Together for Europe brings together Christian Movements and Communities – over 300 in number spread across the Continent – belonging to different Churches. While preserving their independence, collectively they form a network to pursue shared goals, each bringing a contribution specific to their own charism.

A reality rooted in strong shared experiences; Movements and Communities – just as different from each other as European cultures, languages and regions – establish relationships of communion and fellowship in which full respect of mutual diversity is maintained.

Together for Europe wants to respond to a need for a “culture of reciprocity” in which individuals and peoples welcome and get to know each other and reconcile differences with mutual respect and support.

Together for Europe held large European events in Stuttgart in 2004 and 2007 and in Munich in 2016; with another event taking place in 2012 across 152 European cities, with Brussels as a focal point. A true, small-scale model of Europe united and alive; while many of its activities are carried out locally, a broad vision of being part of a globalised world is maintained throughout.

Together for Europe seeks to meet the key challenges of the Continent putting the charisms of Movements and Communities at the service of humanity. This gives rise to numerous initiatives which promote reconciliation and peace, the safeguarding of life and creation, a just economy, solidarity with the poor and the marginalized, the family, the good of cities and brotherhood in Europe.


We envisage a united and multifaceted Europe, with strong social cohesion and cultural diversity. No more can our differences be a reason for fear or separation. We live for a Europe where differences are not eliminated, but valued and encouraged.

We envisage a Europe animated by brotherhood spread by a love rooted in the Gospel which yields fruits such as the sharing of goods and resources, equality and freedom for all and openness to people of other cultures and religious traditions. This way of life has the potential to spur more courageous choices in all fields.

We envisage a Europe that itself becomes a “message of peace”, and a bridge between peoples. We help to build it through our daily commitment to mutual forgiveness and lived reconciliation. We envisage a participatory and democratic Europe.

The awareness that each of us is a unique individual with an inherent social vocation makes possible new forms of responsible participation in democracy and relationships between citizens and institutions.

We envisage a Europe that is aware of its responsibilities and open to the whole world.

We envisage a Europe – from the Atlantic to the Urals – that places emphasis on the human person, acknowledging that its unique dignity must be respected by states, civic and religious communities as well as by individuals.


A number of significant encounters and moments of communion representing different stages of our journey together

(to view individual years please click on the squares below)


On the 31st of October 1999 on the occasion of the historical signing of the “Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification by the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church” leaders of several Movements and Communities both Catholic and Evangelical from Italy and Germany convened in Augsburg (Germany). On the evening of the same day they met in the nearby Ecumenical Centre of Ottmaring. Through a powerful experience of communion they were inspired to begin a journey of fellowship together.


In March at the Leadership Meeting (“Treffen von Verantwortlichen”) in Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Germany), the Lutheran Bishop Ulrich Wilckens and Chiara Lubich spoke respectively of “the division of Christians as the cause of atheism” and ”mutual love as the way to unity”. This led to an event, prophetic in its nature: leaders reciprocally asked for forgiveness for past wrongs in the name of their respective Churches or Movements. Their act of contrition and forgiveness paved the way towards reconciliation. Reconciliation, lived in this way is an essential premise of Together for Europe.


On the morning of the 8th of December, 800 leaders of Movements and Communities belonging to different Churches met in the Evangelical Lutheran church of St. Matthew in Munich (Germany). Responding to a spontaneous invitation by Chiara Lubich, Helmut Nicklas and Fr. Michael Marmann they made the Pact of mutual love (see John 13:34). This Pact became the foundation for everything that is now considered as constituting the heritage of Together for Europe. The afternoon meeting held in the Munich Catholic cathedral and attended by approximately 5,000 members and friends of Communities and Movements, was characterised by a profound experience of fellowship in Christ.


In the spirit of the previously made Pact, a number of Evangelicals from the “Treffen von Verantwortlichen” Leadership Meeting travelled to Rome in order to get to know better some Catholic Movements. During their encounters they became aware of the many Christian Communities and Movements present throughout Europe. And so, the idea of giving visibility to this experience of brotherhood lived in Europe was born.


In June, representatives of Movements and Communities from Germany and Italy met in Berlin to further this idea. They decided to invite members of Movements and Communities throughout Europe to a large-scale meeting in Stuttgart (Germany). The preparation of the first Together for Europe event began. To this end an international Steering Committee” was established.


The first event entitled “Together for Europe 2004” took place in two parts. On the 6th and 7th of May a Congress called “Together in sharing and unveiling our mutual gifts” was held with approximately 2,000 participants from many European countries. On the 8th of May more than 9,000 participants from 186 Communities and Movements gathered in the Stuttgart Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle. The objective was to contribute to a more united Europe, where unity encompasses a multitude of cultures and denominations. A world-wide satellite broadcast of the gathering was made accessible to a further 100,000 people who took part in 163 simultaneous events organised locally. This inspired similar Together initiatives involving Movements and Communities in other parts of the world…

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During the second event entitled “Together for Europe“, also held in Stuttgart, the number of participating Communities and Movements rose to 250. The two-day Congress held on the 10th and 11th of May under the name “Together, on the way” gave the participants the opportunity to reflect on experiences shared up to that point and to deepen communion among all those present. On the 12th May, during a large-scale public event, Movements and Communities gave witness to their efforts promoting life and creation, the family, solidarity with the poor, peace and a just economy, thereby showing their readiness to take on a share of responsibility in society, all of which was expressed in the event’s final message The 7 Yeses. As in 2004, related events took place simultaneously all over Europe…

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Meanwhile Communities and Movements began their journey of Together for Europe in many European cities. Local events were staged in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Northern Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary. On the 9th of November, in the centre of the Community of Sant’Egidio in Rome the document Foundations of Communion” was signed.

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On the 12th of May another event of Together for Europe took place in Brussels close to European Union headquarters. Locally organised meetings and events took place simultaneously in more than 150 cities of 22 European nations. The event culminated with a Live-Streaming link-up with Brussels during which the Manifesto 2012 was read out.

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The “Encounter. Reconciliation. Future.” Outdoor Rally was held in the centre of Munich (Bavaria, Germany) on July 2. Through this public international event, the network Together for Europe intended to make a step outwards, and in view of the 500 year anniversary of Luther’s Reformation which will be marked in 2017, to publicly state its commitment to unity. Video addresses by Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew especially recorded for the event conveyed a message that is significant for today’s Europe in crises. Striking testimonials of reconciliation on various levels were presented throughout the event. 5,000 participants were present from many European countries, while the event broadcast to more than 7,000 Live-streaming points in 7 languages set up around and outside Europe.

The Outdoor Rally was preceded by a Congress (30.6. – 1.7.) which welcomed some 1,700 participants from more than 200 Movements and Communities from 32 countries. Within the Congress programme 17 Forums and 19 Round Tables were held to address some of the pressing challenges that Europe faces today.

read more on Munich 2016 >

read the Concluding Message “Together for Europe 2016” >