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Europe’s bishops call for unity after crucial elections

BRUSSELS (CNS): “People have shown responsibility by voting. This is a very positive sign,” Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg, president of the Brussels-based Commission of European Union (EU) Bishops’ Conference, or COMECE said, following the results of the European Parliament elections on May 27.
 

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European justice and peace commissions urge protection of rights

OXFORD (CNS): The Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions said a “new and comprehensive European regional development policy” was needed to better serve the common good in an early March appeal as the European Union (EU) prepared for European Parliament elections, scheduled from May 23 to 26.
 

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Don’t forcibly return Turkic Muslims European Union urged

BRUSSELS (UCAN): The new York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a December 3 letter to the foreign and interior ministers of European Union (EU) member countries, that Turkic Muslims from China should not be forcibly returned without a full and fair individualised examination of their risk of being ill-treated.
 
The rights organisation also urged governments to expedite asylum claims and investigate and address the Chinese government’s intimidation of Turkic Muslim diaspora communities.
 

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Policies need to protect workers say European bishops

ROME (CNS): Work is sustainable only “if it does not harm or destroy the livelihood of others, and if it uses generously and equitably the gifts of creation,” said the social affairs commission of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE).
 
In its report, Shaping the future of work, published on November 5, it called on politicians must act to assist workers as technology continues to transform jobs across Europe
 

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New head of European bishops’ commission sets out priorities

BRUSSELS (CNS): The new head the Brussels-based Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community bishops, Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg, pledged to combat populism and promote European unity.
 
“The European Union (EU) is a gain for the common good and this is why the Church should be in constant dialogue with it,” said Bishop Hollerich, who was elected president of the commission on March 8.
 

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Rethinking Europe

HONG KONG (SE): To mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, the Commission of Episcopal Conferences in the European Union held a gathering in the Eternal City from October 27 to 29, the final day of which included an audience with Pope Francis.
 
Meeting under the theme of Rethinking Europe, the bishops chose the anniversary for their gathering because they believe that the treaty that was signed in 1957 marked the beginning of the integration process which finally lead to the formation of the European Union.

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European Union recognises Church courts

BUDAPEST (SE): The European Union has upheld the right of ecclesiastical courts to maintain their independence in making decisions regarding ecclesiastical law.
 
In the case of Nagy versus Hungary on September 24, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights ruled against a pastor from the Reformed Church of Hungary who had been dismissed from his stipendiary over comments he had made to local media.
 

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Look for rebirth in original ideals pope counsels European Union

ROME (SE): “It is a way of life, a way of understanding man based on his transcendence and inalienable dignity, as something more than simply a sum of rights to defend or claims to advance,” Pope Francis said in addressing representatives of all 27 members of the European Union on the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome which led to the establishment of the Union on 1 November 1993.
 

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Fears Brexit reflects much wider malady

OXFORD (SE): While Church leaders in the United Kingdom (UK) expressed concern over the possible fallout from the 52 to 48 per cent vote to quit the European Union, bishops on the continent pointed out that the decision runs directly in the face of the call of the modern world for unity.

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It is genocide in Syria European Union says

STRASBOURG (SE): The Council of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Europe has given its support to a resolution of the European Parliament to label the persecution of religious minorities by the Islamic State as genocide.

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