Category Archives: Plenary Assembly

The Assembly of COMECE is formed by the Bishops delegated by the Episcopates of each Member State of the European Union. Its main function is to take the decisions necessary to pursue, in a spirit of collegiality, a closer collaboration among the Bishops’ Conferences, to address the pastoral questions connected to the development of the competences and activities of the Union.

2018 Autumn COMECE Plenary Assembly. (Credit: EEAS)

The Assembly also provides an effective platform for exchange and concertation among the EU Bishops’ Conferences, engages in a dialogue with high-level EU representatives on current and future EU policies, and sets out the main lines of the activity of the COMECE Secretariat.

A single Bishop represents the Episcopates of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Kingdom of Sweden, and the Republic of Finland. The Assembly also includes observers from the Episcopates of Serbia, Switzerland, Scotland, England and Wales.

The Apostolic Nunciature to the European Union, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Council of Europe, and a representative of the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE) and of Justice and Peace Europe are invited to take part in the Assembly.

The Assembly elects COMECE’s President and four Vice-Presidents from among its members ensuring that they are representative of the geographical distribution of the Episcopates of the European Union. The Assembly also elects the Presidents of the COMECE Commissions on Social Affairs, Legal Affairs and External Action.

The Assembly gathers twice per year (during the Spring and Autumn). A seminal issue of the European integration process provides the core theme for each meeting.

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ASSEMBLY | EU Bishops exchange with Italian Foreign Affairs Minister and elect Presidents of COMECE Commissions

The Spring Plenary Assembly held in Rome on 22-24 March 2023 ended on a high note thanks to the participation of Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Tajani, who shared interesting insights on current international challenges. The Assembly elected the Presidents of the COMECE Commissions. The dialogue meeting with Hon. Tajani offered the opportunity to address some of the most pressing issues on the European … Continue reading »

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ASSEMBLY | Pope Francis receives the Bishops of the European Union: “advance the cause of peace”

Pope Francis addressed the Bishops of the European Union and their new Presidency on Thursday 23 March 2023. The Holy Father asked them to never lose sight of “the two great dreams of Europe’s founding fathers: the dream of unity and the dream of peace”. Read Pope Francis’ speech On the second day of the Assembly, the Bishops of the European Union were received by … Continue reading »

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ASSEMBLY | Italian Bishop Crociata is the new President of COMECE

His Excellency Mgr. Mariano Crociata (Italy) is the new President of COMECE. He was elected on Wednesday 22 March 2023 by the Bishop Delegates of the EU Episcopates, gathered in Rome for the Spring Plenary Assembly of COMECE. On the same occasion, four Vice-Presidents were also elected: Mgr. Hérouard, Mgr. Brás da Silva Martins, Mgr. Norvila, Mgr. Kozon. Mgr. Mariano Crociata, Bishop of Latina, is … Continue reading »

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EU Bishops to elect their new Presidency and to meet with Pope Francis on 22 March in Rome

The Bishops of the European Union will gather in Rome on 22-24 March 2023 to elect their new Presidency. The election will take place in the context of the COMECE Spring Assembly, which will feature in its agenda an audience with Pope Francis and a dialogue session with the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Tajani. During the first day of the Assembly, on Wednesday … Continue reading »

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COMECE Plenary Assembly | EU Bishops appeal for peace in Ukraine and in the whole of Europe

Gathered in Brussels on 12-14 October 2022, the Plenary Assembly of the Bishop Delegates of the EU Episcopates makes a strong appeal to Russia to immediately suspend the hostilities against Ukraine and to all parties to work towards a solution to the conflict. They also encourage strong EU cohesion. Read the Statement EN | FR | IT | DE In the context of the 2022 … Continue reading »

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COMECE Plenary Assembly | EU Bishops to discuss implications of the Russian war in Ukraine

Delegates of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union will hold the Autumn COMECE Plenary Assembly in Brussels on 12-14 October 2022 for an in-depth discussion on the socio-economic and geopolitical implications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with a particular emphasis on the energy crisis. The event will feature a dialogue meeting with Klaus Welle, Secretary-General of the European Parliament, an exchange with Pascal … Continue reading »

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EU Bishops to celebrate a ‘Mass for Europe’ in Brussels on Wednesday 12 October

On the occasion of the 2022 COMECE Autumn Assembly and in the context of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Bishops of the European Union warmly invite you to participate in the ‘Mass for Europe’, to be celebrated at the Church of Notre-Dame des Victoires au Sablon, Place du Grand Sablon, Bruxelles, on Wednesday 12 October 2022 at 19:00 (CET). The … Continue reading »

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COMECE 2022 Spring Assembly | EU Bishops on the war in Ukraine: “Welcoming refugees reflects Christian and European values”

The COMECE 2022 Spring Assembly was held in Bratislava on Thursday 17 March 2022 to discuss the ongoing war in Ukraine. Cardinal Hollerich: “Deep respect for all countries welcoming refugees. This sincere solidarity reflects Christianand European values”. The Bishops of the European Union gathered in Bratislava in the context of the 3rd edition of the European Catholic Social Days, which will take place in the … Continue reading »

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EU Bishops Assembly 2021. Focus on the Conference of the Future of Europe:“It is vital to work for a Europe with a soul”

The COMECE Autumn Assembly 2021 was held in Brussels on 27-28 October 2021 with a special focus on the Catholic contribution to the Conference on the Future of Europe and the role of the youth. Cardinal Hollerich: “A Europe with a soul would be able to face challenges with much more impetus.” For the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bishops … Continue reading »

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2021 COMECE Autumn Assembly: EU Bishops to discuss the contribution of the Catholic Church to the Conference on the Future of Europe

Delegates of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union will participate in the COMECE Autumn Assembly to be held in a hybrid format on 27-28 October 2021, with the participation of Colin Scicluna, Head of cabinet of the Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Democracy and Demography, and Herman Van Rompuy, President emeritus of the European Council. The event will focus on … Continue reading »