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Europe against terrorism

Rouen: to resist the temptation of revenge

Rouen: resistere alla tentazione della vendetta

EN | IT | FR – A parish church on a summer morning. It is almost empty. Only a few people who went to church to bring the world in their prayer. We imagine them elderly, like the priest who presides over the assembly. Born in 1930, ordained a priest in 1958, Father Jacques Hamel has dedicated his life to proclaiming hope, never seeking honors. He still services with humility, like many other priests “in active retirement”. The result, this brutal irruption of barbarism, we refuse to describe.


For Europe young people with two qualities

Per l’Europa giovani con due qualità

EN | IT – “The future belongs to the young. But beware, young people with two qualities: young people with wings and young people with roots”. With these words Pope Francis on the 4th September, 2014 addressed the participants of the III Congress of “Scholas occurrentes”, the “World Network of schools for meeting,” which brings together educational realities of different cultures and religions and that was founded at the request of the Pope himself. And these same words come to mind looking at the flood of young people from all around the world arrived in Krakow for the XXXI World Youth Day.



Brexit in the monastery: “No events is alien to us”

La Brexit nel monastero: “Nessun evento ci è estraneo”

EN | IT – “Is Brexit for you a distant subject that does not interest you, or is it of some interest for you as well? And if so, in what way?”. That question was posed after the outcome of Brexit to a cloistered nun. The answer, shown here, appears on “santalessandro” the online weekly of the diocese of Bergamo – Italy.


Migration: what is the Eu stake?

Migrazioni: qual è l'interesse dell'Ue?

EN | IT – A few weeks ago, Syrian refugees were shot and injured by Turkish border guards. Eight people lost their lives, including four children. Reports on ill-treatment of refugees at the Syrian-Turkish border are not new. It would be new if the Eu would publicly recognise these atrocities and draw the logical solution to review the EU-Turkey deal signed in March. Instead the Eu prefers to look away or close its eyes, so that this deal may be upheld.


Cop 21: Paris Agreement is moving in the right direction

Cop21: l’Accordo di Parigi va nella giusta direzione

EN | IT | FR – This April saw the launch of the one-year period for national governments to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change reached at the Cop 21 in Paris, the final stage before entry into force. The international community greeted with enthusiasm the substantial Paris Agreement on climate change produced last December by the Unfccc 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties (Cop 21).


Pulitzer for a “subtle lie”

Il Pulitzer per una "truffa a fin di bene"

EN | IT | PL – Armed Hungarian policemen seem to pester the family of refugees thrown on the railway track. The man seems to defend with his own body the woman and a little baby. The picture taken on September,3rd last year on the Bicske railway station by Reuters’ photojournalist Laszlo Balogh was published by newspapers and internet sites worldwide. But Mr Balogh perpetrated a smart ideological manipulation.


We, the children of that dream

Noi, figli di quel sogno

EN | IT – The pope, on receiving the Charlemagne Prize at the Vatican, invited to update the idea of Europe to reach “a Europe capable of giving birth to a new humanism based on three capacities: the capacity to integrate, the capacity for dialogue and the capacity to generate”. Right here emerges the historical task of European Christians who are called to mark the difference between a realism that is not subject to complexity but with courage governs it and a pessimism that surrenders to difficulties, often becoming prisoner of it out of fear.


National Issues

David Cameron and money

David Cameron e i soldi

EN | IT – We shouldn’t blame anybody for the actions of their parents, so it isn’t fair to blame David Cameron for the financial arrangements of his father. Nor can we assume that a person shares the values or principles of their parents, so if Ian Cameron did anything wrong, that should not reflect badly on the Prime Minister either. But when a person becomes an adult, forming their own opinions and values, and aspires to elected office, then we are actively invited to assess their character, their values and beliefs.



The dust of Europe and the dust of Africa

Le ceneri dell’Europa e la polvere dell’Africa

EN | IT | FR – I was told this story which comes from Africa: during a Mass some faithful moved to drop their mite in a tray. A small African child seeing that his turn had arrived, and not having any coin, found nothing better than to put himself in the tray. He had nothing to offer other than himself. What better gift can we do that the gift of ourselves!


A further step towards unity

Un passo in più verso l'unità

EN | IT – Having received the news of the forthcoming meeting between His Holiness Pope Francis and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and of All Russia, the president of Ccee (Council of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Europe), cardinal Péter Erdő, wanted to express his joy at this historic meeting by sending a letter to Patriarch Kirill.


The relaunch of a common security and defence policy

Il rilancio di una politica di difesa e sicurezza

EN | IT | FR – The European Council held on 25-26 June 2015, invited Federica Mogherini to submit a draft Eu global strategy on foreign and security policy within the next twelve months. The Mogherini proposal is designed to replace the 2003 European Security Strategy, long past its sell-by date. Heads of State and Government also mooted a vaguer idea of creating a future defence research and technology programme at the horizon of 2020. That was the extent of their creative thinking on this issue of vital importance.



The joys and challenges

Le gioie e le sfide

EN | IT – We the Bishops from Europe and Africa, delegates of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (Ccee) and the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (Secam) have been meeting here in Mumemo, Mozambique. We spent time listening to the joys and challenges of families, testimonies from delegates and other participants; we have been reflecting, praying and trying to discern what the Holy Spirit is saying today to us as Shepherds of the Church in Africa and Europe…


Intolerance and discrimination against Christians

Intolleranza e discriminazione contro i cristiani

EN | IT – Intolerance and discrimination against Christians was the theme of the conference organized by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (Osce) in Vienna, on 18 May 2015. Delegations of the various states of the Osce region as well as Ngo’s active in the field of intolerance and discrimination against Christians spoke in three sessions about the importance of enhancing efforts to prevent and combat intolerance and discrimination against Christians in the OSCE region, focusing on hate crimes, exclusion, marginalization and denial of rights.


Do not hide the light

Una luce da non nascondere

EN | IT – How many European Catholics – even among the most committed – realized what was staged in Madrid last September 18th-21st? Few, I’m sure, because – with some exceptions – there has been little reference to the second edition of the Social Days for Europe on the very same ecclesial media (not to mention the secular ones). Yet a meeting that was attended by nearly two hundred delegates from 29 European countries would have deserved, by the mere fact of being organized, much more consideration.


The Catholic Bishops of Europe published a Statement in view of the upcoming European elections. In this text, they reaffirm their support for the European project. They encourage all citizens of the European Union to go to the polling booths on the 22nd and 25th May, and to start engaging, during the run-up to the election, in constructive dialogue with their MEP’s and those who are candidates for seats. At the same time, COMECE invites the Bishops’ conferences in the EU, to adopt this text, either by using it as an Election Statement as such or as an inspiration for their own election statements.

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  «Given the importance of the means of social communication, the Church in Europe must necessarily pay particular attention to the multi-faceted world of the mass media. This would include, among other things: the adequate training of Christians who work in the field of communications and of those who make use of the media, for a better understanding of the new kinds of language employed in the media. Special attention should be given to choosing properly trained persons to communicate the message through the media. It would also prove very helpful to have an exchange of information and of strategies between the Churches about different aspects and initiatives concerning this communication. Nor should the creation of local instruments of social communications be neglected, also on the parish level». Continue

(Ecclesia in Europa, 63)
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