Spokesmen for European episcopal conferences to analyze presence of Islam on the continent

.- The spokesmen and communication directors of the different European bishops’ conferences will gather in Ireland July 20-23, to discuss the presence of Islam in Europe, the pastoral challenges in the field of communications, the Catholic perspective on freedom of the press, respect for religions and ecumenism, among other subjects.

The event is being organized by the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe and will take place in Maynooth, Ireland.  According to the Fides news agency, the idea for the meeting came from the Bishops’ Conference of Ireland and its director of communications, Martin Long.

35 representatives from 23 countries will participate.  Other issues to be discussed include reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the agenda of the European Union.

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