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ITALY EARTHQUAKES The period June 2016 - June 2017 was marked dramatically for Italy by a series of earthquakes which began on 24 August and continued in subsequent months, affecting the central regions of the country (Abruzzo, Marche, Lazio and Umbria). The church community rallied massively (on 18 September 2016 there was also a national collection), while, on 28 November 2016, the Italian Bishops’ Conference signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Extraordinary Commissioner of the Government and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism to identify the priorities, procedures and terms for the recovery of the cultural heritage of religious interest. REFUGEES Another area in which the Bishops have acted in understanding with the institutional representatives of the Italian State is that of seeking humanitarian corridors for refugees (Eritreans, Somalis and South-Sudanese), with the signing, on 12 January 2017, of an appropriate agreement. On 7 March a new agreement enabled the arrival in Italy of 41 people, including many with serious health problems, from the refugee camps of Jordan, while unceasing support has been offered, through the 8xmille funds, to entities working in the migrants’ countries of departure and here, for their welcome and integration. In this regard, in recent months work has been on-going to put the finnishing touches to an important project which will be presented in Autumn 2017: “Free to leave, free to remain”, a campaign on the phenomena of migration which will be developed on the cultural and pastoral fronts, but which also considers the financing and realisation of projects in the countries of departure and in those of the migrants’ destination. 26TH NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS, WYD IN KRAKOW, ASSASSINATION OF FR HAMEL The 26th National Eucharistic Congress took place from 15-18 September 2016. The Eucharist source of mission: “In your mercy you came to encounter everyone” was the theme which drew delegations from all Italian dioceses to Genoa. Just before, from 26-31 July, the Italian Church also particpated in the XXXI WYD in Krakow: 136 Bishops and 2,250 priests accompanied more

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SECRETARY GENERAL HIS LORDSHIP MGR. NUNZIO GALANTINO BISHOP EMERITUS OF CASSANO ALL’JONIO

than 90,000 young people. During WYD, the Italian bishops were united in prayers in remembrance of Fr Jacques Hamel, the priest assassinated in a church near Rouen, and there was no lack of words of condemnation and hope in the future following the numerous bloody terrorist events which have taken place throughout the year in various parts of the world. REFORM OF THE MARRIAGE PROCESS On 1 June 2016, Pope Francis instituted a working group – co-ordinated by the General Secretary of the Italian Bishops’ Conference – to look at the main interpretative and applicable issues of common interest about the reform of the matrimonial process introduced by the Motu Proprio Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus. After little more than a month, on 7 July Mgr Galantino was able to present the outcome of the work to the Holy Father, receiving guidance and encouragement. CATHOLIC RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND CATHOLICS’ SOCIAL WEEK In January 2017, thirty years after the revision of the Concordat, the IV national inquiry into Catholic Religious Education was presented, while preparations are on-going for the celebration (in Cagliari, from 26-29 October 2017) of the 48th Social Week for Catholics in Italy, which will have as its theme: “The work we desire. Free, creative, participatory and supportive”. There are three main objectives: to denounce illegality and exploitation, to raise awareness of good practice, and to create alternative proposals. SESSIONS OF THE PERMANENT EPISCOPAL COUNCIL AND THE PLENARY ASSEMBLY The three sessions of the Permanent Episcopal Council held in September 2016, January and March 2017, prepared for the celebration of the General Assembly, held from 22-25 May 2017 in the Vatican and open to intervention from the Holy Father. During the assembly, for the first time a terna of diocesan bishops was chosen, from which the Holy Father appointed as new President Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, Archbishop of Perugia – Città della Pieve. Thus Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco’s mandate guiding the Italian Bishops’ Conference came to an end, and in the meantime, on 8 October 2016, he had been elected President of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences.

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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