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for the victims of sexual abuse. The work of the bishops was focussed around different major themes: vocations to the diocesan priesthood; the political and religious situation in France, with input from the sociologist Philippe Portier, who spoke on the theme: “Society and religion in contemporary France”; the intervention, behind closed doors, from Cardinal Tauran, who came to speak to the bishops about dialogue with Muslims. Other issues were discussed, including the pastoral implications of Amoris laetitia, pastoral work in the world of work and in the community and in rural areas, and an analysis prepared by the CPLP (Permanent Working Group for the Fight against Paedophilia) on the measures adopted by the dioceses in the last six months to combat this plague of paedophilia. The Plenary Assembly concluded with the showing of a film with testimonies from elderly priests. The Spring session took place from 28-31 March 2017. This year, the bishops devoted an entire day to the theme of Church unity and diversity among Catholics. Other issues on the agenda included time devoted to the current situation of the French Mission, followed by a reflection on voluntary work to mark the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Delegation for Co-operation. Time was also devoted to the emeritus bishops and also to the annual contribution to clergy sustenance. The bishops then examined the question of the reform of the structures of the French Bishops’ Conference. The Studies and Projects Committee presented an up-to-date progress report on the activities of the working groups (“Unity of the presbyterate” and “Civil rituality”). This Assembly was also the time for the internal elections and different mandates, including those of the 11 presidents of Councils or Commissions which had expired.

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DOCUMENTS FROM THE EPISCOPATE The journal Documents Episcopat (documents of the episcopate) publishes texts and documents written by people who hold posts of responsibility in the Church, by teachers and experts, on issues of a theological, ethical and pastoral nature. A useful tool for analysing and focussing the major issues which impact on our society, it is published by the General Secretariat of the French Bishops’ Conference. 2016 • N.5: Synods and Council in France – analysis and perspectives • N.6: Mercy, the fruit of the womb - Fr Lataste, figure of mercy • N.7: Laudato si’- Journeying towards ecological conversion • N.8: Comece – Dialogue between the Churches and Europe • N. 9-10: Mercy – Doctrinal session of the French bishops • N.11: Universal Brother, witness and saint – The centenary of the death of Charles de Foucauld • N.12: The challenges of ecumenism today - 50 years after Vatican II 2017 • N. 1-2: Priests coming from other countries – Types and challenges • N.3: With a handicap, living with passion – A foundational event for pastoral inclusivity • N.4: Young professionals – What pedagogy? What accompaniment? • N.5: The Church in the networks: what communion in the digital era? • N. 6 -7: The Churches, a challenge for everyone • N.8: After 500 years, an up-dated Catholic vision of Martin Luther • N.9: Celibacy, celibates: what outlook in the Church? • N. 10: 50th anniversary of the DCC

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

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