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European Sunday Alliance: “a synchronised quality resting time for an improved mental health of workers”

On the occasion of the European Day for a Work-free Sunday, the European Sunday Alliance (ESA) releases a statement to reiterate its call on political leaders to “establish a synchronised quality and social resting weekly time for workers in order to enable them to preserve their mental health”. Download the Statement In a statement released on Friday 3 March 2023, the European Sunday Alliance calls … Continue reading »


Mgr. Hérouard at the European Parliament presents reflection paper on the Social Economy

COMECE presented its reflection paper on the Social Economy during a meeting held at the European Parliament on Tuesday 28 February 2023. The document includes concrete proposals that, if implemented, could develop the full potential of the Social Economy in all EU Member States. Read the document (EN – FR) H.E. Mgr. Antoine Hérouard, President of the COMECE Social Affairs Commission, presented the COMECE Reflection Paper … Continue reading »


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

COMECE and its partners invite you to join the conference “Africa-EU partnership of equals: how can we get there? Is the Global Gateway fit for purpose?”, to be held at the European Parliament (Brussels, Room ASP-1G369) on Tuesday 7 March 2023 from 11:15 to 13:00 (CET). Online participation is also available. Programme (EN – FR) |  Register now! In the context of the 6th AU-EU … Continue reading »

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One year of war in Ukraine | EU Bishops: “stop this madness of war”!

In view of the first anniversary of Russia’s full-scale tragic military invasion of Ukraine, the President of COMECE, Cardinal Hollerich, reiterates the EU Bishops’ appeal to the aggressor to “immediately suspend the hostilities and withdraw its armed forces, in full respect of international law and the territorial integrity of Ukraine”. Read the Statement On Wednesday, 22 February 2023, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European … Continue reading »


The tomb of the ‘Doctor of the Poor’ (Diocese of Eisenstadt, Austria)

This month, our ‘Christian Heritage month by month’ column presents the tomb of the Blessed Dr. Ladislaus Batthyány-Strattmann, an important historical, cultural and religious site in Austria, visited by numerous pilgrims every year. Doctor Ladislaus was born on 28 October 1870 in Dunakiliti (Hungary) into an ancient noble family. In 1876 the family moved to Austria. He was already convinced at an early age that, … Continue reading »

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

The President of COMECE, 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. Cardinal Hollerich: “Release Mgr. Rolando Álvarez and the other detainees”. Read the letter In a letter addressed to H.E. Mgr. Carlos Enrique Herrera Gutiérrez, OFM, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Nicaragua, on Monday 6th … Continue reading »

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High-Level Meeting of EU and Religious Leaders | COMECE shares perspectives on the impacts of the war in Ukraine

COMECE participates in the High-Level Meeting of EU and Religious Leaders hosted by the European Commission on Friday 27 January 2023 to share perspectives on how to address the wide-ranging consequences of the war in Ukraine in the European Union. Cardinal Hollerich: “the contribution of Churches is and should be considered an essential ingredient for advancing in EU policies promoting the common good”. H.E. Mgr. … Continue reading »


COMECE and partners organise webinar on the Brumadinho disaster and the EU due diligence law

On the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the Brumadinho dam collapse, COMECE and its partners organise on Friday 20 January 2023 at 17:00 (CET) an online event to show closeness to all those who have been affected and to highlight the need for EU and international legislators to oblige companies to identify and address dangerous risks across the global value chain. The webinar will … Continue reading »


Holy Mass in memory of late EP President David Sassoli

On the occasion of the first anniversary since the passing of the late President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, COMECE, together with the Apostolic Nunciature to the EU and the Italian Catholic community in Belgium, celebrated on Wednesday 11 January 2023 a commemorative Holy Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Victories of the Sablon in Brussels. The service was presided by Mgr. Hrvoje Škrlec, Chargé d’Affaires … Continue reading »


COMECE, FAFCE and DBI publish their contribution on the European Year of Skills 2023

In the context of its advocacy on Education and Training, COMECE publishes on Wednesday 11 January 2023 its Contribution to the European Commission’s consultation on the European Year of Skills. The policy paper encourages the European Commission to embed a human-centred, integral and inclusive approach to its proposal. Read the document Officially announced in von der Leyen’s speech on the State of the Union in … Continue reading »