Posts From EURCOM

The Church, the prophetic voice of migrants

La Chiesa, voce profetica dei migranti

EN | IT – Rev. Matthew John Gardzinski (Pontifical Council for the pastoral care of Migrants and Itinerant people) at the meeting of bishops and national directors in charge of the pastoral care of migrants in Europe (Vilnius, Lithuania, 30 June – 2 July 2015): “On a political level, no single nation is capable of managing and handling adequately migration alone. It is an effect of globalization, and requires the cooperation and mutual collaboration between States and nations to approach the migration situation humanely, safeguarding the human dignity of every person”.

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.

Scalabrinians’ approval, with some reserves

Il plauso con riserva degli Scalabriniani

EN | IT – While the European Commission has approved a set of measures that the European countries of the Mediterranean will be able to use to handle the emergencies of migration flows, the Scalabrinian Missionaries, even if noting a first positive sign, fail to share fully the announcement of the vice president of EU executive and representative for foreign affairs, Federica Mogherini, who stressed that “in the face of a dramatic emergency” Europe has “finally realized the urgency,” and in recent times has “made great strides” towards a “comprehensive response” to the challenges taking place in the Mediterranean.

Only the path of dialogue prepare for the future

Solo la via del dialogo prepara il futuro

EN | IT | FR – “What is the true face of Islam? Can there be a peaceful perception of the presence of Muslims in our European societies? Are we perhaps seeing a radicalisation of some Muslims? How can we analyse the different currents sweeping through Muslim communities today? What do we think of those young people who ‘convert’ to Islam and are tempted to join the armed forces of the Islamic State?”. With these questions Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, Archbishop of Bordeaux, opened the meeting of bishops and delegates from the Bishops’ Conferences in charge of relations with Muslims in Europe (St Maurice, 13-15 May 2015).

We are all French, we are all Europeans

Siamo tutti francesi, siamo tutti europei

EN | IT | FR – We are all French, “we are all Europeans” also. This statement comes easy after the carnage in Paris that has struck such a terrible blow to France, as well as to the values and cultural world that nourish the entire continent. What happened in Paris was not just an attack against a target that terrorists had defined as ideological – the magazine that had published cartoons portraying Mohammed – but is actually a clash between different views of the world and man.