Church representatives today welcomed the inclusion of respect for human dignity and prospects for increased solidarity in the EU Constitutional Treaty during a meeting with the Prime Minister of Luxembourg and President-in-Office of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker held in Brussels.
To coincide with Europe Day on 9 May 2005, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) published a text entitled "The Future of the European Union and the Responsibility of Catholics".
The following declaration is offered by Bishop Josef Homeyer, President of the Commission of Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) on the occasion of the election of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI on 19 April 2005:
The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) is disappointed that the Commission proposal for the 7th Research Framework Programme of the 6 April does not contain any clear ethical limits for jointly funded EU research projects.
The following statement is offered by the COMECE Executive Committee on behalf of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) on the death of His Holiness Pope John Paul II on 2nd April 2005 in Rome:
The COMECE Bishops and the European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, shared an exchange on the role of the Church in consolidating the new European Union in a meeting, which took place during COMECE’s Spring Plenary in Brussels from 9-11 March 2005.
The role of the EU in their pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals will be the principal theme of the Spring Plenary meeting of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences in the European Community from 9-11 March 2005 in Brussels. During the Plenary meeting the Bishops will have an exchange with European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.