Sunday 25. March 2018

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.

European heritage: fostering the desire to know

European Union

The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage more people to discover and appreciate the cultural heritage of Europe. The Apostolic Nuncio to the EU, Mgr Alain Paul Lebeaupin, shares his thoughts with us.

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.

To be the soul of Europe

Holy See
Pope Francis waves as he leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican August 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Max Rossi  (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION) - RTR43XCT

In his address to the participants of the Conference organised by COMECE and the State Secretariat on 28 October, Pope Francis shared his vision of a Christian contribution to the future of the continent. Abstract.

Is multiculturalism in Azerbaijan a valuable model ?


Could the Azerbaijani model of multiculturalism - consisting of strong state policies which intend to engage civil society - teach Europe about ways to protect minorities without compromising the values of the majority of the population?

Rediscovering the European common good

Church in Europe

The following is an adaptation of a contribution authored by “Passion for Europe”, a group of Catholics of seven nationalities. Coordinated by JESC the group finds hope for a revival of the EU in the vision of its founding fathers and believe that Christians have a special contribution to make.

2018: An entire year of European Cultural Heritage

European Commission

Questions about the merits of the common market are well under way, but the European institutions are keen to ensure that Europe’s cultural heritage is celebrated. 

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.


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