Annual Meetings

In the course of the year CCEE organizes numerous meetings in which the Church makes its contribution in the European continent. There are three meetings in particular which take place each year:

• The Plenary Assembly, which brings together the Presidents of the 33 CCEE member Bishops’ Conferences, the Archbishops of Luxembourg, of the Principality of Monaco, the Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus, the Bishop of Chişinău (Moldova), the Eparchial Bishop of Mukachevo and the Apostolic Administrator of Estonia.

• The meeting of the Secretaries General of the Bishops’ Conferences in Europe

• The meeting of the Catholic Bishops of the Eastern Churches

• The meeting of the Media Officers and Spokespersons of the Bishops’ Conferences from the continent.

CCEE’s Annual Meetings are:

The central and undoubtedly the most significant rendezvous among the annual meetings organized by CCEE is the Plenary Assembly gathering all the Presidents of the 33 Bishops’ Conferences in Europe and the Bishops of the six individual dioceses, which are not part of a Bishops’ Conference.

The Plenary Assembly is also usually attended by the Presidents of the CCEE Commissions and, with the status of permanent guest, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Kazakhstan.

Because of their function, also the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, the President and Secretary General of COMECE, the Apostolic Nuncio to the European Union, the Holy See’s Special Envoy - Permanent Observer to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, are invited at the CCEE Plenary Assembly.

The Presidency of CCEE may also invited from time to time by the Presidents of other continental episcopal bodies from Africa (SECAM), Latin America (CELAM) and Asia (FABC).

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Every Bishops’ Conference has a Secretary General who has the task of co-ordinating the daily work of the Conference and its internal and external relations.

Once a year, CCEE organizes a meeting of all the Secretaries General of Europe’s Bishops’ Conferences: this meeting is a real experience of ecclesial communion and a privileged opportunity for the sharing of ideas and expectations about the work the Conferences undertake at the local level and to examine common issues or necessary collaboration. The Secretary General of Comece (Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union) also takes part in the meeting.

Within the Catholic Church there are particular Churches, called sui iuris Churches or Rites, in full communion with the Church of Rome but distinguished from the Latin Catholic Church by their different forms of liturgical worship and popular devotion, sacramental (administration of the sacraments) and canonical (juridical norms) disciplines, terminology and theological traditions.

Once a year the Bishops of Catholic Eastern Rite in Europe meet in order to reflect and examine in depth the specific contribution which these churches bring to the common and universal mission of the Church.

CCEE sponsors these meetings and collaborates in the organization to encourage co-operation and communion between the Eastern and Latin Church throughout the continent.

The Media Officer of a Bishops’ Conference has the task of managing relations with the media in his / her country. Once a year, CCEE brings together all the media officers and spokespeople of the Bishops’ Conferences in Europe for a meeting where they have the opportunity to dialogue together about the challenges concerning the European Church in the area of communications and are able to develop new relationships with a view to more effective collaboration.