The annual COMECE-CCEE Presidencies meeting was held on Wednesday, 3 June 2020 with a special focus on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The EU Bishops of COMECE have joined their Ukrainian counterparts in condemning the “deplorable” practice of surrogate motherhood.
“Justice must not be just a slogan”, EU Bishops have warned the bloc on the economic and social recovery after the coronavirus pandemic.
“May your example ignite in society a renewed desire to promote an authentic culture of welcome and solidarity”, Pope Francis wrote to the Italian Jesuit Refugee Service.
The EU Bishops of COMECE, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, have criticised the “self-centric” actions of member states during the COVID-19 pandemic and urged them to adopt a new Brussels-proposed rescue fund.
The COVID-19 crisis “is nothing compared to the difficulties that will be caused by climate change”, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich has warned.
The Centro Astalli – the Italian Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) – has accused the EU of a “shameful tug of war” over migrants.
A prosecutor in Montenegro has released from detention nine Serbian Orthodox Church clergy whose arrest triggered a diplomatic row with Serbia and clashes between police and protesters.
German Churches have criticised EU migration and refugee policy, calling it, in its extremes, “incompatible with human dignity”.
On the occasion of the International Day of Families, Caritas Europa calls on the EU to prioritise the creation of the Child Guarantee and to back it with sufficient funds.
In statements for Europe Day this May 9, Church aid organisation Caritas Europa and the European Christian Workers’ Movement have warned the 27 member states of the EU that “this is the hour of truth” for the Union.
Pope Francis turned his thoughts to Europe on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration of 9 May 1950.
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”.
On the occasion of Europe Day this May 9, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich has exhorted the continent to “solidarity and charity” to beat the “virus of nationalism and egoism”.
Recalling the end of World War II on Victory in Europe Day today, the German Churches have issued a call “to resist hatred and to advocate for justice and reconciliation”.
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.
“The adverse repercussions of the virus on the economy will not be bearable for long”, the president of Caritas Greece has alerted the EU.
At the start of Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Wednesday, the liturgical memorial of St. Catherine of Siena, patron saint of Europe and virgin and doctor of the Church, Pope Francis prayed for Europe.
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”.
“The pandemic should not be an excuse to let human beings die in the Mediterranean Sea”, the General Secretary of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), Fr Manuel Barrio Prieto, has cried.
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has warned that the situation for asylum seekers on Lesbos is a “health bomb” due to the coronavirus threat.
During a telephone conversation with the French President, Pope Francis expressed his closeness and support to France, where Covid-19 has claimed more than 20,000 lives.
At the Mass he celebrated in the Chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on this Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter, Pope Francis raised a prayer for Europe.
A lack of solidarity during the coronavirus crisis could be the “fatal wound” to the European Union project, one of the continent’s top cardinals has warned.
Caritas Europa has joined a call to defend the rights of migrant farm workers, amid fear of food supply shortages in coronavirus times.
The Bishops of Malta have asked the Vatican to “intervene” with the EU to relieve the “huge pressures” on that country’s reception and asylum system.
COMECE calls EU members states to show generosity in accepting the relocation of asylum seekers from Greek islands.
A papal economist has criticised countries such as the Netherlands and Germany for their lack of solidarity in the coronavirus crisis with Italy and Spain.