COMECE, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, has labelled Turkey’s decision to reconvert the Istanbul monument of Hagia Sophia into a mosque “a blow to interreligious dialogue”, as CEC, the Conference of European Churches, has warned the move could “potentially create fertile ground for religious hatred and subsequent violence”.
The EU Bishops of COMECE have joined their Ukrainian counterparts in condemning the “deplorable” practice of surrogate motherhood.
The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) has called on the world to redouble efforts to stop the persecution of Christians in Nigeria, as well as to bring criminals to justice, support victims and promote dialogue and peace.
On the occasion of last week’s World Day of the Sick, COMECE welcomes “Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan”, recently launched by the European Commission to propose actions for all stages of the disease.
COMECE hosted a 2-day seminar gathering Catholic-inspired organisations to discuss ways to improve people’s working conditions in the global value chain.
Religious leaders recommit to “reconciled, united, democratic and hospitable Europe” in online meeting with European Commission vice-president
In major joint message. EU prelates urge policymakers “to build up a different model of economy and society” in wake of pandemic
EU Bishops of COMECE: “Solving the climate crisis protects the human family from the dangers of a warming world, and decisive action is needed now more than ever”
COMECE and Justice & Peace Europe call on Brussels to implement a “people-centred”, “sustainable” and “peaceful” EU Arctic policy
Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant representatives and politicians lament in webinar that 11 million Syrians need help, with 80% of people there living below the poverty line
Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich warns on publication of blasphemous cartoons: “There cannot be absolute freedom… freedom of expression must take into account others’ views”
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin urges EU Church “not to remain on the sidelines” in social reconstruction post-COVID-19
Ecumenical delegation urges German Presidency of EU Council to solidarity, speed in recovery plan: “A delay would negatively affect the most vulnerable members of our societies”
COMECE Working Group on Ethics calls on EU, member states to ensure “affordability, sustainability and security” of medical and pharmaceutical supplies
“This new encyclical is a call for a new way of living human relations: not only on paper, not only by words, but with our daily actions”, says COMECE secretary general Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto
Dr. Margarita Starkeviciute says she agrees with pontiff “that it is necessary to pay more attention to social factors” in markets
The Archbishop of Luxembourg and president of the EU Bishops warns nationalistic responses to COVID have “the explosive power to smash the EU”
Vatican OSCE representative warns COVID-19 transforming trade in people into an “ever-growing internet business”
“Let’s welcome migrants with humanity, fraternity and solidarity. Let’s give them a place at our table”, said Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, President of COMECE, on the eve of the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which will be celebrated on Sunday 27 September 2020.
The head of the German Bishops’ Conference has clapped back at the cardinal of Cologne after he warned of the danger of schism emerging from the German Church’s ‘synodal path’ reform process.
“It is clear” that current opportunities for women in the Church are “not enough”, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich has lamented.
Cardinal Konrad Krajewski is leading the Church outrage over the Moria refugee camp fires, denouncing that “inhumane” EU migrant policy is “killing” new arrivals to the continent.
Two cardinals and an archbishop have said that “Europe should be ashamed” after a devastating fire in a Greek island migrant camp.
Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich has said that the COVID-19 pandemic is the right time to settle the debt Europe has accrued with Africa after having exploited its resources.
The memorial to victims of Nazism and Stalinism cuts right to the heart of the tiny Catholic Church in Estonia.
Political and opinion leaders, scientists and civil society almost entirely agree that post-COVID economies should be run differently.
“On behalf of all the Bishops of the European Union, I share the drama and sadness of the people of Beirut following the horrific and deadly explosions in the port of the capital of Lebanon”, the president of the Commission of the Bishops of the EU (COMECE), Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, has said.