The annual meeting of the Eastern Catholic Bishops of Europe took place in Athens, Greece, from 18 to 21 September 2023, entitled: “The Family in the context of the Eastern Catholic Churches in Europe”, on the invitation of His Excellence Manuel Nin i Güell, Apostolic Exarch for Catholics of the Byzantine Tradition in Greece and of Msgr. Joseph Bezazian, Apostolic Administrator of the Armenian Catholic … Continue reading The family in the context of the Eastern Catholic Churches in Europe
President of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE), Archbishop Gintaras Grušas, and president of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira, invite all Christians in the churches, parishes, communities, and persons of good will across Europe to observe the Season of Creation in an ecumenical spirit, united in prayer and action, issuing the following statement. Before becoming a prophet, Amos had … Continue reading Season of Creation 2023: “Let justice and peace flow”
One year after the Russian Federation’s aggression that provoked the war that is still ongoing in Ukraine, the President of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences, Gintaras Grušas, renews his appeal to the international community to work to silence the weapons and stop this conflict. The European bishops and Christian communities continue to pray for the victims of this war and their families: throughout the … Continue reading Ukraine, Grušas: called to be peacemakers!
The situation that the Church in Nicaragua is experiencing is a source of pain and concern. On 11 February, Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa was sentenced to 26 years in prison and lost Nicaraguan citizenship. In the previous days, four Catholic priests, two seminarians and a deacon from the diocese of Matagalpa, arrested together with the bishop, had been sentenced to ten years. On behalf … Continue reading The sympathy and solidarity of the European episcopate to the Church of Nicaragua
The bishops of the European continent have undertaken to develop further “a synodal Church,” following the indications of Pope Francis, rejoicing in how the works of the Continental Assembly in Prague were “an unmistakable sign of our unique belonging to Christ.” The commitment is presented in the concluding note of the bishops, who met in Prague from 10 to 12 February to discern the contents … Continue reading Continental Assembly of the Synod, the Bishops’ commitment.
The first part of the Continental Assembly of the Synod, taking place in Prague from 5 to 12 February, concluded with greetings from Archbishop Gintaras Grušas, president of the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Europe. Four days of prayer and intense work. In the daily Holy Mass and in moments of common prayer, the participants prayed for peace in Ukraine, for the victims of the … Continue reading European Continental Assembly: final remarks
The Council of European Bishops’ Conferences joins the prayers of the whole world in suffrage for the soul of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who died today at the age of 95. The President of the CCEE, H.E. Archbishop Gintaras Grušas, recalls in particular the “European magisterium that Benedict XVI developed during his pontificate, emphasizing the importance of Europe’s Christian roots and highlighting a necessary return … Continue reading Death of Benedict XVI
The CCEE-CEC Joint Committee, the body desired to deepen and develop ecumenical dialogue in Europe, met in Brussels from 28 to 30 November. Several topics were addressed during the meeting between the delegation of the Council of the European Bishops’ Conferences and that of the Conference of European Churches. An update on the synodal process of the Catholic Church was provided with the presentation of … Continue reading Peace and security in Europe, the importance of ecumenical dialogue
On the recent Feast of Saint Jehoshaphat, 12 November 2022, Archbishop Gintaras Grušas, President of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences, concelebrated the Divine Liturgy in St. Peter’s with His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, father and head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Archbishop Grušas was in Rome to attend the plenary of the Vatican’s Dicastery of Communication, of which he is a member, while His … Continue reading Archbishop Grušas celebrates the Divine Liturgy with His Beatitude Shevchuk
Today saw the conclusion of the CCEE Plenary Assembly, two days of online meetings to discuss the current situation in Ukraine and work on the preparation of the Continental Synodal Assembly scheduled to be held in Prague from 5 to 12 February 2023. Just over 200 participants will attend this Church Assembly in the capital of the Czech Republic: 156 will be delegates from the … Continue reading The Church in Europe on the synodal path