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Bishops call for leaders of hope

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 gennaio 2014

gaza-mapAs bishops from Europe, South Africa and North America we came to the Holy Land to pray with and support the Christian community and the cause of peace. In Gaza we witnessed the deep poverty of the people, and the courageous presence of the small and vulnerable Christian communities there.Gaza is a man-made disaster, a shocking scandal, an injustice that cries out to the human community for a resolution. We call upon political leaders to improve the humanitarian situation of the people in Gaza, assuring access to the basic necessities for a dignified human life, the possibilities for economic development, and freedom of movement.In the seemingly hopeless situation of Gaza, we met people of hope. We were encouraged by our visit to tiny Christian communities, which day after day, through many institutions, reach out with compassion to the poorest of the poor, both Muslim and Christian. We continue to pray for and support the priests, religious and laypeople working in Gaza. They exercise a ministry of presence, care for disabled children and the elderly, and teach the young.Their testimony of faith, hope and love gave us hope. This is precisely the hope needed at this moment to bring peace, a peace that can only be built on justice and equity for both peoples. Palestinians and Israelis desperately need this peace. For example, in the Cremisan valley the route of the security barrier threatens the agricultural land held for generations by 58 Christian families. The current peace talks come at a critical time. Now is the time to ensure that the aspirations for justice of both sides are fulfilled.We urge public officials to become leaders of hope, not people of obstruction. We call upon them to listen to the words of Pope Francis, who recently said to the Diplomatic Corps: “The resumption of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians is a positive sign, and I express my hope that both parties will resolve, with the support of the international community, to take courageous decisions aimed at finding a just and lasting solution to a conflict which urgently needs to end” (13 January, 2014).As we leave the Holy Land, the bishops and people of the local Church remain in our hearts. They are not alone. Together with them we are people of hope. We pray that the visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land will reinforce hope in the region. We believe a lasting peace is possible.

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Council of European Bishops‘ Conferences

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 maggio 2012

The XII European Congress for Catechesis has concluded in Rome. The meeting, promoted by the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE), was attended by about 60 delegates, including bishops, experts and national directors of offices and national bodies responsible for catechesis in Europe’s Bishops’ Conferences. Preparation for the meeting was co-ordinated by CCEE’s “Catechesis, Schools and Universities” Commission, chaired by Mgr Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. The Congress and the theme (Christian initiation in the context of the new evangelisation with particular focus on children and young people aged from 7 to 16) falls within the Church’s reflection on the new evangelisation in the year in which the Church commemorates the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, and in the context of the Year of Faith. The Congress was a European meeting of leaders (from Russia to Ireland) involved in the co-ordination of catechesis in their respective countries and who, over these four days, compared on-going experiences, exchanged information and discussed projects and common problems.
Christian initiation is closely connected to the new evangelisation of young people, parents and the whole community. Catechesis should not therefore be seen on the fringes of the new evangelisation, but is an integral part of it. Therefore it is necessary to link the new evangelisation to the tradition of the faith (traditio fidei), understood as transmission of the content and experience, personal and communal, of the faith.
Catechists are real people! They are aware of the difficulties of the current situation, marked by many elements of a break with the past and secularisation, but at the same time they are enthusiastic people, passionate communicators of the Gospel. A clear element emerging both from the survey and reflections at the meeting, is that Christian initiation is certainly a personal experience, but cannot be fully experienced if it is outside the community. It is the community which catechises!
Catechesis is not solely addressed to children but is an experience which involves everyone. Catechists and ‘catechising’ are, at the same time, protagonists and objects of catechesis. Therefore, it is not possible to think of a catechesis without caring for the catechists, families and the community in general. The participants recalled that faith can only be communicated if the person him / herself is living the faith.
Catechesis is not just the transmission of concepts, but also the experience of the encounter with Christian art, the fruit of a lived faith capable of transmitting the beauty of God. So, over the course of the meeting, the participants visited the Church of San Clemente and the Basilica of Saint Mary Major.
Finally, catechesis is not just indoctrination but it is above all experience of God. It must be recognised that the child, too, is open to the transcendent and must be helped to develop this friendship with Christ.
On Wednesday 9 May 2012, the participants participated at the Mass for Europe in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major (Rome). Exactly on Europe Day, CCEE wanted to entrust the fears and hopes of the citizens of the European continent to the intercession of the Patron Saints of Europe: saints who lived in times of crisis with courage and following the tradition with faithfulness and creativity.
The Council of the Episcopal Conferences of Europe (CCEE) includes the current 33 European Episcopal Conferences, represented by their Presidents, and the Archbishops of Luxembourg, of the Principality of Monaco, the Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus and the Bishop of Chişinău (Moldova Rep.) and the Eparchial Bishop of Mukachevo. The President is Cardinal Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Primate of Hungary; the Vice-Presidents are Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa, and Mgr Józef Michalik, Archbishop of Przemyśl, Poland. The General Secretary is Mgr Duarte da Cunha. The Secretariat is based at St Gallen (Switzerland). http://www.ccee.ch

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The return of religion in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 10 marzo 2012

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Religion as an advocate of social cohesion is the object of renewed interest on the part of the Council of Europe. Besides the principles of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, the issue of religious freedom challenges the experts in Strasbourg more and more. Christ bursts onto the European scene through his faithful who clearly demonstrate not accepting the dimension of their faith being relegated to the private sphere.
The Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences of South-east Europe this year accepted the invitation of the Holy See’s Permanent Observer at the Council of Europe, Mgr Aldo Giordano, to meet in Strasbourg to deepen their knowledge of the European institutions, to discuss and share together with some officials from Strasbourg’s institutions the mutual concern for the true spiritual, political and social good of the peoples of the continent.Participating in the meeting were the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences ….
In the various meetings with officials from the European institutions, inter alia the following issues were tackled.
The Church and the Council of Europe share together the same concerns about the current increase in the cases of violation of freedom of religion in European nations which often result ….
The bishops present examined carefully the Council of Europe’s renewed interest in the religious dimension of its citizens. The role of religion appears …
The fact that religion is assuming ever greater public importance in the lives and consciences of European citizens is extensively demonstrated by ….
Reconciliation, in charity and justice, remains a concern and priority which the Churches of South-east Europe must pursue and promote. It is aimed

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40 years at the service of the communion of the bishops in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 novembre 2011

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Rome on Friday 25 November at 13 30 at Palazzo San Pio X – Via della Conciliazione 5A News Conference will take place – Rome. CCEE is celebrating its forty years of service of communion between the bishops in Europe with a seminar on Europe and the New Evangelisation, to be held in Rome on 22 November from 0900 to 1230 (Sala San Pio X – Palazzo San Pio X – Via della Conciliazione 5). The meeting, jointly organised by the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, will begin with a welcome address from the Cardinal Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone, and an introduction from the CCEE President, Cardinal Péter Erdő. The focus of the work will be reports from Prof. Philippe Capelle-Dumont, lecturer at the Philosophy Faculty in the Institut Catholique in Paris, on The cultural context of Europe today and the Gospel, and from Honorable Luca Volonté, a parliamentarian at the Council of Europe, on The Contribution of Catholics to European social and political life. The meeting will be drawn to an end by the President of the Vatican dicastery co-ordinating the meeting, Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella. The Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences members of CCEE have been invited to the meeting, along with representatives of Vatican dicasteries, Ambassadors to the Holy See from European nations, and experts from the worlds of culture and communication.
In the afternoon, the CCEE Presidency, comprising a President, Cardinal Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest (Hungary), and two Vice-Presidents, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa (Italy), and the Archbishop of Przemysl (Poland), Mgr Józef Michalik, will begin their traditional visit to the Vatican dicasteries.On Wednesday 23 November, at the end of the General Audience, the CCEE Presidency and an Orthodox delegation, comprising, inter alia, Metropolitan Gennadios of Sassima (Ecumenical Patriarchate), Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk (Patriarchate of Moscow) and some representatives of other Orthodox Churches in Europe, will give to Pope Benedict XVI a special edition of the Acta of the 2nd European Catholic-Orthodox Forum which took places in Rhodes (18-22 October 2011) on the theme Church-State Relations.
The Roman visit will end on Friday 25 November with a private audience of the CCEE Presidency with the Holy Father and subsequently with the Cardinal Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone.
To the Council of the Bishops´ Conferences of Europe (CCEE) belong, as members, the current 33 European Bishops’ Conferences of this Continent, represented by right by their Presidents, and the Archbishops of Luxembourg, of the Principality of Monaco, the Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus and the Bishop of Chişinău (Moldova Rep.) and the Eparchial Bishop of Mukachevo. The President is Cardinal Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Primate of Hungary; the Vice-Presidents are Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa, and Mgr Józef Michalik, Archbishop of Przemyśl. The General Secretary is Mgr. Duarte da Cunha. The Secretariat is based at St Gallen (Switzerland).

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New Evangelisation of Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 settembre 2011

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Tirana (Albania) Thursday 29 September to Sunday 2 October the next Plenary Assembly of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) from at the invitation of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Tirana and President of the Albanian Bishops’ Conference, Mgr Rrok Mirdita. Following the historic visit of Blessed John Paul II in 1993, the CCEE meeting will be, according to the local Church, the most important church event in recent years for Albania, due to the number of Cardinals and Bishops who will be participating. Confirmation of the importance the meeting holds for the country is shown by the desire of the President of the Republic of Albania, MrBamir Myrteza Topi, to meet the European prelates on Friday 30 September and the announced presence of the Prime Minister, Mr Sali Ram Berisha, at the opening of the meeting on 29 September.
In the year of CCEE’s 40th anniversary (1971-2011), which will be marked by a gathering in Rome on 22 November, the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe members of CCEE will elect the new CCEE Presidency for the quinquennial period 2011-2016 (from Plenary to Plenary). All the current Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences are eligible for the posts of President and the two Vice-presidents.
The second part of the meeting will focus instead on CCEE’s service to the Church in Europe with presentations about the activities of the various CCEE Commissions: from CEEM (the European Episcopal Commission for Media); from the Caritas in veritate Commission (migration, safeguarding creation, justice and peace); the “Catechesis, school and university” Commission and from the European Vocations Service (EVS). There will also be presentations about the outcomes of the 11th meeting of the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences of South-east Europe and the 13th meeting of the Bishops of the Eastern Rite Catholic Churches. In the course of the meeting CCEE’s agenda and activities for 2012 will be proposed and discussed, highlighting: the next Symposium of African and European bishops (Rome, 13-17 February 2012) and the Catechetical Congress (Rome, 7-10 May 2012). As regards CCEE’s work in the sphere of ecumenical dialogue, as well as dialogue with the Conference of European Churches (CEC), there will be a presentation of the book containing the Acta of the 2nd European Catholic-Orthodox Forum (Rhodes, Greece, 18-22 October 2010) on the theme Church-State relations: historical and theological perspectives, and a decision will also be taken about the Catholic delegation which will participate in the3rd European Catholic-Orthodox Forum scheduled for Lisbon, Portugal, 4-8 June 2012. The meeting will also appoint members of the Organising Committee for the 2nd European Social Days organised along with ComECE and scheduled for 2013.
During the meeting, the Presidents will also receive some brief reports on recent visits undertaken by Pope Benedict XVI, in particular:Cardinal Josip Bozanić, Archbishop of Zagreb and CCEE Vice-president, will speak about Benedict XVI’s visit to Croatia (4-5 June);Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela will speak about World Youth Day (Madrid, 16-21 August) and the Bishop of Aachen, Mgr Heinrich Mussinghoff, about the Pope’s visit to Germany scheduled for 22-25 September. It will be an opportunity to assess the effects at a local level and reflect on the teaching imparted by the Pope during these meetings. Subsequently, along with His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Rite Patriarch of Jerusalem, the bishops will reflect on how to help Christians in the Holy Land.
The days will be marked with moments of prayer and the celebration of Mass. In particular, the European prelates will celebrate daily Mass in the Cathedral along with the local community: Thursday 29 September at 1830; Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October at 0730; and Sunday 2 October at 1100.

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13th Meeting of the Bishops of Eastern Rite

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 31 ottobre 2010

Sofia, Bulgaria, 4-7 November 2010 In Sofia, the representatives of 13 Eastern Rite Catholic Churches will discuss the theme “The ecclesiological criteria of the Eastern Churches today”. The theme will be analysed in the light of the Second Vatican Council and the dialogue between the Catholic Church and Orthodoxy. In the course of the meeting the issue of pastoral structures for Catholic migrants from the Eastern Churches in the light of the document Erga migrantes caritas Christi will also be tackled.
The celebrations for the 150th anniversary of union with the Catholic Church will be opened with a Symposium on the history of the Catholic Church in Bulgaria jointly organised by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Embassy of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and the Apostolic Exarchate. It will be followed by a reception attended by numerous representatives of the country’s civil and religious institutions. The celebrations will be also marked by three Masses with the local community: at the Church of the Ascension of Jesus, Plovdiv, on 5 November at 1700; in Sofia, at the Church of Blessed Pope John XXIII, Saturday 6 November at 1800; and in Sofia’s Assumption Cathedral on Sunday 7 November at 1000. On Saturday 6 November at 1700 in the Church of Blessed John XXIII, in a meeting open to the public, Mgr Proykov will give a presentation on the history and current situation of the Byzantine Rite Catholic Church in Bulgaria.
In the course of the meeting, a report will be read on The criteria of ecclesiology of the Eastern Churches and the reality today in the light of the documents of the Second Vatican Council and papal documents, prepared by Mgr Eleuterio Fortino, who died in Rome on September 22 and who would have been taking part in this meeting. The first meeting took place in 1997 in the diocese of Hajdúdorog (Hungary) and was promoted by Cardinal  Achille Silvestrini, then Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, who wanted to create an opportunity where the bishops of those churches, who had been particularly affected by the atheist regime, “may find with ever greater clarity their role in the Europe of today and be loved and esteemed for the history of their faithfulness to the Church and to the Peope, paid at a dear price” (From the introduction to the Acta of the first meeting).
Within the Catholic Church, there are particular Churches, called sui iuris Churches or Rites, in full communion with the Church of Rome but distinguished from the Latin Catholic Church by their different forms of liturgical worship and popular devotion, sacramental (administration of the sacraments) and canonical (juridical norms) disciplines, terminology and theological traditions. Currently there are 24 sui iuris Churches throughout the world in full communion with Rome, with different liturgical rites; 15 of them are of the Byzantine liturgical Rite (14 present in Europe and so the meeting is aimed at them).

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One faith. One Lord. One baptism

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 luglio 2009

Unity and diversity should be a leitmotif for ecumenism in Europe. This is the message from Bishop Dr Wolfgang Huber, speaking today at the 13th Assembly of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), meeting in Lyon, France.  He was leading a Bible study on the letter to the Ephesians, chapter 4 verse 4, which is also the theme of the Assembly: ‘Called to One Hope in Christ’. He said: “Ephesians is a hymn of praise and unity…We have to give shape to diversity and speak with one voice. As Ephesians suggest, the Christian community must stick together in the unity of one faith, one Lord, one baptism.” Bishop Huber added that ecumenical co-operation is best expressed when common challenges are faced together, such as the current financial crisis, catastrophic climate change, or where parts of the world are suffering from conflict or disorder.  Bishop Huber is Chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD).  Reflecting on his own experience as a young person growing up in a divided Germany he said: “We hardly dared to hope then for the unity of our continent in our lifetime.” The Bible study began the Assembly’s second full day of business, which was focused on vision. Bishop Huber said that the Churches should have a wider horizon when thinking about the future.

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