Wednesday 19. December 2018
Religious Freedom

Albania: why do we want to be part of Europe?

European Union

The Council of the EU has agreed to open membership negotiations with Albania in June 2019. The Bishop of Rrëshen, Mgr Gjergj Meta, explains why the Albanians want to become part of the EU at a time when the UK is preparing to leave.

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A draft law that proposes a ban on circumcision was presented to the Icelandic parliament before ultimately being withdrawn.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.

The religious landscape in Europe

Religions

Yasemin El-Menouar of the Bertelsmann Foundation examines the topic of religion across Europe.

Is multiculturalism in Azerbaijan a valuable model ?

Azerbaijan

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?

An interview with three bishops from England and Wales

EU Commission

What are the pressing concerns of UK Catholic bishops in relation to current questions regarding Europe? Henry Longbottom SJ met with three bishops to find out.

Interreligious dialogue and integration

EU Member States

Welcoming migrants is only a first step; offering spaces and activities that support integration and interreligious dialogue is the next one. Elena Dini shares a concrete experience of dialogue in Rome.

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.

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