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 – Today, Europe is in search of its soul. There is no gap that cannot be filled. To all those whom God loves, to those who believe to be non-believers, to the Christians is the great task of bringing to fruition what Adenauer, De Gasperi and Schuman began.
EN | IT – A major problem of Central European countries that got rid of communist totalitarianism some 26 years ago seems to be the fact that they still haven’t rooted in western liberal democratic mindset sufficiently. The Czech post-communist political scene offers a good illustration.
EN | FR | IT – Quasi mezzo secolo fa, mentre il Concilio Vaticano II si avvicinava alla conclusione, i vescovi della Polonia presero l’iniziativa d’inviare una lettera ai loro confratelli dell’episcopato tedesco. Nel loro messaggio, perdonavano e chiedevano perdono e desideravano “salutare e ringraziare i fratelli protestanti tedeschi” per il loro impegno nel “trovare soluzioni alle difficoltà” che avevano diviso i due popoli. Questo esempio spiega i diversi possibili punti di contatto tra il cammino ecumenico e la costruzione europea: il peso della storia, la gravità delle divisioni, la necessità del perdono.
EN | IT – Thirty years ago, to celebrate the Year of the Family, Pope John Paul II wrote a Letter to Families. The Pope stressed that the family is “the way of the Church” and that “the future of humanity passes by way of the family”. He was also well aware that today, also in Europe, it is very difficult for families to fulfil their tasks properly.
EN | FR | IT – In the next few days, April 2-3, the leaders of Africa and Europe will gather in Brussels for the 4th EU-Africa Summit, seven years after their previous meeting in Lisbon.
It will be an important opportunity especially for the European Union, which is called to rethink its relationship with the African continent. In 1950, in what is known to history as the Schumann Declaration, the then French foreign minister wrote: “Europe shall be able, with increased resources, to pursue the implementation of one of its fundamental tasks: the development of the African continent”.