Monday 21. August 2017
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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.

Getting together one year on: Celebrating the memory of British MP Jo Cox

UK Parliament

June marks the first anniversary since the murder of the gifted social justice campaigner and British MP, Jo Cox. A series of events are planned to celebrate what unites communities.

Brits Abroad: Young Catholics experience the European side of Brexit

Church in Europe

The Faith in Politics interns of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales reflect on a visit to Brussels, how Brexit influences their work and the church in the UK.

Lessons learned, the future and what religion can offer

European Union

Manfred Prisching, Professor of Sociology at the University of Graz, looks for ways out of Europe’s political, economic and social crisis.

Daring to dream of a new Europe – the Church responds to the Pope’s challenge

COMECE

While receiving the Charlemagne Prize on 6 May 2016, Pope Francis invited us to dare to dream of a new Europe. For him this means moving from a cash-based economy to a social economy, a project which could instil enthusiasm in the younger generation and for which he looked for support from the Church. Is this project Utopian or could it be achieved?

Compassion in times of moral panic

European Union

On 24 October 2016, the European Commission held its annual dialogue seminar with the Christian churches, entitled “Migration: Mapping and addressing fear”. The Hungarian sociologist of religion, András Máté-Tóth of the University of Szeged, gave one of the two keynote speeches. We set out here an abridged, slightly redacted text of his address.

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 protection of religious heritage in Europe

European Union

Future for Religious Heritage (FRH) is a secular non-profit association. It is the only European network of charities and conservation departments of governmental, religious and university institutions, and other professionals who work to protect religious heritage buildings across Europe. Interview with Lilian Grootswagers, FRH Council Secretary.

“What have you done to your brother?”

COMECE

COMECE’s Secretariat has a new General Secretary: interview with Fr Olivier Poquillon, a Dominican, who will take up his post at the beginning of September.

Superficial values

Johanna Touzel
epa04761861 President of the European Council Donald Tusk (L-R), President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker during arrivals at Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, Latvia, 22 May 201

In recent months the word ‘values’ has been all the rage in Europe’s political circles and media – but what exactly does it mean?

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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