Wednesday 20. June 2018
Intercultural Dialogue

A ban on circumcision?

Iceland

A draft law that proposes a ban on circumcision was presented to the Icelandic parliament before ultimately being withdrawn. However, similar proposals are being considered in several regions of Europe. This would be a violation of the European and international laws ensuring religious freedoms, according to Grégor Puppinck.

“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.

The EESC, an organisation essential to governance by dialogue

European Economic and Social Committee
Brussels , 09/04/2018eesc nouvelle présidence + Cabinet.Credit : Frederic Sierakowski / Isopix

An interview with Luca Jahier, who was elected President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 17 April.

European memories: integrating our common past

European Union

2018 will be dominated by the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. According to the EU Ambassador to the Holy See Jan Tombinski, addressing gaps in a collective European conscience is indispensable to prevent the degradation of hope for a common future.

Christians and cinema, a long companionship in Europe

Church in Europe

Cinema is an integral part of the European cultural heritage. Continuing its series of articles on the European Year of Cultural Heritage, Europe Infos turns to European cinema and the contributions made by Christians, with the President of the Cinema department of SIGNIS, Magali Van Reeth.

“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.

Education: Extending competence or going beyond?

European Commission
Studious female high school student

Critical reviews of two training documents from the EU Commission and the Holy See: how do they differ, where do they agree and in what areas do they complement one another? An invitation to further analysis.

Ecclesia in Europe

Cardinal Marx

At the end of his term as President of COMECE, Cardinal Reinhard Marx looks back on his experiences and puts forward guidelines for cooperation within the Church in Europe – the joint testimony of the Church to the power of the Gospel for the benefit of the people of Europe.

The European Year of Cultural Heritage and the church

Martin Maier sj

The European Commission has made 2018 a “European Year of Cultural Heritage”. This recalls the statement attributed to Jean Monnet: “If I were to do it again from scratch, I would start with culture.”

Europe: peace is first and foremost a struggle

European Union

For Bernard Phillippe, there is an urgent need to challenge religious traditions, to illicit from them what they might bring to the service of conflict resolution and the building of more active coalitions which serve peace.

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