EN | IT – Card. Reinhard Marx, president of Comece (Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community) released at Vatican Radio this comment about Pope Francis’ speech on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome (25 March, 2017).
EN | IT – Joint message of the Presidents of Ccee and Cec on the occasion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 january 2017)
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.
EN | IT | FR | DE | PL – The Catholic Church in Europe has lived with joy and hope the Jubilee Year which has just ended. Many graces were received and shared during the Holy Year. We strongly believe that the fruits of this holy season will continue to enrich the journey of faith of the Church in Europe. (CCEE)
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.
EN | IT – During their plenary assembly, the bishops of COMECE have had an exchange of views on the outcome and consequences of the referendum in the UK.
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.
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)
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.
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.