29th of September
The annual meeting of the Eastern Catholic Bishops of Europe took place in Athens, Greece, from 18 to 21 September 2023, dedicated to: “The Family in the context of the Eastern Catholic Churches in Europe”.
The meeting was attended by more than 60 bishops and priests representing the Eastern Catholic Churches of Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Germany and the Scandinavian countries, Armenian Greek and Byzantine, Belarus, Cyprus, Italy and representatives of the Syro-Malabar Church and the Syrian Catholic Church in its European diaspora. Also present were the Apostolic Nuncio to Greece, H.E. Msgr. Jan Romeo Pawłowski, the CCEE President, H.E. Msgr. Gintaras Grušas and Rev. Michel Jalakh, Secretary of the Dicastery for the Oriental Churches.
The Council of the European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE), finalised a Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed between the two organisations 2021 to formalise their already existing and fruitful cooperation.