THE COUNCIL of European Bishops' Conference (CCEE), presided over by Cardinal Basil Hume, recently held its annual Plenary Assembly in Frascati outside Rome.
Most European countries, from both East and West, were represented and, for the first time. a delegate from Lithuania. which is inside the USSR, took part.
Apart from providing an opportunity for the bishops to exchange information about the position of the Catholic Church generally, the assembly also enabled them to prepare two very important meetings at European level.
The first of these meetings is to be the second ecumenical encounter which will take place at Lgum kloster in Denmark in November. It is hoped that this encounter will bring together 40 Catholic bishops and 40 Church leaders from the other Christian Churches.
The second meeting will be the fifth Symposium of European bishops which is o be held in Rome next October and will bring together about 80 bishops. They will discuss the best methods to carry out their common work in Europe.
The Plenary Assembly also received reports on the growing number of meetings at European level either organised by CCEE or run in collaboration oith the Council. These included consultations on such varied topics as the problem of immigrant worker. the Church's work with the mass media., and thc cause of peace and hurnan rights.