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Social Communications Section

Pandemic and Ecclesial Communication: new pastoral challenges

Meeting of the press officers and spokespersons for the European Bishops' Conferences

48 participants from all over Europe met online for the annual meeting of the Press Officers and Spokespersons for the European Bishops’ Conferences on the theme “Pandemic and ecclesial communication: new pastoral challenges”. It was a meeting to reflect on how to live up to the challenges of this time: the digital environment, new forms of socialisation and participation, potential and critical issues for communication, … Continue reading Pandemic and Ecclesial Communication: new pastoral challenges »

CCEE Presidency

Appeal to Europe for Lebanon

Together with Pope Francis we pray for the gift of peace and stability

Accepting the invitation of Pope Francis to pray for Lebanon, the CCEE Presidency, on behalf of the Bishops throughout the continent, joins “our brothers and sisters of faith and humanity in Lebanon” and invokes the gift of peace and stability together with a renewed commitment to support the Country of the Cedar. Making their own “the requests of the Assembly of Patriarchs and Catholic Bishops … Continue reading Appeal to Europe for Lebanon »

EVS - Vocations Section

The challenges of vocation ministry in Europe in the time of the pandemic

Annual meeting of the directors for vocational pastoral work

The annual conference organised by the European Vocation Service was held on 14 and 15 May. The online mode enabled some fifty delegates from twenty-two European Bishops’ Conferences to attend. The introduction to the work by H. Em. Card. Angelo Bagnasco, CCEE President, renewed the awareness of the uniqueness of each vocation and its singularity in the service of the Church. Father Valdemar Linke, a … Continue reading The challenges of vocation ministry in Europe in the time of the pandemic »

Family and Life Commission

Family: for a pastoral ministry of mission and communion

First online meeting of the Bishops and national delegates

50 participants from 28 European Bishops’ Conferences met online for the meeting of National Directors for Family and Life, organised by the CCEE’s Family and Life Commission. The meeting, which was due to take place in Vilnius in May 2020, but was cancelled due to the pandemic, was opened by greetings from H.E. Msgr Arūnas Poniškaitis, Vice President of the Family and Life Commission and … Continue reading Family: for a pastoral ministry of mission and communion »

European Youth Symposium

Postponed further, Krakow meeting to be held in 2022

Organised by the CCEE Youth Commission and the Archdiocese of Krakow

The current health situation, the persistent difficulty of moving from one country to another as well as social distancing is preventing the smooth development of the Youth Symposium. Initially programmed for 2020 after the publication of the Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit and in order to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Saint John Paul II; then postponed until October 2021 due to the … Continue reading Postponed further, Krakow meeting to be held in 2022 »

Ecumenism

CCEE and CEC celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Charta Œcumenica

Joint Statement from the Presidents

The “Charta Œcumenica – Guidelines for the Growing Cooperation among the Churches in Europe“, signed in 2001 by the presidents of CCEE and CEC, is a fundamental document that seeks to preserve and develop brotherhood between the European churches. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Charta, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, President of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE), and Rev. Christian Krieger, President of … Continue reading CCEE and CEC celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Charta Œcumenica »

Interreligious Dialogue Section

Interreligious Dialogue: the horizon of fraternity and the ways of religious education

The online meeting of the Bishops and National Delegates

The webinar of the CCEE Interreligious Dialogue Section took place yesterday, 5 November, entitled: “Interreligious Dialogue: the horizon of fraternity and the ways of religious education”. At the online meeting, that was originally supposed to take place in Sarajevo from 21 to 23 April 2020 and postponed due to the coronavirus, was participated in by 37 Bishops and National Delegates. Ad aprire i lavori è … Continue reading Interreligious Dialogue: the horizon of fraternity and the ways of religious education »

Catechesis Section

Presentation of the new Directory for Catechesis

The online meeting of Bishops and those responsible for catechesis from the European Bishops' Conferences

The meeting of the CCEE Catechesis Section, which was held by videoconference on the morning of Wednesday 14 October 2020, had as its theme the presentation of the new Universal Directory for Catechesis. 27 Bishops and National Directors, responsible for the catechesis of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe, met online to reflect on the effects and challenges that the new Directory will bring to pastoral … Continue reading Presentation of the new Directory for Catechesis »