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Plenary Assembly/3

Europe, wake up!

Final message of the Bishops

During the concluding session of the Plenary Assembly that has taken place in Santiago de Compostela in these last days, the presidents of the European Bishops’ Conferences, members of the CCEE, have addressed a message to the whole of Europe. “From the tomb of the Apostle James, the destination of many pilgrims from every part of our continent, we too, the Bishops of the Council … Continue reading Europe, wake up! »

Plenary Assembly/2

Pilgrims at the Tomb of the Apostle Saint James

On the second day, the gathering of European Bishops

32 Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe were present in Santiago de Compostela for the annual Plenary Assembly, entitled: “Europe, time to wake up? The Signs of Hope”. The second day of the meeting began with the Eucharistic Celebration, presided over by the CCEE President, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, and ended with the pilgrimage of the prelates from Monte do Gozo to Santiago Cathedral, to … Continue reading Pilgrims at the Tomb of the Apostle Saint James »

Plenary Assembly/1

Europe, time to wake up? The signs of Hope

3-6 October, Santiago de Compostela

The annual CCEE Plenary Assembly began yesterday in Santiago de Compostela and opened with the invitation from Pope Francis “to live these days as a journey, aimed at identifying the signs of hope that you find in Europe today”. In the message that he sent to the members of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences Pope Francis recalled that love “is the greatest antidote to … Continue reading Europe, time to wake up? The signs of Hope »

Eastern Catholic Church

The Ecumenical Mission of the Eastern Catholic Church of Europe Today

Meeting of the Eastern Catholic Bishops of Europe

From 12 to 14 September the annual meeting of the Eastern Catholic Bishops of Europe took place at the Ukrainian College of St Josaphat in Rome. At the conference, organized by the CCEE and the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, entitled: “The ecumenical mission of the Eastern Catholic Churches of Europe today”, almost 70 Bishops participated, as well as representatives of the Eastern European Catholic Churches. The … Continue reading The Ecumenical Mission of the Eastern Catholic Church of Europe Today »

Press Release

Europe, time to wake up? The signs of hope

The next Plenary Asembly in Santiago de Compostela

The annual Plenary Assembly of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences will take place in Santiago de Compostela at the Hospedería San Martín Pinario from 3 to 6 October 2019 upon the invitation of the Archbishop of Santiago, H.E. Mgr. Julián Barrio Barrio, and with the support of the whole Spanish Bishops’ Conference. The chosen theme for this Plenary is: “Europe, time to wake up? … Continue reading Europe, time to wake up? The signs of hope »

Press Release

Season of Creation 2019 – The Network of Life

Joint statement issued by Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, President of CCEE, and Rev. Christian Krieger, President of CEC

1 August 2019 Since it has become a fruitful tradition between the Christian Churches in Europe – the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and the Conferences of European Churches (CEC) – they are uniting once again this year in one voice to re-affirm responsibility for creation and issue an invitation to prayer.  The Season of Creation, from 1 September until 4 October, is a … Continue reading Season of Creation 2019 – The Network of Life »

The work of the Plenary in Kampala

SECAM 50th Anniversary

H. Em. the Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo elected new President

More than 500 Cardinals, Bishops and prominent delegates from all over Africa met, from the 20 to 29 July, in Kampala, Uganda for their Plenary Assembly entitled: “Church – Family of God in Africa, Celebrate Your Jubilee! Proclaim Jesus Christ Your Saviour”. The meeting, which takes place every 3 years, was particularly significant because this year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of SECAM … Continue reading SECAM 50th Anniversary »

The Annual Meeting of the General Secretaries

The Hierarchical and Charismatic Dimensions in the Church

St. Mary's College Oscott, Birmingham

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 »

Social Communication Section

Communication in Crisis Situations

Meeting of the Press Officers and Spokespersons of Bishops' Conferences of Europe

How do we deal with and communicate a crisis situation? Are there standard strategies? What is the role of the Press Office? These are some of the questions that opened the annual meeting of the Press Officers and Spokespersons of the Episcopal Conferences of Europe. 53 participants, coming from 27 European countries, arrived in Malta from 17 to 19 June to discuss important issues related … Continue reading Communication in Crisis Situations »

Press Release

Towards a Conversion of Lifestyle

Second European Reflection Day on Laudato Si’

Four years after Pope Francis’ Encyclical letter on the “care for our common home”, representatives of European Bishops’ Conferences, as well as Catholic organisations and movements, held in Brussels the Second European Laudato Si’ Reflection Day on Wednesday 12 June 2019. At the core of the event, a call on Catholics and all people of good will to carry out a lifestyle conversion to answer … Continue reading Towards a Conversion of Lifestyle »