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European Youth Symposium

On 18 November 2021, the online preparatory meeting

The organisational phase resumes after the stop caused by Covid

From 20 to 23 October 2022, the European symposium on the proclamation of faith will be held in Krakow at the Sanctuary of St. John Paul II, organised by the Youth Commission and the Catechesis Section of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and by the Archdiocese of Krakow. It will be the evangelical image of the story of the blind Bartimaeus, narrated in … Continue reading On 18 November 2021, the online preparatory meeting »

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President Grušas: Let us walk together

Concluding ceremony in the Basilica of St John Lateran

The Jubilee Assembly of CCEE concluded with a Eucharistic celebration in the Basilica of St John Lateran. Welcomed by H. Em. Card. Angelo De Donatis, Vicar General of His Holiness for the Diocese of Rome, the Presidents of the European Bishops’ Conferences were taken on a guided tour of the Lateran Palace. The Holy Mass was presided over by the new CCEE President, H.E. Msgr … Continue reading President Grušas: Let us walk together »

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Lithuanian Archbishop Grušas is the new CCEE President

Vice Presidents Card. Hollerich and Bishop Nemet

Archbishop Gintaras Grušas of Vilnius, President of the Lithuanian Bishops’ Conference, is the new President of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE). He was elected by the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe, gathered together in Rome for their Plenary Assembly. H.E. Monsignor Gintaras Grušas, 60, takes over as president from Italian Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, who led the CCEE from 2016 to 2021. … Continue reading Lithuanian Archbishop Grušas is the new CCEE President »

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The Hon. Tajani: Europe must rediscover its soul

Europe must rediscover its Christian roots, the centrality of the person and the role of the family

“What Europe expects from the Church” was at the centre of the socio-political analysis by the Honourable Antonio Tajani, former President of the European Parliament, speaker on the third day of the Plenary Assembly in Rome. “The religious aspect of our continent cannot be relegated to a purely private matter for each one of us – affirmed Tajani addressing the European Bishops – because history … Continue reading The Hon. Tajani: Europe must rediscover its soul »

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Bagnasco: in the Gospel is the criteria of true laicity

The meeting of the CCEE with President Mattarella at the Quirinale

Yesterday afternoon the members of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences were received at the Quirinale by the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella. The meeting was opened by Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, President of the CEI, who read the message of Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, CCEE President. “As pastors we have the grace of living with our communities in every corner of the continent, even … Continue reading Bagnasco: in the Gospel is the criteria of true laicity »

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The icon of the Patron Saints of Europe. A symbol of the CCEE Jubilee

The silver bas-relief crafted by goldsmith Michele Affidato

The sculpture symbolising the 50th anniversary of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences was created by the Calabrian master goldsmith Michele Affidato. The work, depicting the patron saints of Europe, is a bas-relief in silver embossed entirely by hand and painted with fire enamels and gold leaf. The splendid effigy was given to Pope Francis at the end of the Eucharistic Celebration in the Vatican … Continue reading The icon of the Patron Saints of Europe. A symbol of the CCEE Jubilee »

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Building a Europe based on dialogue, fraternity and social friendship

A summary of the second day's work

The second day of the CCEE Plenary Assembly opened with a greeting from Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, President of the Italian Bishops’ Conference. Outlining the prospects for a new Europe, the President of the Italian Episcopal Conference said that he dreamt of a Europe based on solidarity, with the dignity of the person at its centre, and which knows how to be a common home. “This … Continue reading Building a Europe based on dialogue, fraternity and social friendship »

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Let us help today’s Europe to rediscover the ever-youthful face of Jesus

Mass at the Vatican presided over by Pope Francis

The Plenary Assembly of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences opened this afternoon in Rome with a Eucharistic celebration presided over by Pope Francis in the Vatican Basilica. Sixty participants took part in this jubilee event to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the CCEE’s establishment. The Holy Father, in his homily, thanked the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences for the “the reconstruction work carried out … Continue reading Let us help today’s Europe to rediscover the ever-youthful face of Jesus »

From 23 to 26 September 2021 in Rome

CCEE Plenary Assembly begins

The working programme

The Jubilee Assembly of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences will begin tomorrow afternoon with Mass presided over by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Basilica. At the end of the Holy Mass, the participants in the Plenary Assembly will gather together at Peter’s tomb to renew their profession of faith. After a period of silence and a moment of personal prayer at the tombs of … Continue reading CCEE Plenary Assembly begins »

CCEE-COMECE Joint Workshop

Eucharist, evangelisation and social commitment in Europe

CCEE and COMECE Presidents speak at the Eucharistic Congress in Budapest

Europe was at the centre of the reflection by Card. Angelo Bagnasco, CCEE President, and Card. Jean-Claude Hollerich, COMECE President, during the joint workshop organised by the two European bodies. Many people crowded the pavilion of the Hungexpo in Budapest, where many of the initiatives of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress took place, to listen to the two prelates talk about “Eucharist, evangelisation and social … Continue reading Eucharist, evangelisation and social commitment in Europe »