COMECE, Moldova, Spain

COMECE: “Europeinfos”, EU politics and migrations The December issue of “Europeinfos”, monthly magazine of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) in online. Ample coverage is given to Pope Francis’ recent visit to Euroepan institutions, with contributions by Father Patrick Daly (COMECE Secretary General) and Ignace Berten (International Community of Saint Dominique in Brussels). Two articles are devoted to drawing a balance of 10 years of Barroso presidency at the European Commission and five years of presidency of Herman van Rompuy at the European Caouncil. Van Rompuy, “who has never made a secret of his deep-rooted Christian faith” is described as a “a master of compromise” in his ability to ensure that all Countries have “emerged from the negotiations as winners”, thereby overcoming the winners-vanquished dualism. Conversely, the opinion on Barroso is suspended, gridlocked in a “ten years of crisis”, subjected to a European Council that has “occupied the centre of the scene”, primarily “through Angela Merkel” and “lost the battle of public opinion”, in the mode of “consolidation rather than innovation”. He experienced an almost doubled EU (from 15 to 28 States), the emergence of India and China along with difficult relations with Obama. However, perhaps “the future judgment will be more generous than that of today”. Europeinfos also addresses the debate on “the right to be forgotten”, as well as immigration and asylum themes. Moldova: the bishop’s comment on the elections “The European way is the right one”. It is the belief of Msgr. Anton Cosa, bishop of Chisinau, commenting for SIR Europe the elections held in the Republic of Moldavia (or Moldova) past Sunday. The elections result was twofold: a majority of seats was won by the pro-European parties supporting the government in force, but the pro-Russians failed to gain a majority vote, especially with the birth of the new Socialist Party founded by former Communist leader Igor Dodon, who gained the highest consensus. “We’re still experiencing the heritage of the former Soviet Union”, said bishop Cosa. There are two aspects that have encouraged Moldavians to vote “to the East”. On the one side a part of the population living in Russia is still bound to Soviet ideals. On the other Moldavia suffers from “a strong and evident political influence of the Russia-element in his politics”. On the other hand, remarked Msgr. Cosa “Russia doesn’t intend to lose this geo-political filter which the Country represents, because it doesn’t want a NATO base here. This is why it does everything to prevent the country from turning to Europe, supporting politically – but also in various other ways – these pro-Russian parties”. “Above all Moldova needs tranquility”, the bishop added. “I hope these elections will give certainties to continue along the European course begun a few years ago”. “The country also needs serious politicians – the bishop pointed out – and not people who play politics one day standing with Europe and the other day with Russia. Our Moldovan political class has already chosen Europe and a large part of the population wants it. There are fundamental values that unite us to Europe. They represent hope in a true democracy, the fight against corruption and respect for human dignity.” The Republic of Moldova is the poorest country in Europe, GDP per capita at equal purchasing power is a tenth of the European average. “Nobody – said Msgr. Cosa – will come from Europe to feed our poor. But there is hope that in Europe, Moldova can recover as quickly as possible”. Spain: Manos Unidas, underdevelopment and justice For all those who at least once in their life have exclaimed “it’s not fair”, in front of underdevelopment and economic and social inequalities in the world, Manos Unidas_ the NGO of the Spanish Catholic Church has launched the initiative “Be fair”, calling upon society to be sensitive to these realities, symbolically changing their name and identity on social networks with “Right”, and actively engaging in creating a better world, whilst denouncing injustices. The campaign also calls for a concrete act of economic cooperation to support the construction of a better world with a text message to 28014 with the word “right” starting from 1.20 euro and with a form (available on the website: https://www.ssl-manosunidas.org/sejusto/sejusto.htm) through which it is possible to offer donations starting with ten euros, thereby supporting the funding of cooperation for development projects promoted by Manos Unidas worldwide. The campaign will develop around December 10, the Day of Human Rights. On that occasion the organization will post on its website (www.manosunidas.org) an article on human rights and their failed implementation in the world, which cause the failure of social justice. Information on the “Be Right” initiative is being disseminated on digital social media, as well as on the radio and the press.

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