The European Catholic Social Days start today 17 March 2022 in Bratislava, gathering more than two-hundred participants from all over Europe to discuss some of the most pressuring social challenges in European societies. Pope Francis and the President of the Slovak Republic will address the audience. Download the programme
Following the first two editions in Gdansk and Madrid, this year the initiative is hosted in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 17-20 March 2022.
The initiative will gather around 200 delegates from every corner of Europe, who will discuss some of the most pressuring challenges in European societies: a) demographic transition and family life; b) technological and digital transition; c) ecological transition.
During the event, special attention will also be paid to the war in Ukraine and the Covid pandemic and its aftermath. Moments of prayer will be organised to ask for peace and the conversion of the hearts.
On Friday 18, Pope Francis will address the participants with a message. On the same day the President of the Slovak Republic, Zuzana Čaputová, will join the participants.
The list of speakers will also include Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Democracy and Demography, H. Em. Cardinal Michael Czerny SJ, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, H. E. Mgr. Paul Tighe, Secretary for Pontifical Council for Culture, H.E. Mgr. Bohdan Dzyurakh, Ukraine Greek Catholic Church, and Milan Krajniak, Slovak Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family. Download the programme and the list of speakers
The initiative is co-organised by the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE), and the Slovak Episcopal Conference, in collaboration with the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
The event was presented in December 2021 during a Press Conference held at the Holy See. Watch the full video of the Press Conference. Journalists and media operators can request their accreditation. Click here to request your accredidation.