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LITTERAE COMMUNIONIS •2016-2017

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sm that Pope Francis indicated to the members of the European Parliament and on the occasion of the conferral of the Charlemagne Prize. Therefore, during their Plenary Assembly in Brussels, the COMECE bishops dealt with the issues that they intend to address during the Congress in Rome next October: the crises and their causes, the social dimension of Europe, the different concepts and visions of Europe and the European Union. COMECE MET WITH POPE FRANCIS Pope Francis met COMECE Standing Committee in Santa Martha at the Vatican last May, 16. During a two-days visit to Rome and the Vatican City, COMECE Standing Committee met several European and Vatican authorities in order to discuss the main challenges of the European Union and the ways the Church can support the European project in a moment in which Europe itself seems to be at a crossroads.   The common main subject of the meetings was “Rethinking Europe”, the major high-level Forum of Dialogue that COMECE is organizing in collaboration with the Holy See and that will be held in Rome between 27-29 October 2017, marking the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Treaty of Rome. The idea of organizing Rethinking Europe in the shape of an open forum of dialogue was in COMECE’s agenda since two years, and it is with great enthusiasm that the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community welcomes the Holy See’s collaboration and the direct participation of Pope Francis. The main message of the Church is to put the human person back at the heart of the European public policy and the Dialogue of Rome will be a milestone of this process.

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SOCIAL AFFAIRS COMMISSION STATEMENT ON THE FUTURE OF WORK Under the chairmanship of Mgr. Ambrosio, the COMECE Social Affairs Commission met on June, 2 in Brussels. Together with EU representatives, the committee of experts exchanged views on the EU reflection paper on the deepening of the Eurozone, the European Solidarity Corps and the European Pillar of Social Rights. In close collaboration with the Secretariat, the COMECE Social Affairs Commission drafts contributions and statements on EU initiatives in the field of social, employment and economic affairs. Delegated experts from the bishops’ conferences meet biannually. The next gathering will be held on 28-29 November 2017 in Brussels and discuss the COMECE contribution to the ILO centenary initiative on the future of work.

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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