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  • 6 Feb, 2015

    Prayers for an end to Human Trafficking

    On Sunday 8 February 2015, Roman Catholics around the world will celebrate the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. This date falls on the Feast of Saint Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave who later became a nun and was canonised in 2000.

  • 1 Feb, 2015

    Dialogue, peace building at heart of World Interfaith Harmony Week

    Just four years ago the United Nations unanimously adopted a proposal declaring the first week of February as World Interfaith Harmony Week. Since this first observation in 2011, the week has grown into a worldwide celebration of dialogue and peace building. Hundreds of local events bring together people from different religious traditions in a shared love of the good and love of neighbour.

  • 21 Jan, 2015

    CEC mourns Death of CPCE President Bishop Emeritus Prof. Dr. Friedrich Weber

    The Conference of European Churches joins the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE) in grieving the death of their President, Bishop Emeritus Prof. Dr. Friedrich Weber. His death following a period of illness came just days after the most recent CPCE Council meeting in Budapest, where members were still prayerfully hopeful for his recovery.

  • 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.