Msgr. Ivo Fürer, Bishop Emeritus of St. Gallen, died on Tuesday 12 July; he was 93 years old and had been ill with Parkinson’s disease for some time. From 1977 to 1995 he served as General Secretary of the CCEE, and from 1995 to 2006 as Bishop of St. Gallen. The funeral service will take place next Monday, 18 July at 10 am in St. … Continue reading Monsignor Ivo Fürer, Bishop Emeritus of St. Gallen, has died
From 30 June to 3 July, at the Headquarters of the Croatian Bishops’ Conference, was held the meeting of the General Secretaries of the European Bishops’ Conferences entitled, “The Church in Europe on the Synodal Path”. Welcoming the participants was H. Em. Card. Josip Bozanić, Archbishop of Zagreb, who, in his speech, stressed the generosity of people, especially young people, in helping those in need … Continue reading The Church in Europe on the Synodal Path
Many times, we hear that the Church needs to be more credible and that if the world does not believe, it is because the Church is not credible enough. It is precisely from this conviction that the meeting of the General Secretaries of the European Bishops’ Conferences began. Two days of online meetings brought together 48 participants connected from their respective headquarters, to reflect together on … Continue reading Authenticity of the Church and Credibility in Her Mission starting from the Encyclical Ecclesiam Suam
The 47th meeting of the General Secretaries of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe took place from 1 to 4 July in Birmingham. The Rector and seminarians of St. Mary’s College Oscott in Birmingham welcomed the 40 participants from 27 Episcopal Conferences, precisely on the day when Pope Francis announced the date of canonization of the Blessed Card. John Henry Newman who received his Confirmation there … Continue reading The Hierarchical and Charismatic Dimensions in the Church
The culture of the encounter was the focus of the annual meeting of the General Secretaries of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences in Europe, from June 29 to July 2, in Cyprus, the Island of the Apostles Paul and Barnabas. In Nicosia, the General Secretaries confirmed their commitment to promoting the culture of encounter within the Church, in ecumenical relations, and with the whole world. This … Continue reading Do not be afraid, I am with you!
By its very nature, the Church is based “on relationships.” In her, people meet God and meet one another. This is why she is also “in relationship” with all men and women. Pope Francis makes a constant appeal for the whole Church to commit herself in promoting the culture of the encounter. In Europe, this is an urgency on many levels. But how can we … Continue reading The culture of the encounter