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European bishops' group supports European Union policies

Catholic World News - March 23, 2012

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich has been elected the new president of the Commission of Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE).

COMECE is an umbrella organization serving the episcopal conferences of nations within the European Union (EU), and has generally been strongly supportive of the EU leadership. Cardinal Marx followed that pattern, saying after his election that although Europe now faces a severe economic crisis, “I strongly believe that the European Union has the powers and the potential to overcome this situation.”

At its plenary meeting March 21-23, at which Cardinal Marx was elected, the representatives of COMECE also discussed the aging of the European population. The meeting concluded with a statement that suggested the problem can be remedied only with appropriate government policies: “Because the evidence suggests that people in Europe aspire to have more children than they in fact have, there is a need for policies which can turn these unfulfilled desires into reality.”

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