institutions and their dialogue with Churches.

1-2 December
Meeting of the Executive Committee of Justice and Peace Europe to take place in Paris.

2-3 December
COMECE General Secretary will participate in the General Assembly Forum of Catholic NGOs to take place in Rome.

5 December
H.E. Mgr. Antoine Hérouard will chair the autumn meeting of the COMECE Social Affairs Commission to take place in Brussels.


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