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COMECE on the Artificial Intelligence Act: “It does justice to the ethical foundations of the EU”

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) issues a statement titled “A European Call for Responsibility – Ethical Demands for a Human-Centric Artificial Intelligence,” on Friday, 2 February 2024, welcoming the recent adoption of the EU regulation on Artificial Intelligence (AI). Bishop Jamnik: “It is the first robust EU regulatory framework for AI that does justice to the ethical foundations of … Continue reading »


EVENT | Join us in the Fight Against Human Trafficking!

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) invites you to the conference, “The role of Churches and faith-based organisations in fighting trafficking in Human Beings: Catholic initiatives”, to be held at the European Parliament, Brussels, on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at 10:00-12:00 (CET). This event aims to foster dialogue and collaboration in the fight against human trafficking, as well as discover … Continue reading »

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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 »


Pope Francis receives COMECE President Mgr. Crociata to discuss about Europe

On Friday, January 26, 2024, H.E. Mgr. Mariano Crociata, President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), had an audience with Pope Francis. Their discussions encompassed various topics including European integration, peace, the recently agreed EU Pact on Migration, and the role of youth in our societies. Bishop Crociata further elaborated on these discussions in an interview with AgenSIR. Read … Continue reading »


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 »


Christian ARTworks | The Greek-Catholic Cathedral of Saint Nicholas (Romania)

This month, our ‘Christian Heritage month by month’ column presents you the Greek-Catholic Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in the Diocese of Oradea Mare, Romania, a place of prayer for all Romanian faithful, regardless of denomination. Click here for more info Built on the site where, in 1739, the first church for the united Romanians of the Byzantine rite in the Greek-Catholic Diocese of Oradea was … Continue reading »

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BELGIAN EU PRESIDENCY | European Churches meet with Ambassador Willem van de Voorde

An ecumenical delegation representing the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) met with Ambassador Willem van de Voorde, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the EU, on 18 January 2024, in Brussels, to discuss the priorities of the Belgian EU Presidency. Read the COMECE-CEC Contribution The meeting was a fruitful occasion to present and share … Continue reading »

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Article 17 High-Level Meeting features COMECE contribution

COMECE participated in the Article 17 TFEU Annual High-Level meeting between the European Commission and religious leaders on the theme “The European Way of Life in times of instability”, on Thursday 18 January 2024. Speeches: Mgr. Crociata – Mgr. Hoogenboom | Watch the video | Photo Gallery The meeting was hosted by Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission and responsible for Article 17 TFEU … Continue reading »


European Commission recognises the crucial role of young people in EU policymaking

The European Commission unveiled its Communication on the legacy of the 2022 European Year of Youth, a pivotal document set to determine the course of action in the area of youth policy in the next years. COMECE: “It is important that the EU recognises the crucial role of young people in policymaking and strengthens intergenerational dialogue at all levels of its action, especially in light … Continue reading »


“Jacques Delors dedicated his life to others”, says COMECE First Vice-President Mgr. Hérouard

The First Vice-President of COMECE and Archbishop of Dijon, Mgr. Antoine Hérouard, delivered a heartfelt homily during the obsequies of the late President of the EU Commission, Jacques Delors, held on Saturday, January 6, 2024, in Fontaine-la-Gaillarde, France. Mgr. Hérouard articulated Delors’ vision, stating that “he wanted to give a new meaning to political action, rooted in the commandment of Christian love.” Read the text … Continue reading »