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An ecumenical delegation of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) have met in Brussels on Tuesday, 7 July 2020, with Mr. Michael Clauss, Ambassador at the Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU, to exchange on the priorities of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

In his greeting today after the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis praised as “commendable” a UN Security Council resolution adopted this week calling for a “global and immediate” ceasefire amid the coronavirus pandemic, and urged the international community to “effectively and promptly” implement that cessation of hostilities “for the good of the many people who are suffering”.

In a vigil against racism Friday night in the Roman Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, Irish-American cardinal and Vatican official Kevin Farrell urged Christians to work for a “reconciled and fraternal humanity” in the wake of protests in the US and around the world over the latest show of police brutality and systemic injustice in the murder of unarmed black man George Floyd.