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EU bishops offer recommendations on foreign policy, security

June 16, 2016

The Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), headquartered in Brussels, has issued “Europe’s Vocation to Promote Peace in the World,” a document that offers 22 recommendations on foreign and security policy to EU decision-makers.

The document proposes “three pillars” of an EU peace policy: “pre-emptive peacebuilding,” “peace through justice,” and “peace through security.”

“One of the most urgent tasks which the EU has to address at this juncture in its history is the elaboration of a new Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy,” wrote Cardinal Reinhard Marx, COMECE’s president. “It is my hope that the text of the report will be of assistance to policy makers as they prepare the final series of recommendations on peace and security to the European Council.”


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  • Posted by: unum - Jun. 17, 2016 10:22 AM ET USA

    Why don't our Bishop-Politicians concentrate on teaching the faithful instead of engaging in politics?

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Jun. 16, 2016 10:50 AM ET USA

    The European bishops' platform is far, far more detailed than the GOP "A Better Way" platform mentioned here recently. And I can understand why bishops weigh in on public policy things, while also I wonder, is all this really the competency of bishops?