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Poverty, strength of EU are focus for European bishops’ group

October 28, 2016

European poverty was the top item on the agenda at this week’s plenary meeting of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), the body that unites Catholic bishops of the nations belonging to the European Union.

“It is a commitment of the Church to walk with the poor,” said Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, the president of COMECE. “It was the great promise of the European project that everyone would have a place in a community living in peace and prosperity. This has not yet been achieved, but this is the main objective of the European project.”

In his opening address to the COMECE meeting, Cardinal Marx expressed strong support for the European Union, and said that in the wake of the “Brexit” movement, the European nations must “start moving toward each other again.” As the EU faces a crisis, he said, “COMECE is more important than ever.”

 
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