The meeting of bishops and national directors for Family and Life of the European Bishops’ Conferences was held in Bucharest from 8 to 10 May, discussing the theme: “Lord, how can we know the way?” (Jn,14:5). The family in Europe today”. In two days of work, 40 participants from 22 countries examined the situation in their nations, discussing how to spread the themes of the … Continue reading “Lord, how can we know the way?” (Jn,14:5). The family in Europe today
From 25 to 27 April 2023, the annual meeting of the CCEE National Directors for Catechesis took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The theme of the meeting, which was attended by 26 participants, including bishops and national delegates from 20 European countries, was “The parish community as a place of the culture of encounter and encounter with culture”. Among the participants were H.E. Msgr. Gintaras Grušas, … Continue reading The parish community as a place of the culture of encounter and encounter with culture
As of today, the final document of the Continental Assembly of the Synod, which was held in Prague from 5 to 9 February 2023, is available on the Assembly website (https://prague.synod2023.org/en/) and the website of the Council of the European Bishops’ Conferences (https://www.ccee.eu). The draft document was accepted by the Assembly in the final session on 9 February. Both in the debate immediately afterwards and … Continue reading The Final Document of the Continental Assembly of the Synod is published
Mgr. Mariano Crociata, Bishop of Latina, is the new President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE). He was elected by the Bishop Delegates of the EU Bishops’ Conferences, gathered in Rome for their 2023 Spring Assembly. Mgr. Crociata, 70, takes over as President from Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ for the period 2023-2028. Upon his election, the Bishop of Latina … Continue reading His Excellency Mgr. Mariano Crociata (Italy) is the new President of COMECE
In an extensive address in Vilnius, during the meeting organised by the European People’s Party’s Working Group on Interreligious Dialogue and in the presence of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop Gintaras Grušas, President of the Council of the European Bishops’ Conferences, relaunched the requirement for ecumenical commitment to overcome divisions and work towards reconciliation on the continent. He emphasised that this commitment can also be decisive … Continue reading Grušas: a Christian appeal is needed in Ukraine to overcome the narrative of war
On the tenth anniversary of his pontificate, European bishops join Pope Francis in calling for a just peace in Ukraine; they thank the Pope for his extensive “European magisterium,” retracing some of its fundamental stages, highlight the commitment to “help Europe rediscover the ever-young face of Jesus and his bride.” These are the main contents of the letter of good wishes that the Presidency of … Continue reading Wishes to Pope Francis on the tenth anniversary of his pontificate
Two days of meetings were held to define the pastoral and social challenges created by the war in Ukraine. The Council of the European Bishops’ Conferences brought together those responsible for the pastoral care of Ukrainians throughout Europe for the Catholic Response for Ukraine, known as CR4U, at its headquarters in St. Gallen on 23 and 24 February. CR4U brings together all the Catholic associations … Continue reading War in Ukraine, the CCEE gathers those responsible for the pastoral care of Ukrainian refugees
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.