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Bishops discuss shaping consciences and solidarity in Europe

European bishops are gathered in a four-day meeting to discuss solidarity in Europe and the work of the Church.

The meeting, which lasts until 16 September, is taking place in Ponzan, Poland.

As Vatican News’ Alessandro Gisotti reports from Ponzan, the theme of the plenary assembly of the Council of the Bishops’ Conference of Europe (CCEE) focusses on how the Church can cooperate with European States to tackle economic and migration issues currently affecting the continent.

The state of solidarity in Europe and the Church’s mission. This is the main theme of the Plenary Assembly of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences, starting today here in Poznan, Poland. At the invitation of archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, president of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, the church body – representing 45 nations of the continent – will discuss on the spirit of solidarity in Europe. Spirit underlined by Pope Francis through a message to the participants. In a very delicate moment for Europe, facing economic struggles and unprecedented crisis on migration, the bishops will examine the relationship between the Church and the States. The meeting also will present the work and priorities of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development from the Secretary, Mgr Bruno Marie Duffé. Testimony to the importance of the Church for Polish society is the presence, at the opening session, of various civil and institutional authorities. Also participating in a meeting on the afternoon of Saturday 15 will be Andrzej Duda, president of Poland.

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