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  • 18 Jan, 2015

    Christians around the world pray for unity

    From January 18 to 25 Christians around the world will pray for unity in special celebrations, prayer services, and pulpit exchanges. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, traditionally observed between the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul, is an annual worldwide observance dedicated to overcoming divisions and building a spirit of unity throughout the church.

  • 16 Jan, 2015

    Meeting between Latvian EU Presidency & Church Representatives

    Churches led wide-ranging discussions with the Latvian Presidency team on religious freedom and tolerance, climate change, migration, security strategy and conflict prevention and EU neighbourhood policy. Within a week of taking on the Presidency of the European Council, the Latvian Minister of Justice, Dzintars Rasnačs, received a delegation of representatives from the Christian churches of Europe to discuss the Latvian Presidency agenda.

  • 7 Jan, 2015

    CEC Condemns Paris Shootings

    The Conference of European Churches condemns today’s deadly attacks on the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The shootings have left a reported 12 people dead and another four seriously injured.

  • 19 Dec, 2014

    Press Release: Churches meet with Italian EU Presidency

    In the closing days of the Italian EU Presidency, Italy’s Foreign Minister Paolo Gentilioni met with a joint delegation of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) on 18 December in Rome. Delegates present at the meeting urged the presidency for concrete action on youth unemployment, migration, and freedom of religion and belief.

  • 19 Dec, 2014

    CEC Reacts to Lima talks: Climate change needs more decisive action

    CEC Reacts to Lima talks: Climate change needs more decisive action The 20th session of the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ended last week in Lima, Peru. The nearly two-week gathering saw over 12, 000 international visitors, including government and UN agency representatives, descend on Lima for intensive dialogue aimed at assessing and addressing widespread global climate change.

  • 8 Dec, 2014

    CSC Celebrates Merger with CEC, Governing Board meets

    The governing bodies of the Church and Society Commission met on 2 and 3 December in Leuven, Belgium to legally finalise its merger with the Conference of European Churches under Belgian law. The group also tended to other business matters including a review of its programmatic work by executive staff, its finances, and plans for continuing the mission and mandate of CSC in this time of transition.

  • 8 Dec, 2014

    Press Release: Statement on the Persecution of Religious Minorities in the Middle East

    In advance of observance of International Human Rights Day on 10 December, the Governing Board of the Conference of European Churches has adopted this statement on the persecution of religious minorities in the Middle East. What follows is a call for an end to the violence, increased humanitarian aid, and increased international support for persecuted and displaced persons.

  • 27 Nov, 2014

    Human trafficking: Churches call on the EU for action on a wider front

    An estimated 800,000 women, men, and children are victims of human trafficking within the EU today. The EU and its member states urgently need to implement the legal framework already in place and to intensify cooperation with civil society and church organisations that work with victims at the grassroots level. This was one of the main messages of the Dialogue Seminar organised by COMECE and the Church and Society Commission of CEC in cooperation with CCME in dialogue with the EU Commission on 27 November.

  • 25 Nov, 2014

    CEC Presence at Pope Francis’s visit

    A historic moment in Strasbourg! CEC had the honour to be invited by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Mr. Torbjorn Jagland, and was represented by Richard Fischer, Executive Secretary, to hear Pope Francis.