Thursday 17. August 2017
Religious Freedom

A dynamic and multicultural European identity

Eglise Catholique

It is Pope Francis, a non-European, who bluntly states that there is a clear European identity. This is an affirmation that will surprise more than one European!  At a time when Europe is looking for a new lease of life, it may be worthwhile to be inspired by what an outsider detects in our own history.

Egypt: A Call for Openness

Catholic Church

A pastoral and political visit by Pope Francis to Egypt between the 28 and 29 April 2017.

What kind of future is there for Iraq?

European Union

Members of COMECE attended the 19th annual EPP (European People’s Party) Group on Intercultural Dialogue with Churches and Religious Institutions, held on 20 – 21 October 2016. At this event the Archbishop of Kirkuk, Archbishop Msgr. Yousif Thomas Mirkis O.P. reported on the expectations of Iraq’s Christians for the future of their country. The following are excerpts from his speech.

US elections and the catholic vote

United States

After ignoring Catholic voters for almost the entire election cycle, the media has finally woken up and recognized that they are important, just a few weeks ahead of the US elections on November 8, 2016.

The burqa debate and the human face

European Union

The Europe-wide debate on the banning of the burqa has divided public opinion. Christian Rutishauser, Provincial of the Swiss Jesuits, poses some fundamental questions about what religious symbols stand for.

The Church's role in upholding human rights

EU Agency for Fundamental Rights

The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights devoted its latest Forum to the topics of inclusion, refugee protection and the digital age: COMECE took active part in the discussions.

The harassment of Christian refugees in European asylum centres

European Union

Some Christian asylum seekers escaping from violence and persecution in their homelands are victims of harassment by extremist Muslims in European refugee centres.

Persecution of Christians: on going and incipient genocide

European Parliament

Increasing evidences suggest that the so-called “ISIS/Da'esh” is committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against Christians and other religious minorities such as Yazidis in the territory under its control.

Europe, who is your neighbour ?

European Commission

Surrounded by an arch of instability, the European Union is currently reforming its Neighbourhood Policy. In which direction should it go?

A new form of anti-Semitism in Europe

Martin Maier SJ

In many European countries, disturbing signs of a new form of anti-Semitism are clearly emerging. Christian Churches are extremely worried by this new phenomenon.

A Catholic voice from the centre of Ukraine

European External Action Service

David Nazar, regional superior of the Jesuits in Ukraine since 2003, gives his view of the presence of the Church from the Maidan square events to the present day.

Agenda

>17 July
The Commission will present its 2017 review of Employment and Social Developments in Europe. This year's edition will focus on the issue of intergenerational fairness.
 
>24 July
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) will bring together economic and financial ministers from all EU member states in order to review EU economic policies, taxation issues and the regulation of financial services.
 
>17-18 July
The Agriculture and Fisheries Council will be held in Brussels. Member States’ ministers responsible for fisheries and agriculture will participate in order to discuss issues relating to agriculture and fisheries, including food safety, animal health, animal welfare and plant health.
 
>31 July – 11 August
COMECE headquarter in Brussels will be closed.
 
28 – 31 August
The European Parliament’s Committees will take place in order to prepare the legislative work for Parliament's plenary.

 

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