On Monday, March 30, the Hungarian parliament granted Prime Minister Viktor Orban indefinite “full powers” to deal with the epidemic of the coronavirus.
“Women have to share power in the Church”, Luxembourger cardinal and President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) Jean-Claude Hollerich has insisted.
With respect to the discord taking hold in the EU over the coronavirus, “the politicians are falling short”, the President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, has denounced.
By expressing “closeness and solidarity” to COVID-19-hit Spain, the German Bishops’ head has shown up the “pettiness” of Chancellor Merkel.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Europe and the world, the presidents of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) have issued a joint call stressing the importance of unity, calling all Churches, communities and political leaders “to show our commitment to European values”.
As the conflict in Yemen entered its sixth year last week, human rights, peace and humanitarian groups from 10 European countries launched an online protest against those fuelling the war.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Caritas Europa and the Jesuit Refugee Service Europe have called for the evacuation of refugee camps on the Greek islands.
Two Conventual Franciscan friars of the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua in Italy tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday.
Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg and President of the Commission of the Episcopal Conferences of Europe, has a concern that comes from the heart.
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.
Austrian and Swiss bishops, along with various Church groups, are urging “solidarity and human rights” in the Greek-Turkish migrant crisis.
Following a deal reached between the European Union and Turkey in March 2016, Turkey has been taking measures to prevent migrants – many of them fleeing the conflict in Syria – from reaching the EU, in exchange for European aid for migrants and refugees, and for relaxation of EU visa requirements for Turkish citizens.
Novena reader and contributor from Athens George Karpouzas has written to us on Facebook regarding an article published on this website March 4 and entitled “Greek Church deplores migrant pincer on Turkey border as Catholic support for refugees floods in from Europe”.
Catholic Church groups are pleading for a “united Europe of humanity” in the face of the refugee tragedy on Greece’s land and sea borders.
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”.
The Greek Church has deplored a migrant pincer on that country’s border with Turkey as Catholic support for the refugees caught in the trap floods in from all over Europe.
The JRS-run Centro Astalli has issued an urgent appeal to European institutions to demand the immediate evacuation of the refugee camps in Greece.
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.
In the face of hatred, fear, and division, Pope Francis called Sunday on the Christian communities of the Mediterranean to recognise the inherent unity of the region’s multiculturalism.
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.
Three leading Cardinals have called for European Episcopal Conferences to help relocate refugees stuck in Lesbos and other reception camps in Greece.
On the first day of their Bari ‘synod’ Wednesday, 60 bishops from 20 countries around the Mediterranean deplored the “economic and interested wall” dividing the countries around that sea.
A Spanish-Moroccan cardinal has blasted Europe for holding to a “nearsighted, selfish, individualistic and unfair” migration policy.
A Vatican and an Italian cardinal are looking forward to the Bari ‘synod’ that begins today with bishops from all around the ‘Mare Nostrum’ as the start of a “great Mediterranean spring”.