Category Archives: Press


COMECE in dialogue with the Court of Justice of the EU

Following up to the successful first visit in 2020, the COMECE Legal Affairs Commission, on Thursday, 29 February 2024, carried out a study visit to the Court of Justice of the EU, meeting extensively with Judges and Advocate Generals. The programme involved both formal and informal moments of exchange and dialogue and allowed some frank reflections on the state of the EU jurisprudence. The focus … Continue reading »

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European Sunday Alliance issues new Manifesto promoting a Work-free Sunday for all

In view of the European Day for a Work-free Sunday (3 March), the European Sunday Alliance (ESA) issues on Friday, 1 March 2024, a new manifesto stressing that “synchronised resting time is an effective tool to counter loneliness and highlights its importance for the mental health of workers”. Download the new Manifesto | Video campaign Furthermore, in the view of upcoming EU elections in June … Continue reading »


Mgr. Crociata on the war in Ukraine: “We must hope that the diplomatic initiative unfolds in all directions and with the full breadth it can muster”

On the occasion of the 2nd anniversary of Russia’s brutal military attack against Ukraine, the President of EU Bishops, H.E. Mgr. Mariano Crociata, speaks with the press, sharing his concerns and making an appeal for peace. Interview EN – IT “The European Union has moved together since the beginning, although along the way, its unity has shown cracks. We must hope that the diplomatic initiative … Continue reading »


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 »


“Economy should serve humanity and promote the dignity of every person”, says COMECE at EP conference on Social Market Economy

“The purpose of the economy is to serve humanity, not the other way around. It should promote the dignity of every person,” stated Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto, General Secretary of COMECE, during the conference ‘A Social Market Economy that Cares’, hosted by the EPP Group at the European Parliament on Wednesday, 21 February 2024. Full video recording | Photo Gallery The conference focused on addressing … Continue reading »


Christian ARTworks | The “Blue Church” of Saint Elisabeth (Slovakia)

This month, our ‘Christian Heritage month by month’ column presents the church of Saint Elisabeth, the  20th century “blue church” in the Archdiocese of Bratislava, in Slovakia. Click here for more info Originally planned as a small chapel adjacent to the royal Catholic grammar school of one of the growing districts of Bratislava at the time, the Church of Saint Elisabeth – today known as the “blue Church” … Continue reading »


“Winning the battle against human trafficking is possible!”

COMECE and the Santa Marta Group held a conference at the European Parliament on Wednesday, 14 February 2024, highlighting the positive contribution that Churches and faith-based organisation give to the fight against human trafficking, protecting victims and making perpetrators accountable. COMECE: “Human trafficking is not an inevitable crime. The long-term commitment of all social, economic, religious, cultural and political actors can lead to winning this … Continue reading »


VIDEO | Article 17 TFEU: Churches and EU address disinformation ahead of 2024 EU elections

Fake news, disinformation and conspiracy theories are plagues in our society, dangerous tools against our democracies, especially in view of the 2024 EU elections. This topic was at the center of the Article 17 TFEU Dialogue Seminar with Churches, religious communities, and philosophical and non-confessional organisations held on Tuesday, 13 February 2024 at the European Parliament, Brussels. Video of the Dialogue Seminar The theme of … Continue reading »

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STATEMENT | COMECE and CIDSE urge Council to adopt Due Diligence Directive

In anticipation of the imminent vote by the Council of the EU on the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) scheduled for Wednesday, February 14, 2024, COMECE and CIDSE jointly issue the following Statement. Together, they urge the governments of EU Member States to promptly adopt the compromise text resulting from the political trialogue negotiations held last December. “Now more than ever, we need mandatory … Continue reading »

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EP Resolution on attacks against Christians in Nigeria: COMECE highlights Religious dimension

COMECE welcomes the resolution of the European Parliament adopted on Thursday, 8 February 2024, condemning recent attacks against Christians in Nigeria. COMECE: “The resolution, however, downplays the religious dimension of the conflict”. The Resolution adopted by the European Parliament condemns the massacre committed on 23-25 December 2023, when gunmen launched a large-scale attack in more than 160 villages in the Bokkos, Barkin Ladi, and Magu … Continue reading »