The Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions (Justice and Peace Europe) held their annual General Assembly in Luxembourg from Friday 30 September to Monday 3 October. The gathering took place following the first EU summit after the ‘Brexit’ referendum without the UK Prime Minister, and a speech on the state of the European Union by Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.
With these in mind, the Conference adopted a declaration on the European Union, saying: ‘The European Union is in bad shape … To bring things together again trust above all needs to be restored … Trust in Europe will not result from declarations, roadmaps and speeches and certainly not in the short term. It will take years to rebuild what was lost’. The Commission also acknowledged the role Christian Churches will play in this.
The declaration also revealed that the next annual concerted action from Justice and Peace Europe will be called ‘Europe at the Crossroads’.
It concluded, ‘Christianity is not a religion of decline but is uplifting. It is a religion of hope. As Christians in Europe we therefore appeal to our fellow citizens and especially those who hold political responsibilities to contribute to a Europe of responsibility and solidarity.’
The Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions (Justice and Peace Europe) is the alliance of 31 Justice and Peace Commissions in Europe, working for the promotion of justice, peace and respect for human dignity. The Council for Justice and Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference is a member of Justice and Peace Europe.
To read the full declaration, visit http://www.juspax-eu.org/en/.