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Evangelisation in the Eastern Rite Catholic Churches in Europe.
14th meeting of the Bishops of the Eastern Rite Catholic Churches
Oradea, Romania, 3-6 November 2011.
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The bishops representing the fourteen Eastern Rite Catholic Churches in Europe will devote the reflections at their annual meeting to the theme of the New Evangelisation.
The meeting in Oradea (Romania) constitutes, in fact, the only opportunity for the Greek-Catholic bishops to discuss the theme together before the 13th Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (Rome, October 2012) and is testimony, following the CCEE Plenary Assembly (Tirana, Albania, 29 September – 2 October) and the forthcoming CCEE Seminar in Rome on 22 November, to the attention of the Church in Europe to this issue.
The meeting, sponsored by the
Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE), also aims at being
an opportunity for episcopal communion and promoting awareness in
Europe of the richness of the various Eastern traditions of European
“The meeting in Oradea therefore constitutes not just an important moment for preparation, but also one of comparison about some of the challenges linked to the ability to proclaim the Gospel in our Churches, which in the twenty years since the fall of the totalitarian regimes have had to face up to societies in rapid change in which secularisation, emigration and relativism have modified the paradigms and methods not just of church belonging and religious practice, but also of the transmission and proclamation of the Gospel, and so they call our Churches to a communal discernment aimed at finding appropriate solutions for the current socio-cultural context. Likewise, there is also a need to take into account that many of our faithful live in communities which are outside the national context in which we work.
We have the duty and urgency to respond to
their need of Christ where they are in communion with the church
bodies where they find themselves living”.
This will be followed by interventions from Mgr Boris Gudzik, Rector of the Greek-Catholic University of Lviv, on the Eastern Rite Catholic Churches twenty years after the fall of the totalitarian regimes; from Fr Marko Rupnik, world famous artist, on sacred Byzantine art in the context of the new evangelisation; from Cesare Alzati, professor at the Catholic University of Milan, on the contribution of the Eastern Rite Catholic Churches to the new evangelisation in Europe.
The final element wil be introduced by Fr
Alexandru Buzalic, professor at the University of Cluj-Napoca, on
the presence of “new movements” in Eastern Europe and in particular
in Romania. Each address will be followed by ample time for debate
aimed at drawing up a joint contribution to the 2012 Synodal
The President is Cardinal Péter Erdő,
Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Primate of Hungary; the
Vice-Presidents are Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa,
and Mgr Józef Michalik, Archbishop of Przemyśl. The General
Secretary is Mgr. Duarte da Cunha. The Secretariat is based at St