In a message to mark Europe Day this May 9 and the 75th anniversary yesterday of the end of World War II, the Jesuit Conference of European Provincials has urged the EU not to return to the “old normal” after COVID-19 but instead to work for “radical change” by bringing about “effective solidarity with the poor, the natural environment and future generations”.

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, or COMECE, has today alerted in a press release that “freedom of religion is at stake” in ongoing COVID-19 church closures, at the same time it called on governments to reopen churches in “a clear and non-arbitrary way, in full respect of and in dialogue with ecclesial institutions”, in the words of its General Secretary, Father Manuel Barrios Prieto.

COMECE, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, welcomes the statement recently released by the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), calling the EU and its Member States to be vigilant on the “necessity and proportionality of any policy and technological intervention that – taken in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic – suspends, even temporarily, fundamental rights”.