Hungarian Cardinal Re-elected to Lead Europe Bishops

TIRANA, Albania, OCT. 4, 2011 ( Cardinal Péter Erdõ, archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, was elected for a second mandate as president of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences.

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The CCEE concluded Sunday its plenary assembly, during which elections were held.

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, archbishop of Genoa, and Archbishop Józef Michalik of Przemyśl, Poland, were elected vice presidents.

The CCEE plenary assembly also acceded to the request of Bishop Milan Šašik, eparchial bishop of Mukachevo for Byzantine Rite Ruthenians, to become a member of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences, in accordance with the formula proposed by the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. 

Therefore the CCEE is now composed of the presidents of the 33 bishops’ conferences present in Europe and the archbishops of Luxembourg, of the Principality of Monaco, the Maronite archbishop of Cyprus, the bishop of Chişinău (Republic of Moldova) and the eparchial bishop of Mukachevo. Also participating are the president of the Bishops’ Conference of Kazakhstan and the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem with the status of permanent invitees.

The Eparchy of Mukachevo is under the jurisdiction of the Ruthenian «sui iuris» Church. Through the 1646 Union of Uhorod, the Ruthenian Church was united with the Catholic Church. The Ruthenian Church is immediately subject to the Holy See.

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