LITTERAE COMMUNIONIS •2016-2017
AUTUMN PLENARY MEETING ON THE PLIGHT OF EUROPE’S POOR The plight of Europe’s poor was the main topic of the plenary session of the Bishops of COMECE on 26-28 October in Brussels. 119 millions Europeans, almost a quarter of the European population, are at risk of poverty and social exclusion. During this meeting, the bishops representing the Catholic Church in the 28 EU member states dialogued with Caritas Europe, the humanitarian arm of the Church, with representatives of the European Commission and local authorities. In particular, they noted of the willingness of the European Commission to move forward and strengthen dialogue on this and EU policy matters with the Church. After their deliberations, the COMECE Bishops worked on a forthcoming position paper which will include concrete proposals and which places the dignity of the human person at the centre of the political measures to fight against poverty. The bishops have also visited five Catholic organisations in Brussels, working with the poor. They spent an evening with volunteers and they listened and exchanged with the people cared for by these organisations. Analysing the negative perception expressed
by the citizens of many member states towards the EU, the COMECE Bishops recalled that it is essential for EU institutions to be truly at the service of the people of Europe, particularly of the most vulnerable. SPRING PLENARY MEETING ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE At the opening of the Spring Plenary, COMECE President Cardinal Marx reaffirmed the strong support of the Catholic Church for the European project: “There is no suitable alternative to cooperation in Europe, because working together is the best way to maintain peace in Europe, to meet the economic and social challenges of globalization, and to become again a point of reference for humanity, as Pope Francis hopes for Europe.” COMECE will organise a Dialogue on the future of the European Union on 27-29 October 2017 in Rome, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaties. The Dialogue, entitled Re-thinking Europe, will be organised jointly with the Holy See and take place in the Vatican The Dialogue of Rome aims to promote deeper reflection on the future of the European Union, in order to recover the thrust and the enthusia-
Published on Oct 8, 2017
Published on Oct 8, 2017
CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.