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Hostility toward Christian values is growing in European institutions, Polish politician and philosopher says

Aug 5, 2022

By Solène Tadié

The European Commission’s 2022 Rule of Law report has once again singled out Poland and Hungary, accusing both countries of... Read more

Bishop Krzysztof Zadarko, chairman of the Polish bishops’ council for migration, tourism, and pilgrimages.

Catholic bishop questions lack of EU support as Poland aids millions of Ukrainian refugees

May 16, 2022

By Justyna Galant

More than three million people have fled from Ukraine to Poland since Feb. 24. Read more

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Report: EU commission proposes sanctions against Patriarch Kirill

May 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

A document described the Russian Orthodox leader as ‘one of the main supporters of the Russian military aggression against Ukraine.’ Read more

Emmanuel Macron.

EU Catholic bishops criticize Macron’s call to add abortion to rights charter

Feb 8, 2022

By CNA Staff

They noted that there is no ‘right’ to abortion enshrined in international law. Read more

Emmanuel Macron.

Emmanuel Macron calls for abortion to be added to EU rights charter

Jan 19, 2022

By CNA Staff

He made the appeal after the election of a pro-life politician as president of the European Parliament. Read more

Pope Francis meets with David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament, June 25, 2021.

Pope Francis sends condolences for death of European Parliament president

Jan 11, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Sassoli’s funeral will be held in the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs in Rome on... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference on the journey from Athens to Rome, Dec. 6, 2021.

Pope Francis: EU commission guide discouraging word ‘Christmas’ was an anachronism

Dec 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

He noted that a series of ideologies had attempted to pull up Europe’s Christian roots. Read more

Pope Francis meets Msgr. Aldo Giordano, apostolic nuncio to the European Union, on June 17, 2021.

Apostolic nuncio to EU dies after contracting COVID-19

Dec 3, 2021

By CNA Staff

A cardinal said that Archbishop Giordano ‘left a lasting mark on all of us.’ Read more

The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Nov. 25, 2014. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA.

Afghanistan’s Christians ‘completely ignored’ in European Parliament resolution

Sep 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

ADF International estimates that 10,000 Christians face danger in Afghanistan. Read more

Ján Figeľ, special envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion outside the EU from 2016 to 2019, meets Pope Francis in 2018.

Jan Figel: ‘It’s a pity there is no EU religious freedom envoy anymore’

Sep 10, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Slovakian politician was the first person to hold the post. Read more

Christos Stylianides at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, Sept. 30, 2014.

Catholic bishops’ commission laments EU religious freedom envoy vacancy

Sep 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

The special envoy has left months after taking up the role. Read more

Robert Schuman in August 1949. Credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-19000-2453 (CC-BY-SA 3.0)

EU founding father Robert Schuman declared 'venerable' by Pope Francis

Jun 19, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has declared venerable the French statesman Robert Schuman, known as a key “founding father” of the European Union. Read more

The interior of the Church of St. Louis of the French (San Luigi dei Francesi) in Rome, Italy

EU to showcase the European history of Rome’s Catholic churches

May 4, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Weekly walks to 26 of Rome’s churches with historic ties to European nations will take place in May and June. Read more

Robert Schuman in August 1949. Credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-19000-2453 (CC-BY-SA 3.0)

Vatican official: Pope to advance sainthood cause of EU 'founding father' Robert Schuman

Apr 16, 2021

Pope Francis could declare venerable the French statesman Robert Schuman, a key “founding father” of the European Union, a Vatican... Read more

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Poland objects to EU declaring itself ‘LGBT freedom zone’

Mar 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

The European Union has declared itself an “LGBT freedom zone,” prompting objections from the Polish government, which says it has... Read more

Pope Francis: Global pandemic shows urgent need to build ‘culture of encounter’

Feb 12, 2021

Pope Francis on Friday told academics and diplomats that the coronavirus crisis showed the “urgent need” to build a “culture... Read more

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Jews, Muslims decry court decision backing Belgian ban on kosher, halal slaughter

Dec 18, 2020

Despite concern that a Belgian law bans Jewish and Muslim religious slaughter practices, a European Union court has said the... Read more

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, pictured Jan. 1, 2012.

Cardinal Parolin to EU bishops: Protect life from conception to natural death

Nov 3, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has encouraged bishops in Europe to evaluate legislative proposals in light of the... Read more

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg, at the Vatican, Oct. 5, 2019.

Cardinal says EU leaders have ‘chosen solidarity’ as they back coronavirus recovery fund

Jul 22, 2020

A cardinal praised European Union leaders Tuesday for showing solidarity with poorer member states after they reached agreement on a... Read more

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Catholic bishops urge renewed solidarity within EU for pandemic recovery

Jul 10, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The European Catholic bishops’ commission urged the European Union this week to commit to deepening solidarity in its pandemic recovery... Read more