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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
EU bishops walk to Compostela
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¬†With the European Union on the brink of its greatest-ever enlargement, the Bishops of all the member countries are leading a series of events in Spain to underline the responsibility of Christians for building a united Europe. Beginning on Saturday, the bishops lead 300 pilgrims from 25 different countries on the centuries-old camino to Santiago de Compostela, passing through Burgos, Leůn, Ponferrada and other sites. Each day will include a walk, an ecumenical prayer service, Mass and a lecture by a leading figure in European public life. The speakers and celebrants include: Bishop Athanasios of Achaia, representing the Greek Orthodox Church; Archbishop Julian Barrio, Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela; Sr Madeleine Fredell OP Swedish Commission for Justice and Peace; P Andres Gouzes OP, composer; Bishop Amedee Grab, Bishop of Chur (Switzerland) and President of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences; Mary Hanafin, representing the Irish Presidency of the European Union; Bishop Josef Homeyer, Bishop of Hildesheim (Germany) and President of COMECE; Hilde Kieboom, Community of Sant' Egidio; Bishop Carlos Lopes Losano, Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church; Bishop Van Luyn of Rotterdam; Archbishop Monteiro de Castro, Apostolic Nuncio in Spain; Alojz Peterle, former Prime Minister of Slovenia and former member of the Presidium of the European Convention; Clemente Serna OSB Abbot of Santo Domingo de Silos; Bishop Vikstrom, Lutheran Bishop of Porvoo, Finland. There was a video message from Prof. Roman Prodi, President of the European Commission. The Mass in Burgos Cathedral yesterday was broadcast live by France 2 television. After arriving in Santiago on Wednesday, the Bishops will hold a congress entitled 'European Union: Hope and Responsibility ≠ The development of European unity from a theological perspective'. The speakers will include Michel Camdessus, President of Semaines Sociales de France and Former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Cardinal Antonio Rouco Varela, Archbishop of Madrid, Prof. Serra, Former Rector of the University of Malta and Member of the European Convention, Archbishop Hippolyte Simon, Archbishop of Clermont (France) and Vice-President of COMECE, and Notker Wolf, OSB, Abbot Primate of the Benedictines. Source: COMECE
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