FAFCE

Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

The address of Pope Francis to Europe

Strasbourg, 25 November 2014, Address of Pope Francis to the European Parliament

Strasbourg, 25 November 2014, Address of Pope Francis to the Council of Europe

The Pope spoke to Europe in Strasbourg, but what is the difference between the European Parliament and the Council of Europe?

On 25 November 2014, Pope Francis addressed the European Parliament, gathered for this occasion in a formal session, then he went to the Council of Europe. For the first non-European Pope of the modern age, it is the 5th trip outside the Italian Peninsula and the 2nd in Europe, after his visit to Albania on the 21st of September 2014.

Pope Francis had been invited by the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, during his visit to the Vatican on 11 October 2013.

Read more: The Pope spoke to Europe in Strasbourg, but what is the difference between the European...

Press release | The human: the most notable absentee of the 2015 European Commission Work Programme

Brussels, 17 December 2014 

Map of Europe with Human Factor

Yesterday 16 December the European Commission presented its 2015 Work Programme to the European Parliament. With this document, the College sets out its plans for the 12 months ahead, making new proposals and proposing to withdraw or amend 80 proposals put on the table by the past Commissions in the previous years.

Among the new proposals, we chiefly point out the Mid-term review of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the Communication on the post-2015 post development Goals. Through these two initiatives, the European Commission would like to give a new boost for jobs, growth and investment, making the European Union a stronger global actor.

 

Read more: Press release | The human: the most notable absentee of the 2015 European Commission Work Programme

Over 100 organisations call on the European Commission to withdraw the 5th Equal Treatment Directive Proposal

Brussels, 3 December 2014

On the occasion of the International Day of People with Disability (3 December), FAFCE together with more than 100 organisations representing several million citizens in EU Member States are calling upon the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, to withdraw the proposal for a fifth Equal Treatment Directive. Originally intended to remedy specific discrimination against disabled people, it has since become an instrument to advance many other wide-ranging political objectives. The signatories of the open letter are worried that the proposed Directive, if adopted, would limit the fundamental civil rights of all European citizens in a grave and harmful way – particularly the freedom to carry out diverse and targeted professional, economic and service activities without being afraid of being accused of discrimination. 

Read more: Over 100 organisations call on the European Commission to withdraw the 5th Equal Treatment...

« The family, united, fruitful and indissoluble, possesses the elements fundamental for fostering hope in the future. » - Pope Francis addresses a strong message in favour of the family and human dignity to the European Parliament

Parl eur

Strasbourg, 25 November 2014

Today Pope Francis addressed the European Parliament during its plenary session in Strasbourg. His speech which was welcomed by standing ovations by the Members of European Parliament through whom he addressed a message to all citizens of the European Union, wishing “as a pastor, to offer a message of hope and encouragement”. Recalling the spirit of the founding fathers of Europe, the Holy Father stressed that “at the heart of this ambitious political project was confidence in man, not soo much as a citizen or an economic agent, but in man, in men and women as persons endowed with transcendent dignity”.

"The family, united, fruitful and indissoluble, possesses the elements fundamental for fostering hope in the future."  Pope Francis made several strong points about the role of family, namely saying that “To give Europe hope means more than simply acknowledging the centrality of the human person; it also implies nurturing the gifts of each man and woman. It means investing in individuals and in those settings in which their talents are shaped and flourish. The first area surely is that of education, beginning with the family, the fundamental cell and most precious element of any society.”

Read more: « The family, united, fruitful and indissoluble, possesses the elements fundamental for fostering...

Contact us

 

Stay informed

Email address:


youtube-icone-8916-128

twitter-icone-3703-128

facebook-icone-8470-128