Published on 1st January 2014

Ab Aeterno

  • Spain. Malaga. April 2010. Seminary of Malaga St.Sebastian and St.Thomas. Eucharistic celebration in the seminary chapel during a CCEE meeting of the Migration Commission.

  • Croatia. Zagreb. September 2010. Taking a break during the CCEE Plenary Assembly session. CCEE plenary assembly is held yearly, by rotation, in the country of origin of a member. Depending on the allocated budget for each meetings, conferences are held either in luxury hotels' conference rooms either in local religious facilities. Besides the cost of traveling, which is faced by any single participants (with financial help for the less wealthy), the costs for these meetings are supported by the hosting dioceses, by private sponsors and by the CCEE itself. The assembly ratifies the final balance and votes the forthcoming budget, relates about past actives of the CCEE and plans others to come. Every five years the assembly elects a president and two vice-presidents.

  • epublic of Cote d’Ivoire, Abidjan. November 2010. CCEE and SECAM members attend an official dinner at the Apostolic Nuncio's residence during a CCEE-SECAM meeting. An Apostolic Nuncio is a permanent diplomatic representative of the Holy See to a state or international organization, having the rank of an ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary. SECAM (Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar) and CCEE meet every second year, on rotation in Europe or in Africa. Their meetings are part of the activity of the Europe/Africa CCEE commission.

  • Portugal, Lisbon. June 2012. In occasion of the 3rd european catholic-orthodox forum promoted by the CCEE, bishops from the Greek Catholic Church during a guided tour to the Belem tower by the Tejo river. During each meeting a recreational activity is organized to entertain the participant members.

  • Vatican City State. February 2012. View of St. Peter's square from the Apostolic Palace of Sixtus V.

  • Switzerland, St. Gallen. September 2012. Opening session of the 41st. CCEEs' plenary assembly at the cantonal council hall of St. Gallen

  • Israel, Jerusalem. January 2012. The Holy Land Coordination (HLC) is an organization aiming to coordinate the bishops conferences of Europe and North America for the Catholic Church in the Holy Land. A CCEE delegation take part to HLC activities to express its concern for the autochthonous's christians minorities. HLC and CCEE members visit the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Archbishop Torkom Manoogian.

  • Switzerland, St.Gallen. September 2012. Hotel Einstein conference room, where the 41st CCEEs' plenary assembly is held. CCEE plenary assembly is held yearly, by rotation, in the country of origin of a member. Depending on the allocated budget for each meetings, conferences are held either in luxury hotels' conference rooms either in local religious facilities. Besides the cost of traveling, which is faced by any single participants (with financial help for the less wealthy), the costs for these meetings are supported by the hosting dioceses, by private sponsors and by the CCEE itself. The assembly ratifies the final balance and votes the forthcoming budget, relates about past actives of the CCEE and plans others to come. Every five years the assembly elects a president and two vice-presidents.

  • Austria. September 2010. Traveling from Sankt Pölten to Mariazell during a Pilgrimage of the CCEE Environment Commission. Mgr. Léonard, archbishop of Mechelen-Bruxelles e Mgr. Massafra bishop of Scutari-Pult (Albania), lead the morning prayer. Pilgrimages are occasionally organized by the CCEE.

  • Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, Abidjan. November 2010. Before celebrating the Holy Mass at St. Paul Cathedral, CCEE and SECAM members pose for a group photo. First raw from right: Mgr Ake, Mgr Defois, Mgr Jordan. Second raw from right: Mgr Dos Santos, Mgr Afonso. Mgr Polak joining the group. SECAM (Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar) and CCEE meet every second year, on rotation in Europe or in Africa. Their meetings are part of the activity of the Europe/Africa CCEE commission.

  • Austria, Mariazell. September 2010. Convivial celebration meal with the local community representatives closing a CCEE Environment Commission meeting. Mgr Léonard, archbishop of Mechelen-Bruxelles, singing.

  • Vatican City State. February 2012. During a CCEE-SECAM Symposium, a delegation of Bishops from Africa and Europe celebrate the Holy Mass at St. Peter's Basilica. SECAM (Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar) and CCEE meet every second year, on rotation in Europe or in Africa. Their meetings are part of the activity of the Europe/Africa CCEE commission.

  • Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, Abidjan, November 2010. View of the CERAO's parking lot (Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa), venture of the CCEE-SECAM meeting. SECAM (Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar) and CCEE meet every second year, on rotation in Europe or in Africa. Their meetings are part of the activity of the Europe/Africa CCEE commission.

  • Albania, Tirana. September 2011. During the CCEE Plenary Assembly the participant members visit the Presidential palace of the Republic of Albania. Visits to the State's representatives are normally scheduled. CCEE plenary assembly is held yearly, by rotation, in the country of origin of a member.

  • Austria, Mariazell. September 2010. The local firefighter band has been hired to welcome the representatives of the CCEE Environment Commission at the Europeum congress centre during a welcome party thrown by the local community.

  • Portugal, Sintra, Great Lisbon subregion. June 2012. Visit to Cabo da Roca, continental Europe's westernmost point. Mgr. Minnerath, archbishop of Dijon (France), pointing at the horizon. During each meeting a recreational activity is organized to entertain the participant members.

  • Portugal, Sintra, Great Lisbon subregion. June 2012. Visit at the Convent of the Capuchos located in Sintra's Natural Park. The small group got lost finding his way out and Mgr. Minnerath, archbishop of Dijon (France), tries localize its current position through his smartphone. During each meeting a recreational activity is organized to entertain the participant members.

  • Vatican City State. February 2012. A delegation of Bishops visit the Apostolic Palace of Sixtus V. Occasionally, a CCEE delegation is invited to attend a private audience with the Pope.

Ab Aeterno


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