FUCE General Assembly Reiterates its Commitment to an Integral Ecology and the Environment
The tone for the conference was set by Dr. Fabien Revol of the Lyon Catholic University (UCLY) in his comments on Laudato Si, he said it was an Encyclical of Integral Theology. The following days saw several presentations mainly from our Catholic Universities of Europe dwell largely on the theme of the environment and Climate Change.
Prof. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele Vice-Chair of the IPCC (Intergovernmental panel on Climate Change) and Prof. at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) and Prof. John Sweeney from the Catholic University of Maynooth were explicit in their proposal that the Universities can educate and take several measures in contributing to awareness and practical actions on working towards a safer environment on the issue of Climate change.
The FUCE has some interesting ongoing projects
i) Pluriel Platform: A university research platform on Islam in Europe and Lebanon
ii) A Training Programme on European Identity and
iii) An Ethics networking group
The General Assembly of the FUCE concluded with the elections of the office bearers for the next mandate.
Those elected are:
President: Prof. Thierry Mangin (Université Catholique de Lyon), France
Vice- President: Prof. Wladyslaw Zuziak (Pontifical University John Paul II, Cracow), Poland
Board Members representing the Regions:
Prof. Maceliano Arranz (Real Centro Unviersitario Escorial-Maria Cristina), Spain
Prof. Andrea Ciampani (Libera Unviersita “Maria SS Assunta”), Italy
Prof. Hugh Connolly, (St. Patrick’s College Maynooth) Ireland
Prof. Thérése Lebrun, (Université Catholique de Lille) France
Prof. Frantisek Trstensky (Catholic University in Ruzomberok), Solvakia
Prof. Khalil Chalfoun (Université La Sagesse) Lebanon