(Brussels) “As a Church, we are called to make our contribution to peace both inside Europe and beyond its borders, in the world”. Mgr. Gianni Ambrosio is Bishop Delegate of the Italian Bishops’ Conference to COMECE, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community. He is among those attending the COMECE Spring Plenary Assembly on “Europe’s vocation to promote peace in the world”, which began yesterday afternoon at the COMECE headquarters in Brussels (Square de Meeûs), not far from the European Parliament. Participating in the Plenary are the bishops representing the EU Member States. Peace, relations among European countries and migration are among the key items on the agenda, although discussion will also focus on fundamental rights and bioethics. According to Mgr. Ambrosio, Europe’s “vocation” to “build peace is part of the original plan of the Founding Fathers”. “In this crucial phase of its history, Europe needs closer cooperation between its Member States, and more solidarity and mutual support” to face challenges such as the economic recovery, the humanitarian crisis caused by migration, and its international role. “However – the bishops said -, all this can only be achieved with internal cohesion and a clear foreign policy”. This will be a key issue on today’s agenda, with a closed-door debate between the bishops and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini.
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