Category Archives: Ecology & Sustainability


In the Treaties the European Union professes the principles of sustainability, the protection of the environment and the fight against the causes and effects of climate change. Regularly these ambitions are in conflict with other aims of the EU like economic growth, agriculture and industrial policy.
Since 2008 COMECE has been engaged with the topic of climate change and regularly stressed the necessity of an ecological conversion and a different and more sober style of life. In his encyclical «Laudato si» Pope Francis has flagged up this idea with his concept of an «integrate ecology» that underscores the link between the protection of the environment and climate, the fight against poverty, social justice, economy and politics.

News

Austrian Bishop Zsifkovics visits Brussels for a series of meetings with EU representatives

In a series of official meetings with high representatives of the EU institutions, Bishop Mgr. Zsifkovics (Austria) addressed some of the most pressing issues for Europe and the Catholic Church. The meetings took place in the context of an official trip to Brussels, held on 19-21 February 2024. The meetings were facilitated by COMECE. The Bishop was accompanied by a group of journalists from the … Continue reading »

Press Release

COMECE on farmers protests: “A sustainable future of our food system and a secure and flourishing future for farmers can coexist”

While major farmer protests are taking place across the European Union, COMECE issues the following statement on Tuesday, 30 January 2024, standing in solidarity with farmers and calling on the policymakers to put the human person in the centre of political considerations on agriculture. COMECE: “a sustainable future of our food system and a secure and flourishing future for farmers can coexist”. Download the Statement … Continue reading »

NEWS

COMECE follows up to Pope’s encouragement – contributes to Christians-Marxists dialogue

COMECE actively participated in the Dialop Transversal Dialogue Conference on Integral Ecology held in Loppiano, Italy, on 11-13 January 2024. Fr. Barrios Prieto: “The Church needs today to be prophetic in the real sense of the word, reading the signs of the times, raising awareness, making the cry of the poor her own and calling for repentance and radical change”. Videos of the event | … Continue reading »

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STATEMENT | ELSiA’s take on COP28

After the conclusion of the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) held in Dubai from 30 November until 12 December 2023, the European Laudato Si’ Alliance (ELSiA) releases on Tuesday 19 December 2023 the following statement. Download the Statement As Catholic actors engaged in COP28 processes, our focus has been on facilitating, pursuing, and advocating for solutions that uphold the dignity of all human … Continue reading »

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COMECE’s reflections on COP28 outcomes

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) comments on Wednesday 13 December 2023 the end of COP28 recently held in Dubai. Fr. Barrios Prieto: “We welcome the difficult agreement reached on phasing out fossil fuels, but we are concerned about the real commitment of the parties to implement it effectively”. After the conclusion of the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference … Continue reading »