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and coordinate the work of training diocesan vocations directors and the promotion of vocations to the priesthood. POPE JOHN PAUL II AWARDS, YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE CHURCH One important aspect of outreach to the young takes place through the Pope John Paul II Awards, which was created to commemorate the ministry of Saint Pope John Paul II. The award acknowledges young people who take an active part in the life of their parish, in the life of their community and in society. Over 20,000 young people in many Dioceses have successfully completed the Pope John Paul II Award. The award enables participants to become more aware of the teaching and role of the Catholic Church in the world and to engage at a deep level with Christ.  For more information about the award, see Several Irish Bishops and over 1,600 Irish pilgrims participated in the World Youth Day during August 2016 in Krakow, Poland. Many Dioceses have undertaken web-based consultations in preparation for the Synod of Bishops.



NORTHERN IRELAND ASSEMBLY Bishops expressed concern about the absence of constructive political dialogue in Northern Ireland which, in turn, is preventing the operation of the devolved Assembly. Bishops urged all parties to avoid the growing vacuum, and instability, and to enter negotiations in a spirit of generosity and positivity APOSTOLIC NUNCIO A new Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland has been appointed by Pope Francis. His Excellency Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo will replace His Excellency Archbishop Charles Brown, now Apostolic Nuncio to Albania. The Bishops paid tribute to the energy, enthusiasm, warmth and openness with which Archbishop Brown undertook his ministry during his time here, as well as the affection in which he was held by the faithful throughout Ireland.  

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  
Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

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