24 February 2023

🔴 365 DAYS OF FULL-SCALE WAR IN UKRAINE | COMECE President reiterates EU Bishop's appeal for peace

Cardinal Hollerich visits Caritas centre at the Polish-Ukrainian border.
22/03 - In a statement released on Wednesday 22 March in view of today's tragic anniversary since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Card. Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, President of COMECE, reiterated EU Bishops' appeal to Russia to “immediately suspend the hostilities and withdraw its armed forces, in full respect of international law and the territorial integrity of Ukraine
The COMECE President also expressed appreciation for the tireless efforts of European decision-makers in providing humanitarian, financial, political, as well as adequate and proportionate military support to Ukraine, and encouraged European leaders to “maintain their unity in solidarity with Ukraine during and also after the war, while not giving in to fatigue or indifference”.
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📑 Read the Statement

EVENT | “Africa-EU partnership of equals: how can we get there? Is the Global Gateway fit for purpose?”

24/02 - COMECE and its partners invite you to participate in the conference “Africa-EU partnership of equals: how can we get there? Is the Global Gateway fit for purpose?”. It is an opportunity for frank, respectful and constructive dialogue amongst stakeholders with different perspectives on the Global Gateway’s strategy.
The event will take place at the European Parliament in Brussels (Room ASP-1G369) on Tuesday 7 March 2023 from 11:15 to 13:00 (CET). Online participation is also available. Registration is mandatory.
👉 Info, Programme and Registration

NEWS | Meeting of the COMECE Working Group on Ethics. Focus on the energy crisis and ethics of the genome editing

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14/02 - General Secretary Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto presided over the COMECE Working Group on Ethics, which focused on the ethics of genome editing, as well as on the impacts of the energy crisis on the field of ecology and agriculture. The meeting gathered the experts delegated by the EU Bishops' Conferences, coordinated by theologian Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Agius and COMECE Adviser Friederike Ladenburger. The working group featured dialogue sessions with EU officers.

NEWS | COMECE hosts meeting of Brussels-based Catholic Organisations working with the EU Institutions

15/02 - COMECE has hosted a meeting of the Brussels-based Catholic organisations working with the institutions of the European Union. The meeting was an occasion to listen and share projects, concerns, initiatives, good practices and dreams so as to strengthen the cooperation for more effective promotion of EU policies centered on the dignity of persons, families, communities, and care for the environment.

NEWS | COMECE contributes to better cooperation between pastors and laity

16-18/02 - In the context of the ongoing Synod, COMECE participated in a 3-day conference organised in the Vatican by the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. The event was an occasion to share ideas and contributions for better cooperation between pastors and the laity. COMECE General Secretary Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto commented: "A paradigm shift is needed to become aware that together we constitute the one People of God and that we share a common mission, the mission of Christ".

NEWS | Cardinal Hollerich demands the release of Bishop Rolando and the other detainees in Nicaragua

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08/02 - Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, expresses the solidarity of the EU Bishops to the Catholic Church in Nicaragua which is facing deep distress due to State persecution. The President of COMECE: “Release Mgr. Rolando Álvarez and the other detainees”.

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📄 Read the letter [ES]

NEWS | Secretaries General of Justice and Peace Europe discuss the impact of high inflation on EU societies

17-19/02 - The Secretaries General of the Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions (Justice and Peace Europe) met in Paris to exchange on the impact of high inflation on European societies. 📰 Read the Press Release

Next at COMECE

27-28 February
H.E. Mgr. Antoine Hérouard will preside the meeting of the COMECE Social Affairs Commission.

28 February
H.E. Mgr. Antoine Hérouard, President of the COMECE Social Affairs Commission, to participate in the breakfast event "Defining the framework conditions of the Social Economy: How far will the EU go" to be held at the European Parliament. The meeting is organised by COMECE and hosted by MEP Patrizia Toia.

2-3 March
H.E. Mgr. T.C.M. Hoogenboom will preside over the meeting of the COMECE Legal Affairs Commission.

7 March
Inter-faith event on EU-Africa partnership to be held at the European Parliament. Info and Registration

9 March
A Caritas Africa delegation is to visit the Secretariat of COMECE. The visit is facilitated by Caritas Europe.

22-24 March 2023
COMECE Spring Plenary Assembly to take place in Rome.


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