Areas of work
CCEE is at the service of the Church in Europe to promote collaboration and effective communion among the Bishops and Bishops' Conferences of the continent.The CCEE is committed to the New Evangelisation and offers its support to all structures of the Church involved in this mission. The CCEE encourages initiatives aimed at witnessing the faith and truth of the Gospel throughout the continent, in order to embrace the people and communities present in Europe.
Together with other International and European Institutions, the CCEE actively participates in debates in the various social and ecclesial fields to promote respect for human rights founded in an anthropology that recognises the dignity of the person created in the image and likeness of God.
Through its regular meetings (links), the activity of its commissions (hyperlink) or special working groups (hyperlink), but also with its position (hyperlink), the CCEE is engaged in the following pastoral, social and themes: legal affairs, catechesis, Christian charity, the Church in the Holy Land, social communications, culture, interreligious dialogue, ecumenism, education, ethics, Europe, the family, justice and peace, religious freedom, new evangelisation, migration and refugees; youth ministry, school pastoral care, university pastoral care, vocation ministry, the promotion of life, social issues and the protection of creation.
The history of the European Continent has always been linked to that of the African Continent.
The Bishops are primarily responsible for teaching the faith. Catechesis is one of the most important dimensions of a Bishop's mission...
On of the urgent and of particular interest field of work for the CCEE is the search for the unity of the Church through the promotion of encounters and friendships between people of other Christian confessions. Since its inception, the CCEE has committed itself to a continuous collaboration with the KEK (Conference of European Churches). In recent years, through the Global Christian Forum, with the passing of the years, contacts have also extended to the evangelical communities.
Faith and Charity
The relationship between faith, charity and evangelisation; the role of the bishops and the faithful, as main protagonists in the pastoral work of charity which goes beyond the response to an immediate need, but offers above all a welcoming community in which lies a testimony to faith in that Jesus who was born poor for the poor..
The family is the basic unit of Society and the Catholic Church has good news for the family. However this area is subject to many challenges, especially in Europe.
The situation of Christians in Holy Land is a matter of concern for Bishops and the entire Church in Europe, as is the situation of the Christians of Middle East. Europe is not only historically connected to the Cradle of Christianity, but is also profoundly united to that region today.
The ongoing wave of migrations along with the progressive multi-cultural nature of European society make a permanent and intense dialogue with the representatives of other religions necessary.
A Europe of rights has become in the last decades more and more important in the life of each single country and of each Bishops’ Conference of the Continent.
The issue of migration has been on the agenda of the Churches in Europe for a number of years. A great number of meetings have been held in order to compare experiences, inform Christian communities and appeal both to the public opinion and politicians.
Religious Education in schools - Catholic and State-owned - represents a very important item in the mission of the Church and in building a stronger European multiculturality.
CCEE is conscious of the situation of Christians in Europe and the need to defend the moral and ethical values which are at the root of our culture. Through various meetings CCEE promotes a profound reflection on the situation of these Christians and the need to enhance the presence of religion in the public sphere.
Pastoral care in schools, the teaching of Catholic religion and Catholic schools represent a very rich expression – albeit a diverse one – of a great tradition. A Specific Section of the Commission ´Catechesis, School and University´ deals with these questions.
Social Communications is a mean to build bridges and strengthen relations between people and communities. It is also a decisive element of our culture to which the Church is very attentive so as to contribute to the reflection on how life is changing but also to encourage the constructive use of the various media.
Social pastoral care of the Church is probably what identifies the Church most for the majority of European citizens. The social dimension of the work of the Church inspired by her social doctrine is in fact part of her mission to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world. It’s a question of evangelisation.
The Safeguard of Creation
Environmental issues seen according to Christian faith and the mission God entrusted to mankind as steward of all His creation, have been on the agenda of the Churches in Europe for a number of years.
CCEE has a specific section of the Commission “Catechesis, School and University” dedicated to pastoral care in Universities; Dialogue between faith and reason and the roots of our culture.
A network of the national directors or centres for Vocations of special consecration has been in existence since 1999 (European Vocations Service - EVS) and became a commission of CCEE in 2006. Since 2012 it is known in CCEE as Commission for Vocations.
Catholic Eastern Rite Churches
Within the Catholic Church there are particular Churches called sui iuris Churches or Rites. These are 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.
The Church in Europe has the task of announcing Jesus Christ to Young People and offering them not only answers to their questions about existence, but also places where to meet People of faith and to experience the life in abundance Christ has won for us.