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Poverty and social exclusion in Europe

Povertà ed esclusione sociale in Europa

EN | IT | FR | DE – Care and respect for the poorest and most vulnerable persons in a society are the basic criterion for social justice. The Bishops of COMECE note that, in a European Union founded on Christian values, almost a quarter of the population still lives at risk of poverty and social exclusion. We believe it is our duty to call for an integrated approach to combat deprivation and social exclusion. Only a close complementarity of policies in all relevant fields at all levels can eliminate the structural causes of poverty and promote the integral development of every member of society, including the most vulnerable.

San Martino, a face of the European humanism

San Martino, un volto dell’umanesimo europeo

EN | IT | FR | DE | PL – On the occasion of the closing of the commemorative year for the 17th centenary of the birth of St. Martin of which the Church celebrates the liturgical memory on November 11, the Ccee Presidency sent a letter to the episcopate and all the people of Hungary in the persons of the President of the Hungarian Bishops’ conference, bishop of Györ, Msgr. András Veres, and the Primate of Hungary, Cardinal Peter Erdo, former president of the Ccee.

Build bridges of justice rather than walls of fear

Costruire ponti di giustizia piuttosto che muri di paura

EN | IT – We, delegates from 21 European Justice & Peace Commissions, came together in Luxembourg from 30 September to 3 October 2016 to fulfil our responsibility to explore the challenges of security facing Europe in dialogue with representatives of politics, the military, Eu institutions and civil society. Welcomed by the parish of the village of Schengen at Mass with a choir from the European School, we shared in the spirit of Schengen, united in diversity through prayer and song.

To ensure the dignity of individuals and communities

Garantire la dignità delle persone e delle comunità

EN | IT | FR | DE – As Bishops Presidents of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Europe, gathered in the Principality of Monaco for our annual meeting, we dealt with the tragic urgency of the growing acts of persecution against many Christians in various parts of the world. We strongly express our firm condemnation of these events which affect human rights and especially religious freedom. These are manifestations of an irrational violence which is fuelled, too often, by a call to religious motivations that are an abuse and an insult to the very name of God. (Message adopted by the CCEE Plenary Assembly – Principality of Monaco, October 9, 2016)

Evangelizing Europe

Evangelizzare l’Europa

EN | IT | FR | DE – The annual meeting of the CCEE, celebrating this year its forty-fifth anniversary, was held in the Principality of Monaco (October 6-9, 2016) on the invitation of its local Archbishop, Msgr. Bernard Barsi. The intense and fruitful work took place in an atmosphere of consolidated fraternity and with pastoral love for the peoples of the continent. Starting from the deep experience of unity experienced in these days, the bishops reaffirmed their commitment to reflect on the best ways to value the various social and ecclesial realities today.

The Christian duty to give hope

Il dovere cristiano di dare speranza

EN | IT | FR | DE – By continuing a process which had been set out along with several European Catholic organizations (Caritas Europe, COMECE, Commission Justice and Peace Europe, FEAMC, ICMC, ICCPPC, FEBA, and UNIAPAC), the CCEE Commission Caritas in Veritate in collaboration with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bosnia-Herzegovina promoted a meeting for the protagonists of the Works of Mercy in Europe (Sarajevo, 15-18 September 2016). It was also the occasion for reflecting on the urgency and the topical character of Mercy in Europe today and the different forms of commitment of the Church.