Monday 19. March 2018
Fundamental rights

Pope Francis and forced migration

Church in Europe
Pope Francis blesses a baby during the foot-washing ritual at the Castelnuovo di Porto refugees center near Rome, Italy, March 24, 2016. Pope Francis on Thursday washed and kissed the feet of refugees, including three Muslim men, and condemned arms m

Pope Francis’ pontificate is coinciding with the rise of numbers of forced migrants to historically unprecedented post-war levels both in Europe but also around the globe.

The Congress of the Hague should inspire a citizens' Europe

European Union

One year ahead of the next European elections, the debate over citizens’ participation heats up: How to bring the institutions closer to the citizens?

European heritage: fostering the desire to know

European Union

The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage more people to discover and appreciate the cultural heritage of Europe. The Apostolic Nuncio to the EU, Mgr Alain Paul Lebeaupin, shares his thoughts with us.

Migrants and Refugees: Pope Francis’ proposals

Holy See

"To welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate migrants and refugees” is the theme of Pope Francis’s Message for the World Day of Refugees and Migrants, which will be celebrated on January 14, 2018.

Brexit and the Irish border: A cry from the heart of an Irish Jesuit

European Union

Closure of the Irish border amounts to a unilateral revocation of the Good Friday Agreement and undermines a central European value of respect for international accords, argues Edmond Grace SJ. 

Continuing the dialogue after Rome

European Union

(Re)Thinking Europe encourages us to continue dialogue on the ground but also between the East and West of our continent, according to Enrico Letta, President of Jacques Delors Institute.

Creating a family of peoples – The Church and Europe

Church in Europe

The Church can provide insights about how to renew Europe as a community of peoples, explains Mgr. Jean Kockerols in the following adaptation of his address to a conference at the Chapel for Europe.

Praying and thinking: the role of Christians in ensuring a human-centred Europe

European Union

European Parliament Vice-President Mairead McGuinness reflects on the contribution of faith to the European vision in an address to a Chapel for Europe conference.

Europe will be united or it will not

European Union

Ophélie Omnes believes that if European construction wants to prosper and develop in the right direction it has to get closer to its citizens and their everyday concerns.

Passion for Europe - Remembering Crisis to Heal Division

Peter Rožič SJ

2017 is a year of anniversaries. In the face of current crises, Europe will do well to remember its previous responses to challenges, says the new JESC director, Peter Rožič SJ.

To be the soul of Europe

Holy See
Pope Francis waves as he leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican August 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Max Rossi  (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION) - RTR43XCT

In his address to the participants of the Conference organised by COMECE and the State Secretariat on 28 October, Pope Francis shared his vision of a Christian contribution to the future of the continent. Abstract.


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