Wednesday 19. September 2018
Institutional Affairs

100th Year of Independence: The cost of freedom for the Baltic countries

Mgr Gintaras Grušas

In 2018 three Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) commemorate the centenary of the restoration of their independence. The Archbishop of Vilnius, Mgr Gintaras Grušas shares his reflection on the deeper meaning of this independence.

The dream of a European Campus

European Union

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.

Austria and the European Union

Cardinal Schönborn
Vorstellung des nachsynodalen Schreibens von Papst Franziskus über Ehe und Familie 'Amoris Laetitia', 'Freude der Liebe', am 8. April 2016 im Vatikan. Bild: Wiener Kardinal Christoph Schönborn.

With Austria set to take over the EU Presidency, the Austrian Bishops, chaired by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, have set out their thoughts on the challenges relating to the European Union that Austria will face during the next six months, in a Closing Statement to their Plenary Assembly on 13 June 2018.

Catholics engaging in politics

Church in Europe

Italian Catholics were recently invited by Pope Francis to be more engaged in politics. Matteo Truffelli, President of the Azione Cattolica Italiana Movement, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary, shares his thoughts on the need to engage in the common good in Europe.

“You shall be my witnesses”

Church in Europe

This is the main topic of the General Assembly hold by the Conference of European Churches (CEC) from 31 May to 6 June in Novi Sad (Serbia). Interview with its General Secretary Fr Heikki Huttunen.

Christians in the European debate

Church in Europe

European Christian associations, coming together under the banner of IXE (The Initiative of Christians for Europe) are seeking to promote the reformulation of a vision for Europe. Philippe Segretain, who led the 2017 Session of the Semaines Sociales de France, sets out his thoughts.

Germany’s difficult departure for Europe

Martin Maier sj

Europe has been used to decades of stable governments in Germany. This changed, however, with the Federal elections on 24 September 2017.

“I dream of a Europe that progresses, socially and in solidarity”

COMECE

Mgr Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg, is the new President of COMECE. In this interview, he shares his vision of a Europe that listens to its citizens. He appeals to a dynamic collective intelligence with which to meet the challenges that Europeans face.

Europe and Israel – exchanges between a rabbi and a diplomat

European Union

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is still a major inflection point for imbalance in the Middle East.

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?

The Bulgarian EU Presidency

Mgr Proykov

A decade after its accession to the EU, Bulgaria is taking over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU for the first time. “For our country it is a great challenge and a great responsibility” says Mgr Proykov. Bulgaria chose its national motto:"United we stand strong" as the motto of its first EU Presidency.

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