17-20 March 2022 Bratislava, Slovakia

3rd European Catholic Social Days

Europe - beyond the pandemic: a new beginning

European societies in transition: a Christian contribution towards solidarity and social justice

17 March 2022 the 3rd European Catholic Social Days open in Bratislava



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This gathering of Catholics committed to the social apostolate of the Church from across our continent provides a unique opportunity for the Church to reflect on its mission to and in contemporary society.

Bishops, clergy and lay people of all ages will come together from all over Europe to address and discuss the major issues of concern to the Church as she considers how best to meet the “joys and hopes, fears and aspirations” of men and women of good will in today’s world.

Pope Francis has brought a fresh and challenging perspective to many of the issues at the heart of contemporary Europe’s search for identity and to the questions which inform political debate at every level. This concerns both the entire European continent, the countries of the European Union and the European Union as such, particularly challenged after the election of last May. A huge opportunity is presented to the Church to contribute to reflection on the profile of Europe into the future.

We see the Social Days as a particularly significant moment in this cycle of reflection. We wish to connect the debate about Europe with the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church.

Organizers

The Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), is the association of Catholic Church episcopal conferences in member states of the European Union which officially represents those episcopal conferences at EU institutions.

The Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe (Latin: Consilium Conferentiarum Episcoporum Europae) (CCEE) is a conference of the presidents of the 33 Roman Catholic episcopal conferences of Europe, the Archbishop of Luxembourg, the Archbishop of Monaco, Maronite Catholic Archeparch of Cyprus, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Chişinău, the Ruthenian Catholic Eparch of Mukacheve, and the Apostolic Administrator of Estonia.

The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development was established by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, with the Apostolic Letter of August 17, 2016, in a new Motu Proprio, Humanam Progressionem. Since 1st of January 2017, the Dicastery has been created merging the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, and the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers. The Dicastery includes the Commission for Charity, the Commission for Ecology and the Commission for Health Care Workers, each operating according to its norms.

The Slovak Bishops' Conference, established by the Apostolic See in 1993, is an assembly of the bishops of the Slovak Republic, who together carry out certain pastoral tasks for the faithful of their territory, in order to increase the good which the Church offers to the people, in particular by forms and ways of apostolate, suitably adapted to the circumstances of the time and place, according to the norm of the law.

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H.Em. Card. Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ

H.Em. Card. Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ

President of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the EU (COMECE)

H.E. Msgr. Gintaras Grušas

H.E. Msgr. Gintaras Grušas

President of the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe (CCEE)

H.E. Msgr. Stanislav Zvolenský

H.E. Msgr. Stanislav Zvolenský

President of the Slovak Bishops' Conference

Rev. Fr. Martin Michalíček

Rev. Fr. Martin Michalíček

Secretary General of CCEE

Prof. Sr. Cécile Renouard RA

Prof. Sr. Cécile Renouard RA

Professor at Centre Sévres, ESSEC business school, Sciences Po and Mines ParisTech, France

Prof. Fr. Miloš Lichner SJ

Prof. Fr. Miloš Lichner SJ

Faculty of Theology, Vice-Rector of Trnava University, Slovakia, former President of the European Society for Catholic Theology

H.E. Msgr. Antoine Hérouand

H.E. Msgr. Antoine Hérouand

President of the COMECE Social Affairs Commission

H.E. Msgr. Giampaolo Crepaldi

H.E. Msgr. Giampaolo Crepaldi

President of the CCEE's Commission for Social Pastoral Care

H.E. Dubravka Šuica

H.E. Dubravka Šuica

EU Commission Vice-President in charge of Democracy and Demography

H.E. Katalin Novák

H.E. Katalin Novák

Minister for Families, Hungary

H.E. Vincenzo Paglia

H.E. Vincenzo Paglia

President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Italy

Nicola Speranza

Nicola Speranza

Secretary General of FAFCE

H.E. Msgr. Paul Tighe

H.E. Msgr. Paul Tighe

Secretary for Pontifical Council for Culture, Holy See

Bruno Bobone

Bruno Bobone

UNIAPAC International President, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Portugal (CCIP), Portugal

Miriam Lexmann

Miriam Lexmann

Member of the European Parliament's (EPP) Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, Slovakia

Sarah Prenger

Sarah Prenger

President of the International Young Christian Workers' Movement, Germany

Dr. Jesús Avezuela Cárcel

Dr. Jesús Avezuela Cárcel

Director General of Fundación Pablo VI and Legal Adviser of the Spanish Council of State, member of COMECE Social Affairs Commision, Spain

H.E. Msgr. Bohdan Dzyurakh

H.E. Msgr. Bohdan Dzyurakh

Ukraine Greek Catholic Church, Germany

Alexandria Hansen

Alexandria Hansen

FDF ("Voluntary Boy and Girl Association"), Presidium Member of FIMCAP Europe, Federation of Catholic Parochial Youth Movements, Denmark

Rev. Fr. Luis Okulik

Rev. Fr. Luis Okulik

CCEE

H.E. Msgr. Noel Treanor

H.E. Msgr. Noel Treanor

Vice-President of COMECE, President of the Justice & Peace Europe

Josianne Gauthier

Josianne Gauthier

CIDSE Secretary General

Rev. Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto

Rev. Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto

Secretary General of COMECE

Program

Speeches and activities



Registration at the hotel Crown Plaza Bratislava, upon arrival of the participants

Presided by
H. E. Msgr. Stanislav Zvolenský, Archbishop of Bratislava, Slovakia

Presided by
H.E. Msgr. Gintaras Grušas, President of the Council of the European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE)

  • H. E. Msgr. Stanislav Zvolenský, Archbishop of Bratislava
  • H.E. Msgr. Gintaras Grušas, President of the Council of the European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE)
  • H.Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich S. J., President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the EU (COMECE)
  • • A representative of national or local government

Moderated by Rev. Fr. Martin Michalíček, Secretary General of CCEE

Analysis: exploring the social challenges in Europe today and the road to recovery
Idea: analysing the social situation in Europe in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and its recovery from an integral perspective (anthropological, socio-economic and socio-ecological)
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Socio-economic input
    Prof. Sr. Cécile Renouard RA, Professor at Centre Sèvres, ESSEC business school, Sciences Po and Mines ParisTech, France
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Theological-anthropological input
    Prof. Fr. Miloš Lichner SJ, Faculty of Theology, Vice-Rector of Trnava University, Slovakia; former President of the European Society for Catholic Theology
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Q&A session
    Co-moderated by H.E. Msgr. Antoine Hérouard, President of the COMECE Social Affairs Commission, H.E. Msgr. Giampaolo Crepaldi, President of the CCEE’s Commission for Social Pastoral Care

Demographic transition and family life
Idea: discuss population decline, the growing rural-urban divide in Europe and the importance of family as the nucleus cell of society
  • 15:00 - 15:30 Keynote Speech
    H.E. Dubravka Šuica, EU Commission Vice-President in charge of Democracy and Demography
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Panel debate
    H.E. Katalin Novák, Minister for Families, Hungary
    H.E. Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Italy
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Q&A session
    Moderated by Nicola Speranza, Secretary General of FAFCE
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Workshops

Venue: St Martin’s Cathedral

Venue: Seminary

Technological and digital transition
Idea: analyse the digital and technological transition, judging on its ethical and anthropological implications and discussing how digitalisation can help everybody in the pursuit of a dignified life
  • 9:30 - 10:00 Keynote Speech
    H. E. Msgr. Paul Tighe, Secretary for Pontifical Council for Culture, Holy See
  • 10:00 - 10:30 Panel debate
    Bruno Bobone, UNIAPAC International President, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Portugal (CCIP), Portugal
    Miriam Lexmann, Member of the European Parliament’s (EPP) Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, Slovakia
    Sarah Prenger, President of the International Young Christian Workers' Movement, Germany
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Q&A session
    Moderated by Dr. Jesús Avezuela Cárcel, Director General of Fundación Pablo VI and Legal Adviser of the Spanish Council of State. member of COMECE Social Affairs Commission, Spain
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Workshops

Presided by
H.Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich S.J., President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the EU (COMECE)

Ecological transition
Idea: debate the urgent need for an ecological conversion and the challenge to shape the transition to the benefit of everybody as indicated in Laudato si’
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Keynote Speech
    Prof. Sr. Alessandra Smerilli F.M.A., Dicastery of Integral Human Development, Holy See, tbc
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Panel debate
    H.E. Msgr. Bohdan Dzyurakh, Ukraine Greek Catholic Church, Germany
    Ms. Aleksandra Tomczak, Member of the Cabinet of European Commission’s Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans, tbc
    Alexandria Hansen, FDF (“Voluntary Boy and Girl Association"), Presidium Member of FIMCAP Europe, Federation of Catholic Parochial Youth Movements, Denmark
  • 16:30 - 17:00 Q&A session
    Moderated by Rev. Fr. Luis Okulik, CCEE
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Workshops

Idea: an informal gathering that facilitates networking and present local Church, cultural and social realities (also invite local social movements)

Takeaways from the workshops: how to shape the transition to a new Europe?
Idea: rapporteurs will report back from the workshops and present their conclusions, which then will be discussed in the plenary assembly
  • H.E. Msgr. Noel Treanor, Vice-President of COMECE, President of Justice & Peace Europe
  • Josianne Gauthier, CIDSE Secretary General
  • Maria Nyman, Caritas Europa Secretary General

Moderated by Rev. Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto, Secretary General of COMECE

  • H. E. Msgr. Stanislav Zvolenský, Archbishop of Bratislava
  • H.E. Msgr. Gintaras Grušas, President of the Council of the European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE)
  • H.Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich S. J., President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the EU (COMECE)

Presided by
N.N., Apostolic Nuncio to Slovakia

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