The European Union wants to adopt the Pope of Rome’s teaching on “Caritas in Veritate”.
This is the pontiffs ideas on perspective of politics, economics and theology.
To learn more from the Pope, the EU Parliament has arranged several seminar’s. The last one was organized by the European People’s Party along with the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE).
The EU Parliament has also made it a traditions to arrange for an annual meeting with all top religious leaders in Europe. This event is also inspired by the Bishop of Rome, and his ecumenical effort of bringing together people of all faiths into a global peace movement.
These annual meetings was started by the Portuguese Catholic President of the EU Commission Jose Manuel Barroso in 2005.
Since 2007, the representatives of the churches and faith communities are received by the three presidents of the European institutions.
How was their last meeting?
Lets read a report from the Catholic news agency, Zenit.
This was the appeal of Bishop Adrianus van Luyn, President of COMECE, to the EU leaders on the occasion of the 6th annual meeting of the EU Presidents with the Religious leaders in Europe, which was held on July 19 at the European Commission.
The meeting was hosted by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission and co-chaired by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council and Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament. It was dedicated to the fight against poverty and social exclusion.
Around twenty senior figures from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim religions as well as from the Sikh and Hindu communities – coming from fourteen Members States – met to discuss the importance of combating poverty and social exclusion from the perspective of European governance.
Source: Multiple media.
The best way to explain what is going on, is to present the list of the guests to the European Unions “ecumenical” dinner party.
Lets take a look.
Presidents of Commission and Parliament discuss combating poverty and social exclusion with European faith leaders on 19 July 2010
The Right Reverend Christopher HILL,
Bishop of Guildford
CHURCHES OF THE REFORMATION:
Hochwürdigen Herrn Prälat Dr. Bernhard FELMBERG,
Bevollmächtigter des Rates der Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland bei der Europäischen Union,
His Excellency Peter Skov-Jakobsen
Bishop of Copenhagen, The Evangelical, Lutheran Church in Denmark
His Excellency Miloš Klátik,
Bishop of the Evangelical Church of Augsburg Confession in Slovakia
Monsieur le Pasteur Docteur Guy Liagre
Président du Synode de l’Église Protestante Unie de Belgique
CONFERENCE OF EUROPEAN CHURCHES:
Son Eminence Métropolite Emmanuel de France
Président de la Conférence des Églises européennes
Dr. Dalil Boubakeur
Recteur de la Grande Mosquée de Paris
Imam Bekir Alboğa
Türkisch Islamische Union der Anstalt für Religion
Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra
Assistant Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain
Imam Yahya Pallavicini
Vice-Presidente de la Comunità religiosa Islamica
Maharaja Sivarama Swami
Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh
Chairman of the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha
Son Excellence Grand Rabbin Gilles Bernheim
Grand Rabbin de France et Vice-président de la Conférence des Rabbins Européens
Son Excellence Grand Rabbin Albert Guigi
Vice-président de la Conférence des Rabbins Européens
His Excellency Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich
Chief Rabbi of Poland
Dayan Yonoson Abraham,
Judge of the Rabbinical court of the Chief Rabbinate of the United Synagogue of the UK and the Commonwealth
His Beatitude Ieronymos II
Archbishop of Athens and All Greece
His Eminence Simeon
Metropolitan of Western und Central Europe.
Orthodox Church of Bulgaria
Son Eminence le Métropolite Joseph
Représentant de l’Eglise Orthodoxe Roumaine auprès des Institutions européennes
Bishop Porfyrios of Neapolis
Representative of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus to the EU
ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH:
His Eminence Cardinal Péter Erdö
Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest
His Excellency Monsignor Stanislas Zvolenský
Archbishop of Bratislava
His Excellency Monsignor Adrianus van Luyn
Bishop of Rotterdam
President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conference of the European Community (COMECE)
Dama Flaminia Giovanelli,
Sotto-Segretaria dello Consiglio Pontificio della Giustizia e della Pace
For further information on the event: please see IP/10/967