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Genoa Prelate Elected to Lead European Bishops

Polish and English prelates elected as vice-presidents of CCEE

On Saturday, the Presidents of Europe’s Bishops’ Conferences, members by right of CCEE (the Council of European Episcopal Conferences) elected the new CCEE Presidency for the five-year mandate 2016-2021.

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa and President of the Italian Bishops’ Conference (former CCEE Vice President for the five years’ period 2011-2016), was elected as President, and to the roles of Vice-presidents were elected Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and His Grace Mgr Stanisław Gądecki, Archbishop of Poznań and President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference.

The Plenary Assembly thanked the newly-elected Vice-presidents for their willingness and wished them a period of profitable work in the service of evangelization and the Church in Europe, At the same time, the participants thanked the members of the outgoing Presidency for the work they have undertaken for the good of the Church and for their dedication in promoting fraternal communion between the European episcopates.

The new Presidency has started its term of office immediately after the election.

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