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).
Greece “is struggling but it is also determined to break the shackles of an economic and financial crisis that brought it to its knees”, the Catholic Archbishop of Athens has affirmed.
“The Mediterranean has forgotten its vocation to hospitality”, the Vicar Apostolic in Turkey has lamented.
Albania bishops met with representatives of the European Union and of the Church to discuss challenges and opportunities for Albania’s EU integration.
The United States has been joined by 26 other countries in a new International Religious Freedom Alliance that seeks to reduce religious persecution across the globe.
More than 3,000 refugees have reached Europe safely and legally via the “humanitarian corridors” set up by the Catholic Community of Sant’Egidio.
The Conference of European Churches participated in the Dialogue on “European Green Deal: Preserving our Common Home” at the European Parliament in Brussels.
The 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, in the spirit of Pope Francis’ words, obliges us to expressly fight against all acts that trample on human dignity: racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism.
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.
An Italian bishop has said that the forthcoming ‘Mediterranean Synod’ in Bari in February will aim to transform the “sea of death” into a “welcoming haven”.
“To rebuild Europe together, we need unity. It is necessary to rediscover the unity which is at the very foundation of the life of the human person” said the Holy See Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Gallagher.
“Building Europe together: 50 years of the Holy See in the Council of Europe”. This is the central theme of the colloquium organised in the Faculty of Theology of the University of Strasbourg, from January 7 to 9, 2020.
The Secretary General of the Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI) has urged the EU to rethink the common European project in the wake of Brexit.
The Irish Primate is defending the “prophet” Greta Thunberg as Polish bishops redouble their attacks on the Swedish anti-climate change campaigner.
“Holocaust deniers are getting stronger and stronger”, a French priest working to document Nazi mass shootings of Jews in World War II has warned.
Young Christians from around Europe have called for improved working conditions and better job security in a Young Christian Workers (YCW) conference in Portugal July 25-29.
The Pope has issued a stirring call to “save” the historical, cultural and geographical unity of Europe from the “frightening thoughts” and “exaggerations” of nationalism and populism.
“Give and it will be given to you”. That’s the task the Pope gave Saturday to over 5,000 scouts and guides from over 20 countries in Europe.
Representatives of European Churches have lamented the “contemporary discimination of the biggest minority group in Europe”, the Roma people, on the 75th anniversary of Roma Holocaust Day.
The Presidents of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and the Conferences of European Churches (CEC) have lamented in a joint message the environmental damage being done to the planet “by selfishness and neglect”.
Caritas Europa and other Church organisations have renewed their call “to stop the criminalisation of solidarity with migrants in Europe”.
Iraqi cardinal Louis Raphael Sako has denounced the rise of “relativism” and “Christianophobia” in Europe.
The Community of Sant’Egidio, one of the Church’s key organisations on the frontline of the European refugee crisis, has said it appreciated new EU Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen’s call to “save human lives” in the Mediterranean.
Sicilian Cardinal Francesco Montenegro has lamented the climate of “anxiety” washing over Europe because of the refugee crisis.
Key figures in the European Catholic Church have welcomed the appointment of German politician Ursula von der Leyen as the new European Commission President.
The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) is calling on EU member states to adopt “people-centred asylum policies”.
Church representatives from across Europe have expressed their disappointment about the failure of EU Ministers of Interior to agree on any arrangement for search and rescue in the Mediterranean.
Government restrictions on religion and social hostilities towards believers are both on the rise in Europe, according to a a major new Pew Research Center study.
The European branch of Caritas, the Catholic Church’s relief, development and social services arm, has denounced the problem of over-indebtedness in a new edition of its online newsletter.
An ecumenical delegation composed of representatives from the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) met in Helsinki on Friday 12 July 2019 with Mr. Pekka Haavisto, Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs, to exchange on the priorities of the Finnish Presidency of the EU Council.