The President of the Slovak Bishops’ Conference visits COMECE

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union received on Monday 28 November 2022 a delegation from the Slovak Episcopate led by its President H.E. Mgr. Bernard Bober to exchange on the role of the Catholic Church in addressing today’s challenges faced by the European Union and its citizens. Archbishop Bober: “COMECE is an expression of the Catholic Church’s care for the European project”.

A delegation from the Slovak Bishops’ Conference met with the COMECE General Secretary and some members of the staff. (Credit: COMECE)

The General Secretary of COMECE, Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto, together with advisers of the COMECE Secretariat, received a delegation from the Slovak Bishops’ Conference to exchange on current topics of concern in the European Union.

COMECE advisers presented the state of play on the respective initiatives of the European Union and the Church in Europe, in particular, regarding the war in Ukraine as well as its humanitarian, socio-economic and geopolitical implications. The meeting was also an occasion to discuss legal and ethical aspects of EU policies and pertinent COMECE contributions.

Following the meeting, Archbishop Bober stated that “COMECE is an expression of the Catholic Church’s care for the European project. Its mission is also to remind all of us that Europe consists of its two lungs, the Western and the Eastern, and to bring the voice of the Church from both to the European institutions”.

While in Brussels, the delegation met with a number of EU officials, as well as MEPs and representatives of the local Church. The delegation led by H.E. Mgr. Bernard Bober, included also Fr. Ivan Ružička, the Executive Secretary of the Slovak Bishops’ Conference.

The close collaboration between COMECE and the Slovak Bishops’ Conference has recently borne fruit in the organisation of the 3rd edition of the European Catholic Social Days, held in Bratislava in March 2022, in partnership with CCEE.

Photos of the meeting