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Friday, December 9, 2016
Bishops search for a common European heritage
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¬†The fifth annual COMECE Summer University is set to take place on the banks of the Danube in LeŠnyfalu, near Budapest, Hungary from 13 to 17 of this month. The theme of this year's event, which brings together young people working for or with Europe's Catholic Bishops' Conferences, is "The Europeanisation of the European Union: Impetus to the Search for a Common Heritage". The keynote speakers include Dr Jůzsef SzŠjer, Vice-Chairman of Hungary's Fidesz Party, and Dr Paul Stoop, Deputy Director of the American Academy in Berlin, who will explore the implications of EU enlargement and transatlantic relations for a united Europe. Prof Michael Haren (Dublin), Prof Nicholas Boyle (Cambridge) and Prof Claude Geffrť OP (Paris) will address different aspects of Europe's Christian heritage, while Prof. Miklos Tomka (Budapest) and Prof. Jan Kerkhofs SJ (Leuven) will present the findings of the European Values Study. The Slovenian writer Marusa Krese and the Polish artist Dr Krzysztof Niedaltowski will also reflect on the unifying role of dissident culture during the communist period in Central and Eastern Europe. The Summer University will be opened on Saturday by Archbishop Peter ErdŲ of Esztergom-Budapest and Professor Istvan Fried of the Institute for Comparative Literary Criticism in Szeged, Hungary. COMECE is the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community - a commission of the Catholic Bishops' Conferences of the member states of the European Union. The Bishops' Conferences of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland are associate members.
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