Martin Maier sj
The 11 November will be the hundredth since the armistice was signed at Compiègne.
The Church in Europe
The meeting in Rome organised by COMECE in October 2017 on the subject of (Re)thinking Europe triggered a large number of reflections by those who believe in the interest of the European construction and wish to increase its visibility among its citizens. This is what gave rise to the Schuman Encounters project.
Since 2014, Prof. Ulrich Bartosch has been leading a seminar project at the Faculty of Social Work of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, which examines the First World War under the heading “Commemorations in connection with the Great War”.
An extraordinary discovery: a bottle found in 1981 under the roof of a farm in Lorraine contained a message left in 1916 by six German soldiers addressed to future generations.
Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck
On 11 November 1918, after a war lasting for more than four years, representatives of the German Empire, France and Britain signed an armistice agreement in a railway carriage in the forest of Compiègne.
Reconciliation between peoples was made difficult by the magnitude of the losses, with 10 million dead. What role did the Catholic church play in the peace efforts?
The reflections of Teilhard de Chardin can help us to perceive how God is present at the heart of situations as tragic as war, as he ventured to put his own experience into words.
The European past is marked by a liability of mutual violence that has yet to be sufficiently discussed. French philosopher Jean-Marc Ferry asserts that part of that past “will not be consigned to the past”.
The House of European History was opened in May 2017 in Leopold Park in Brussels, not far from the EU institutions. It was almost immediately beset by a serious controversy concerning its concept and content policies.
Building Europe through education was among the main proposals the French president Emmanuel Macron put forward in one of the most pro-European speeches by an EU leader that can be remembered since years.
Church in Europe
Music is a particular jewel in the crown of European culture. In this series of articles on the European Year of Cultural Heritage, music scholar and theologian Meinrad Walter looks at Johann Sebastian Bach as a European composer.