Thursday 8. October 2015


COMECE-CEC Joint Statement on the Migrant crisis



unknownCardinal Marx and Rev. Hill: "We, speaking as presidents of the two largest groupings of Christian communities within the European Union, renew our plea for a concerted, unified political response to the current migrant crisis and pledge the support of the Churches we represent by playing our part, at every level, from the local/parochial to the national, in embracing with generosity the twin challenges of welcoming brothers and sisters from beyond our territorial frontiers in desperate need and who turn to us for help, and of making them an integral part of the European society to which we belong". Read more


Annual Colloquium on Fundamental rights



unknownA first Annual Colloquium on Fundamental rights organised by the European Commission was held in Brussels this 1st October. The Colloquium looked at trends and underlying reasons for antisemitic and anti-Muslim incidents in the EU. Mgr Hoogenboom, Bishop of Utrecht and Member of COMECE stated that “Interreligious dialogue is important for social peace, not only for peace between religions and religious communities.” Download the text of his intervention.




Conference in Cracow: the Catholic Church in the process of European integration



unknownLast 25-26 September, the city of Cracow hosted the 15th edition of a series of annual conferences on the role of the Catholic Church in the process of European integration. The theme was “Dignity – Freedom – Human rights”. The initiative is also based on the desire of the Church to bring its specific contribution into the EU debate on the basis of Article 17 on the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU.COMECE was represented and reaffirmed its willingness to continue its long-standing partnership with the organisers of the event (Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow, Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Poland and Robert Schuman Foundation in Luxemburg). Read the report on the Event



Ecumenical Conference on Climate Change and Papal Encyclical

29 September 2015, 17h00 to 18h30

unknownYou are kindly invited to the high-level Ecumenical Conference on Climate Change and Papal Encyclical: "Speaking and acting on values, climate change and sustainability" on 29 September 2015, from

17h00 to 18h30, in the European Parliament, Brussels.

This event will gather senior Church leaders, representatives of faith-based organisations and from the European Union. They will discuss the urgent need for the EU to take the lead in tackling climate change and what key messages from Laudato Si' and present Christian solutions could contribute to successfully reach political agreements at COP21. Read more and register



Archbishop Hollerich « It is our duty as Christians to welcome the refugees »



unknownAt the very moment when an extraordinary European Council was being held in Brussels on the refugee crisis, Archbishop Hollerich urged Christians to show openness and hospitality: “When so many refugees knock on the doors of our countries, how could we dare not to meet this challenge. It is the Holy Spirit who impels us to open our hearts to the misery of others. It is the Holy Spirit who leads us to welcome our brothers and sisters from countries where war and persecution prevail.” He recalled that this spirit of inclusion should not be based on passing emotions, but be rooted in the fundamental values of the soul of Europe. read more



Mass for Europe

Wed 23 September 2015 at 19:00

The Mass for Europe will be celebrated on Wednesday 23 September 2015, 19:00 at ND du Sablon by H.E. Mgr. Jean-Claude Hollerich Archishop of Luxembourg and H.E. Mgr Jean Kockerols Auxiliary Bishop of Malines-Brussels. Read more



Presidents of CEC, COMECE meet in Munich



unknownThe presidents discussed the current refugee and asylum crisis, and its widespread humanitarian impact. They restated the churches solidarity with those attempting to reach safety in Europe. “The plight of all those suffering in the Middle East, including the region’s embattled Christians remains at the forefront of both our prayers and our ongoing advocacy with the European Institutions,” remarked Bishop Hill following the meeting.

“Those who enter Europe, must not be afraid to drown or suffocate. And they must get a fair asylum process. These are minimum standards which must apply throughout Europe,” added Cardinal Marx. Read more



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