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Comece-Cec: joint message, “we believe in the European project”. Marx and Hill meet Juncker

(Brussels) “Nowadays, unprecedented challenges demand that we work harder for peace, justice and solidarity. We believe more than ever in the European project, and we believe that a joint process based on shared values is the best one. A united Europe brings peace in a world where peace is not to be taken for granted. Together, Europe can face the social and economic challenges of globalisation, including the social inequalities that remain within its boundaries”. This has been written by the president of the Conference of European Churches (Cec), the Anglican archbishop Christopher Hill, and by the president of the EU Bishops Conferences (Comece), card. Reinhard Marx, in a statement issued at the end of the meeting they had in Brussels this morning. The goal was to “strengthen the ecumenical commitment of the Churches to the European project, whatever new course that may take”. The commitment of the Churches, as to Cec, is embodied by the “wide process of consultation about the future of Europe” that is going on between the member Churches. Comece, on its part, has started working to prepare a congress due to be held in the Vatican in late October about “rethinking Europe”. Together, the two presidents reasserted their commitment to the contents of the Charta oecumenica, wishing for “a future of Europe that is faithful and that will continue the vision set forth 60 years ago”. Hill and Marx also met the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, as part of the dialogue between the EU and the Churches covered by the Treaties.

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