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Cardinal Bagnasco named president of European bishops’ conference

October 10, 2016

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, the president of the Italian bishops’ conference, has been elected to serve as president of the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Europe (CCEE) as well.

Cardinal Bagnasco, who had been vice-president of the CCEE, replaces Cardinal Peter Erdo of Budapest, who had completed two five-year terms as president of the organization.

Commenting on the role of the Church in an increasingly secularized Europe, Cardinal Bagnasco remarked that he hoped for the revival of “a Europe with spiritual and moral foundations that is able to inspire a high and beautiful cultural identity, in tune with its tradition and history.”

At their annual assembly, held in Monte Carlo, the delegates of the CCEE chose two vice-presidents: Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, England; and Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, Poland.

 
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