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Europe

 

Shelter for immigrants from the Diciotti

The 137 immigrants who disembarked in Messina late Saturday night from the Italian Coast Guard’s ship Diciotti spent their second night in the primary welcome ...

Violence in the heart of Europe

Brussels, 22. The heart of Europe is under terrorist attack. Brussels, a symbol of the European Union, was struck by several terrorist attacks this morning. ...

Balkan-route emergency

More than 9,000 migrants and refugees are stuck between the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece. The situation on the so-called Balkan route – ...

From tent to parish

Initiatives following Pope Francis' appeal at the Angelus on Sunday, 6 September, to welcome refugees into parishes, religious communities, monasteries and shrines, are increasing in ...

Saved but not safe

More than 2,000 refugees and migrants were saved in Mediterranean over the last three days. On Tuesday yet another tragedy occurred with 26 dead and ...

On the border

The number of measures rejecting immigrants and illegal migrants in Europe is increasing. The government in Great Britain is also cracking down on the issue, ...

Duty for all believers

In view of an upcoming conference on 8-9 September in Bosnia and Herzegovina at the initiative of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of ...

It's time to respond

Nine hundred people are feared dead after a terrible shipwreck during the night between Saturday and Sunday along the Libyan coast. This immigration tragedy is ...

A tragedy that touches everyone

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has stated that, in the face of yet another tragedy “Europe must act”. Recent events in the Strait of Sicily, ...

Between dignity and transcendence

The call to place men and women at the heart of Europe's political project – men and women, that is to say, not as “citizens” ...

Memory, courage, utopian vision

To “progress towards the future” we need “memory, courage, a sound and humane utopian vision”: the Pontiff recalled this to the members of the Council ...

Behind the Pontiff's addresses in Strasbourg

The trip was short — extremely short — only about four hours on French soil. It was the shortest international visit by a Pontiff in ...

The wrong path

“Every human life is of intrinsic value and ought to be affirmed and cherished. This is central to our laws and our social relationships ”. ...

The most important date

The following is the text of the British Prime Minister's videomessage which he broadcast for Easter on the government's website.Easter is the most important date ...

It is Christian to welcome the stranger

“Switzerland needs to continue being a place that welcomes the stranger”. Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, the Secretary General of the World Council of Churches ...

Three protesters dead in Kiev

The crisis in Ukraine is getting worse. At least three protesters have been killed in the violent clashes with the police which began in Kiev ...

Europe must find its soul again

Europe cannot start with the roof when it begins rebuilding, it must start with its foundation. Furthermore many new institutions are not needed to educate ...

The New Man  and L'Osservatore

On December 1st the Hungarian weekly Ú j Ember will begin publishing a four page insert comprised of articles from L'Osservatore Romano . The insert ...

The Pope's solidarity flood victims in Sardinia

Just over 24 hours have passed since the storm swept over Sardinia and initial estimates are coming in. Thus far 16 people are confirmed dead ...

Flood forces Sardinia to its knees

"Great sorrow for the many who have fallen victim or are still missing. We are very worried because the emergency doesn't seem to be over ...

Imitators of Christ  who 'precedes us' in love

Pope Francis joined spiritually with the many faithful who participated in the beatification of 522 Spanish martyrs, held on Sunday, 13 October in Tarragona, Spain. ...

The continuing presence

Pope Francis continues to follow attentively the changing situation in Lampedusa. His thoughts are constantly directed at the conditions of refugees, as well as their ...

The strength to overcome indifference

“In the humble sign of Bread and Wine, the Lord Jesus gives himself to us forever and thereby grants the strength to overcome indifference: let ...

The place catechism deserves

“It would be an illusion to believe that the society in which we live is a neutral society. It transmits values, life concepts, moral choices ...

Books fight terrorism

London, 4. Books as weapons for fighting terrorism. This was the message of Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old civil rights activist known for her work in ...

Immigration alert on Italian and Spanish coasts

The immigration emergency in Europe is worsening every day, and not only on the Italian coast, the daily landing place for hundreds of people fleeing ...

Unrestrained anti-semitism at a rock festival

Summer of 2013: a time of gathering, celebration and relaxing. In Belgium too 35,000 people gathered for a concert on 4 to 7 July in ...

A painful time in Pozzuoli

Today is a national day of mourning in Italy on the occasion of the funeral for the victims of the bus accident which occurred Sunday ...

A strong sense of Church and a living faith for the care of vocations

“The care of vocations springs from a strong sense of Church and from a living faith”: this is what Bishop Mariano Crociata, Secretary-General of the ...

Anglicans against the cuts of grants for families

Concern at the growing risk of ever increasing poverty among families with children was expressed by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. The Prelate — to ...

Europe Beloved and alerted

“Unfortunately, from a demographic point of view, one must note that Europe seems to be following a path that could lead to its departure from ...

Cyril and Methodius bridges of Faith for Europe

Cyril and Methodius were “authentic precursors of ecumenism, for they laboured in service of unity and of the multiform fullness of the Church, as they ...

For a future of peace and freedom

If the Élysée Treaty put an end to the age-old conflict between France and Germany and established the terms of an agreement on collaboration in ...

A respected and qualified educational system

An education model which may continue to be respected but also able to offer better standards. This was at the heart of the wish expressed ...

In or out

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has promised to hold a referendum on Great Britain staying in the European Union, providing the Conservatives win the ...

Prayers for Northern Ireland

A call to prayer for all Christians: this is the request from the Anglican Bishop of Down and Dromore, Harold Miller, in regard to the ...

Taizé in Rome

The 35th European Youth Meeting sponsored by the Taizé Community begins on Friday, 28 December, in Rome. More than 40,000 youth are expected for the ...

That voice in the silence

Today's world needs to savour once again the atmosphere of that “moment crucial to humanity’s destiny”, in which “God was made man”. It is a ...

The strength of the relationship between the United Kingdom and the Holy See

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester took part today, 1 December, Feast of the English Martyrs, in the commemoration of the 650th anniversary of the ...

An organization to empower believers to speak to the world

A “bridge” between religions and culture at a global level: this is essentially what the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural ...

National debate before any decision

“Whether or not we want it, we as the French have a special responsibility that goes beyond ourselves. The Government has posited as a general ...

The Tiber reaches its highest level in fifty years

The level of the Tiber in Rome has never been this high in the past 50 years. According to data provided by Mayor Gianni Alemanno, ...

Olympic effects on the British GDP

The positive effects of the Olympics are pulling Great Britain out of the recession. In the wake of the business that the Games brought about ...

Europe urgently needs a new evangelization

Against the background of social and spiritual challenges, the Church in Europe is called “to reflect on the perennial task of evangelization and on its ...

In defense of freedom of all

Freedom, including that of expression, is defended with the respect for the dignity of others. This is was said with determination by Catholics and Muslims ...

German court says yes to Europe

Germany's high court in Karlsruhe ruled the ESM, European Stability Mechanism, and fiscal compact as constitutionally legitimate, but imposed certain conditions for ratification. More specifically, ...

Religions must give a message of peace

During the war in Bosnia he suffered three attacks. He never left the besieged capital, strolling among his people. Yet Cardinal Vinko Puljić, Archbishop of ...

Draghi shows his hand

In July Mario Draghi had promised that the ECB would “do whatever it takes” to save the eurozone from speculative attacks, with the guarantee the ...

Beijing the final frontier

Beijing, 30. Angela Merkel seeks Chinese support to cope with the European debt crisis. Today, for the second time in the last seven months, the ...

With one heart on the island of St Patrick

Decisively opposing the trend of secularization, looking with renewed trust to the future and strengthening the sense of belonging and ecclesial coresponsibility. On the island ...

Swiss bishops against the logic of financial markets

The minds of millions of Europeans are teeming with thoughts and worries about the difficult financial situation: under fire above all is speculation, which makes ...

Job emergency number one

A new report has come out for clarifying and overcoming the employment problem in Europe. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva today published a ...

Greece chooses Europe

The victory of the Conservatives in Greece does not seem to have convinced the markets. After a positive beginning in the wake of the Asian ...

Reconciliation heals

Thursday, 14 June, at the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin is devoted to the theme: “Reconciliation in our communion”. The pouring rain today suited the theme ...

To start out afresh Europe must recover its Christian and human values

From the address given by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States, to the Ambassadors of the member countries of the European Union that ...

Spiritual renewal and reconciliation of the Church in Ireland

“The 50th International Congress in Dublin will be a moment once again of renewal and reconciliation. It will be an event which recalls all Catholics ...

Greek polls reward the anti-austerity parties

This morning Greece woke up in a climate of great uncertainty, given that yesterday's vote has led to a severely fragmented Parliament, thus promising to ...

After 17 years a Socialist returns to the Élisée

Paris, 7 May. What had been predicted came true in France where the Socialist François Hollande has been elected President. He defeated Nicolas Sarkozy, the ...

The soundest economies flounder

“I have no magic wand to wave”. George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, summed up the sentiments which all European leaders are now feeling. In ...

The warped gaze on the Christian martyrs of Communism

Although “there were more martyrs for the faith under Communism than at any other time in Church history, there appears to be no haste or ...

An ecumenical word on the future of man

What happens to man's self-understanding and to religious piety when human life is seen as the subject of a technological project rather than a result ...

11,541 empty seats

There will be 11,541 empty seats, spanning a kilometre along Maresciallo Tito Avenue , Sarajevo's main street, for a concert organized to mark the 6 ...

Those who do not tolerate the crucifix

Surprise and concern were expressed in a note by the Russian Orthodox Church concerning a case of discrimination which involves one of the community's faithful ...

Intolerance of Christians increasing in Europe

“The bishops in Europe are particularly conscious of these manifestations of religious discrimination and intolerance which actually confirm how some values and fundamental rights proper ...

Opportunity seen as problems

The topic of the juridical status of religious confessions in the law of the European Union has acquired importance, especially in recent times. As is ...

The bell rallies the Church in Ireland

Not as an isolated event but as a moment of grace, especially for a Catholicism seeking to renew itself after a difficult and, in many ...

No to working on Sundays from thirteen European countries

Everyone in the square says “no” to working on Sunday. On Sunday, 4 March, thirteen European countries joined with the European Sunday Alliance, made up ...

German vote on Greece

The German Parliament is voting on the aid package for Greece today: a crucial step towards overcoming the European debt crisis. Numerous parliamentarians could say ...

Athens, rescue with conditions

After 13 hours of negotiation, Brussels gave the green light to the second round of aid to Greece. While they claimed to be aware of ...

In Europe the new frontiers of evangelization

It is no longer only Africa and other distant lands to be evangelized that are on the horizon. Today Comboni's traditional ideal missionary, summed up ...

Common goals

Seventeen months ago, I had the immense honour of meeting His Holiness Pope Benedict during his momentous visit to the United Kingdom. His visit cemented ...

Beyond the walls for a new solidarity

We need a greater awareness of solidarity and we need to learn to live it more deeply: this was the prompt given by Br Alois, ...

Young people symbol of a united Europe

“For the first time, one of our European meetings is being held in Berlin. Berlin is a city characterized by great diversity; a city turned ...

Efforts converge to strengthen a dialogue of culture and peace

Introduction. The Delegation of the Holy See wishes to thank His Excellency Mr. Audronius Ažubalis, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, as well as the ...

Fleeing European bonds

Tighter limits on foreign sovereign debt, especially European ones. Washington takes measures on the crisis and imposes strict regulations: the authority which governs American futures ...

Merkel's version

“It is like during a marathon: the most difficult moment is the 35th kilometer and the one who starts fastest isn’t necessarily the most successful. ...

Cameron attacks Europe

Economic growth of the old continent is stifled by European Community rules that are, “pointless,” said British Prime Minister David Cameron in a speech yesterday ...

Greece committed to remaining in the euro

Greece will do everything necessary to remain in the euro and default will be avoided if necessary measures are adopted immediately, Greek Finance Minister, Evangelos ...

A new citizens' pact for young Europeans

The financial and economic crisis which has shaken Europe to its core, cannot be resolved only by accounting and fiscal measures to balance the budget. ...

The EU puts the reins on rating

The war on rating agencies has already begun. The three American sisters - Fitch, Moody's and Standard & Poor's - are on the ropes: from ...

A new model of leadership

There have been serious errors, which continue to persist, in interpreting and underestimating the current economic crisis. The true origins of the collapse of birthrates ...

Religion and freedom

Many people in Germany are looking forward to the Pope's Visit, despite the discord that is natural in a secularized society, and legitimate if expressed ...

Norway rejects hate

The terrorist attacks in Norway this summer were just as unexpected as they were shocking. The Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has described them as ...

Minority religious organizations as juridical persons of public law in Georgia

On 5 July, Georgia’s Parliament passed a law, proposed by the majority party and already in force after being signed by President Mikheil Saakashvili and ...

How Sweden sees the Pope

The Catholic Church is a tiny minority of less than two percent of the population in the Nordic countries. After the Lutheran reformation in the ...

Scepticism rules the European stock exchange

Given the expected macroeconomic data from the United States and Trichet's speech at the conclusion of the BCE summit, scepticism rules the situation of the ...

Safeguarding minors in England and Wales

Trust is growing in the organisms created by the Church in England and Wales to prevent and eventually prosecute cases of sexual abuse committed by ...

Moody’s axe on Greece’s ruins

For Greece, mala tempora currunt . Moody’s agency has announced a ratings cut of three notches – from Caa1 to Ca – on local and ...

The cost of the euro’s survival

“Let us not be under any illusions, the situation is very serious: the future of the euro is at stake.” The realism of the President ...

How monasticism built Europe

Normally the great churches are universal expressions of the life of the people of God, accessible to all. But Christianity also valued a form of ...

The Europe that is hungry

The European Union spending cuts have heavily hit its weakest citizens. Funds for food aid which distribute free food to the poor have been cut ...

The Christian foundations of the common European home

On Thursday, 3 February, H.E. Mr Alfons M. Kloss, Ambassador of Austria to the Holy See, presented his Credentials to the Holy Father. The following ...

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