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.
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 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.
EU Agency for Fundamental Rights
The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights devoted its latest Forum to the topics of inclusion, refugee protection and the digital age: COMECE took active part in the discussions.
Some Christian asylum seekers escaping from violence and persecution in their homelands are victims of harassment by extremist Muslims in European refugee centres.
Increasing evidences suggest that the so-called “ISIS/Da'esh” is committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against Christians and other religious minorities such as Yazidis in the territory under its control.
Surrounded by an arch of instability, the European Union is currently reforming its Neighbourhood Policy. In which direction should it go?
Martin Maier SJ
In many European countries, disturbing signs of a new form of anti-Semitism are clearly emerging. Christian Churches are extremely worried by this new phenomenon.
European External Action Service
David Nazar, regional superior of the Jesuits in Ukraine since 2003, gives his view of the presence of the Church from the Maidan square events to the present day.
Under Article 17 TFEU there was a recent exchange of views between religious leaders of the three Abrahamic religions and representatives of the European Parliament.
Ever since the attacks carried out by Muslim terrorists in Europe, there have been increasing calls for much-needed reforms to Islam.