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THE FUTURE OF EUROPE

Poland fears the stranger

La Polonia teme lo straniero

EN | IT | PL – Monday, May 9th, 2016 Europe Day has been celebrated in the West. In countries such as Poland, the Czech Republic or Hungary, however, 9th May is commemorated as the day of the capitulation of Nazi Germany and the end of the Second World War. For the peoples of those countries May 9th , 1945 also meant the beginning of Soviet supremacy which lasted 45 years…

IMMIGRATION

EU and migrants: only steps back

Ue e migranti: solo passi indietro

EN | IT – The European Commission seemed to want to revise the Dublin Regulation III on the access of asylum seekers in Europe. On the evening of 4th May, in Brussels, it fell short of expectations, ignoring the proposals of a centralized European asylum system and the opening of legal and safe channels of arrival.

MEDIA IN EUROPE

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.

POPE FRANCIS AND EUROPE

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.

ON THE STEPS OF THE MEMORY

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.

RUSSIA AND THE WEST

Europe against terrorism

AFRICA AND EUROPE

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!

EUROPE AND THE WORLD

Ideology of the New Right in Hungary

L’ideologia della nuova destra in Ungheria

EN | IT | FR | DE – In contrast to the Fascist movements of the early 20th century, neo-right parties in Europe no longer pursue the objective of the abolition of liberal democracy, but its internal “transformation” through an ethnic consolidation of the political sphere. The Fascist differentiation between master races and inferior races has been replaced by the principle of peaceful co-existence between different ethnicities. The ideology of the so-called “ethnopluralism” affirms the concept of human rights, but erodes their universal substance with a racial interpretation of the term “nation”.

CHRISTIAN CHURCHES

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.


ENVIRONMENT

Cop 21, a question remains in the air

Cop 21, una domanda rimane sospesa

EN | IT | FR – After several years of what has been called “the climate impasse” reaching an agreement (Cop21 – Paris, 30 november-12 december 2015) is a very positive signal. We must recognise that a unanimous agreement by 195 countries, on such a sensitive topic as the climate impacts, it is indeed a very positive step. We know already what it means when agreement is lacking

EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS

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.

EUROPE AND GREECE

FAMILY AND LIFE

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…

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

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.

YOUTH AND EUROPE

Neither lecturers nor teachers, but witnesses

Non docenti né maestri, ma testimoni

EN | IT | FR | DE – CCEE Congress on university pastoral work. How is it possible to help university students to discover and live the fullness of Gospel life, to be and become responsible in life? These were the issues discussed by more than fifty delegates responsible for university pastoral work for the European Bishops’ Conferences along with groups of students from all over Poland, meeting in Lødż (Poland) to reflect on and exchange views about the theme “Being and becoming responsible in life”. The four-day meeting (16-19 April) was organised by the ‘University’ section of CCEE’s ‘Catechesis, school, and university’ Commission.

II CATHOLIC SOCIAL DAYS FOR EUROPE

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.

EcclesiainEuropa

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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EcclesiainEuropa

  «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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