15 Feb, 2015
The Conference of European Churches again grieves the tragic and violent loss of life on European soil. We condemn the Copenhagen shootings that left a reported two civilians dead and five police officers injured, and ended in the death of the alleged shooter.
11 Feb, 2015
The Conference of European Churches, along with many political and religious institutions across Europe, expresses its relief at the announcement of a ceasefire in Ukraine. After 16 hours of negotiations in Belarus, the political leadership of Russia and Ukraine along with France and Germany brokered a ceasefire deal that will come into effect on 15 February.
5 Feb, 2015
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.
31 Jan, 2015
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.
20 Jan, 2015
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.
17 Jan, 2015
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.
15 Jan, 2015
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.
6 Jan, 2015
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.
18 Dec, 2014
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.