Church relief group – along with over 30 Church and civil society organisations, 42 academics and 45 members of the European Parliament – calls on European Commission to establish legally-binding minimum income scheme
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
“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.
Luis Ritto was from 2006 to 2011 the ambassador of the European Union to the Holy See. Today, he is the professor emeritus of the International School for Protocol and Diplomacy (ISPD) in Brussels, Belgium.
COMECE prepared a list of the main measures put forward in March 2020 by the EU institutions to fight the spread of the coronavirus.
COMECE presented its recommendation paper on “Inclusive Youth and Education Programmes”.
The Presidents of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE) are praying from deliverance from the coronavirus pandemic as Churches in Europe are increasing precautions – albeit with some exceptions.
Church groups and civil NGOs have warned the EU over the Turkey-Greece migrant crisis, urging that “this game, played by the powerful, is putting innocent human lives at risk. It must stop now”.
Justice and Peace Europe, the continental network of 32 national Justice and Peace Commissions mandated by their Catholic Bishops’ Conferences to speak out on the fight for social justice, has warned of the “terrifying decline in the ocean’s capacity to withstand human carelessness”.
With the ongoing Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of the European Union coming to an end this year, the EU Council is under increasing pressure to finalise the budget negotiations.
Lent is starting today. This is a special time of the year when we are invited to pray, reflect and feel closer to one another.
The new Pact on Asylum and Migration: An Opportunity Seized or Squandered?
On the occasion of World Social Justice Day, Catholic Church charity Caritas Europa presented its new ‘Caritas Cares’ 2019 report on poverty and inequality in Europe, in which it found that barriers to access to basic services are the main factor in increasing poverty.
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.
The Catholic aid organisation CIDSE (Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité) has called on the EU “to make the ‘Green Deal’ work” for Europe’s international partner countries, the climate and biodiversity.
On 13 February 2020, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights found that Spain did not violate the European Convention on Human Rights by immediately returning to Morocco people who had irregularly crossed the border into Melilla (one of Spain’s enclave in North Africa).
In a private meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican, Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the World Holocaust Forum Foundation and the European Jewish Congress, discussed focusing future World Holocaust Forums on the ethical and moral issues of the day.
COMECE hosted a 2-day seminar gathering Catholic-inspired organisations to discuss ways to improve people’s working conditions in the global value chain.
A COMECE delegation met with judges of the Court of Justice of the EU to discuss Church-State relations and the increasing impact of the Court’s jurisprudence.
To explore how to better foster integral human development by connecting the roles of faith-based organisations and policy-makers, Caritas Europa and COMECE organised a dialogue.
CIDSE advocates for strengthening legal frameworks to support responsible business activity by setting clear obligations for all based on shared responsibility.
In the context of the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the COMECE Standing Committee has elaborated a declaration on the topic.
The Conference of European Churches participated in the Dialogue on “European Green Deal: Preserving our Common Home” at the European Parliament in Brussels.
COMECE, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, is “annoyed” not to have been included in the new Brussels Conference on the Future of Europe, according to sources.
According to recent statistics, since the beginning of 2019, a total of 238 armed attacks have been reported in Burkina Faso, transforming the African country in the epicenter of the Sahel’s security crisis.
Pope Francis’ 52nd World Day of Peace message in the year 2019, invited us to reflect on the theme “Good politics is at the service of peace”.
In early 2020 the European Commission must come with a ‘fresh start’ to work towards a ‘New Asylum and Migration Pact’.
COMECE, together with the Jesuit Provincial Conferences from Europe and Africa, held a conference on Wednesday 11 December 2019 on the link between “Tax justice and poverty”.
This is the fourth edition of the meeting of legal advisors of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe, which takes place every two years and gives the opportunity to discuss the issues and challenges that the Church faces today in Europe and to share the work of each individual Bishops Conference.
Job creation, social security, art, politics, remittances, international cooperation… migration is “a lever for development both in Europe and beyond”, Catholic Church relief organisation Caritas has recalled today, International Migrants Day.