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Press release & Newsletter archive Press Release Newsletter 22 January 2024 Press Release | Art. 17 EU-Religious Leaders meeting features COMECE contribution 29 November 2023 Press Release | Position paper on EU legislation on Labour Migration released 10 November 2023 +++ Press Release | Assembly adopts declaration on peace 2 October 2023 Press Release | In Veritate Award given to EP President Metsola 25 September … Continue reading »

Maud Oger

Personal Assistant to the General Secretary

Personal Assistant to the General Secretary E-mail contact Tel.: +32 (0) 2 235 05 12 Maud is originally from Verviers (Belgium) and has been working at the COMECE Secretariat since 2002. She holds a master’s degree in Translation. She likes to spend time in nature and enjoys beautiful landscapes. Nothing makes her feel more serene than a walk in the forest with her dog, Pickles, … Continue reading »

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Thinking Europe

Qu’est-ce que le droit à la liberté de religion ? Et pourquoi de nombreuses personnes dans le monde se voient-elles refuser ce droit fondamental ? Que fait l’UE pour s’attaquer à ce problème ? Son Envoyé spécial est-il suffisant ? Tout cela et bien d’autres choses encore avec Alex Di Maio, qui s’entretient avec José-Luis Bazán, expert des conférences épiscopales de l’UE.

Emilio Dogliani

Adviser for Culture & Education and Youth Policy

Policy Adviser for Education & Culture and Youth Policy Secretary of the COMECE Commission on Education and Culture E-mail contact Tel.: +32 (0) 2 274 14 23 Emilio comes from a small village in the province of Cuneo, in Piedmont (Italy). He has been working at the COMECE Secretariat since 2020. Emilio obtained his BA Degree in European Languages and Cultures at the University of Groningen … Continue reading »

Bishop Aegidius Zsifkovics

Bishop of Eisenstadt

Bishop Zsifkovics was born on 16 April 1963 in Güssing (Austria). On June 29, 1987 he was ordained a priest. He worked in the diocese of Eisenstadt as Episcopal Secretary (1987-1988), diocesan chancellor (1992-1999), parish priest in Wulkaprodersdorf (1994-2010) and then as pastoral director of the Croat community (1996-2010), as well as an editor of the Croatian Church newspaper ‘Glasnik’ (1996-2010). He was General Secretary … Continue reading »


Bishop Hugh Gilbert

Bishop of Aberdeen

Bishop Hugh Gilbert OSB was born in the south of England on 15 March 1952. He was educated at school and university in London, graduating in History. Baptised as Anglican, he entered the Catholic Church on Christmas Eve 1970. In 1974 he entered the Benedictine monastery of Pluscarden, in the north of Scotland. He made his first profession on 10 March 1976 and was ordained … Continue reading »

Observer to COMECE

Bishop Nicholas Hudson

Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster

Bishop Nicholas Hudson was born on 14 February 1959 in Hammersmith, United Kingdom. After studies of philosophy and theology at the Venerable English College in Rome, with a Licence in Fundamental Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Southwark in 1986. In 1992, he was appointed Director of the Southwark Christian Education Centre. He then returned to … Continue reading »

Observer to COMECE

Bishop Stanislav Hocevar

Archbishop of Belgrade

Mgr. Stanislav Hočevar was born on the 12th November, 1945 in the village of Jelendol, Slovenia. He took his final vows after completing novitiate at the Salesians of Don Bosco and was ordained priest on the 29th June, 1973 in Ljubljana. Following ordination, he took on care of education of the young in Želimlje Grammar School and was appointed headmaster of that institution in 1979. … Continue reading »

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Bishop Markus Büchel

Bishop of St-Gallen

Born August 9, 1949 in Rüthi (in the Rhine valley, canton of St. Gallen), Mgr. Markus Büchel studied at the Rheineck highschool (St Gallen) and Einsiedeln, where he obtained his maturity in 1970. He studied theology at Fribourg from 1970 to 1975. He was ordained priest in 1976, before being Vicar in two parishes in the city of St. Gallen, then parish priest in Flawil … Continue reading »