About us

Together for Europe wants to respond to the need for a ‘culture of encounter and reciprocity’: it is an ecumenical network that brings people together in unity. In it, individuals and different peoples can welcome each other, get to know each other, reconcile, learn to esteem and support each other as a family of brotherly peoples.

Together for Europe is a path of communion, a free convergence of Christian Communities and Movements of different Churches, spread across the Continent. Maintaining their autonomy, they network for shared purposes, bringing the contribution of their own charisma, while respecting diversity.

Together for Europe wants to respond to the need for a ‘culture of encounter and reciprocity’: it is an ecumenical network that brings people together in unity. In it, individuals and different peoples can welcome each other, get to know each other, reconcile, learn to esteem and support each other as a family of brotherly peoples.

Since 2018, around ‘Europe Day’ (9 May), many European cities have committed themselves to bear witness though local activities to a model of a united and solidarity-based Europe.

Together for Europe wants to harness the charisms of the Communities and Movements for the good of humanity. It aims to translate Christian values into concrete responses to current challenges.

It promotes activities to promote reconciliation and peace, the protection of life and creation, a fair economy, solidarity with the poor and the marginalised, the family, the good of cities and brotherhood on the European continent.


Our vision for Europe

The 7 Yeses

Together for Europe 2012 Manifesto

Together for Europe 2016 Message

The Bases of Communion

Together for Europe 2007 Message

The 5 Keys

Together for Europe 2004 Messge

In the words of some of the initiators and representatives

Together for Europe

“Why do we want to do this? Because we love Europe, but we see it not as it should be. In fact, we think that even if the unification process takes place and in full, Europe will still not be what we want it to be. It will lack perhaps what is most important, precisely the spiritual part.” “Every movement and community is a response to the collective night that dominates the world. Indeed, it projects a light born of the Holy Spirit, which is a response to that particular darkness and builds networks of fraternity. It is necessary, now more than ever, to widen these networks and, in mutual love, to compose a great network of universal fraternity”.

Chiara Lubich

Movimento dei Focolari (+14 March 2008)

“What we have to say is not just ideas, but facts experienced and lived among us. That is why I would like to say that Europe ought to be happy to have at its heart a people of God that has been implementing this union, this cooperation, this communion for some time. A network has been created and we are happy to make Europe a reality, a space where there is joy in living.”


Helmut Nicklas

CVJM München (+12 August 2007)

“Together for Europe must become in European countries a movement of feelings, of ideas… so that a current of passion for unity sweeps over rigidities and borders. It is not a mere beautiful manifestation, but the expression of a destiny that we feel as a vocation for us Christians, as an opportunity for our fellow citizens, as a gift to the whole world. It is a deep current in history. And this current, in the end, will be overwhelming and involving.”


Andrea Riccardi

Comunità di Sant’Egidio

“Unity is possible, unity is a reality: we experience it together. Jesus broke down barriers, we found each other, we understood each other deeply, from within, and that is for me the greatest thing. Of course we do not stop at this communion, but it brings us together for Europe, for our society”.

Gerhard Pross

CVJM Esslingen

“If we discover God’s values, I believe the we will be able to breathe again and, with us, the entire society. And, at the same time, make visible this inner space, where God dwells, and help people to find him”.

Suor Anna-Maria aus der Wiesche

Christusbruderschaft Selbitz (+ 31 August 2020)

“In Together for Europe we do not talk about ecumenism: it is a reality that we live together. From the starting point of unity we can move forward… coming from different experiences, different expressions, but united for a common mission, a common purpose which is to say to Europe: ‘It is possible to live in unity, it is possible to manifest reconciliation and it is possible to show that there is life and hope for our continent'”.

Michelle Moran

Sion Community

“For me these moments are like the visible face of the iceberg, this body of Christ present in the world to give a soul, to be the salt of the earth”.

Christophe D’Aloisio

Fraternité orthodoxe en Europe occidentale

“We are following the path opened up by the founders of Europe and all those men and women who, throughout history, have rejected the fatality of conflicts and committed themselves to breaking down barriers. Today’s real challenge is shaping tomorrow. Will we know how to transform this impulse of fraternity into a reality capable of influencing the future of Europe?”.

Gérard Testard


“There is a great desire to raise our voices together, not to stand on the defensive with our backs to the wall, and not only to react to the miseries that have befallen us in Europe, but to give answers drawn from the Gospel and not only with words, but also concretely, with deeds”.

Walter Heidenreich

FCJG Lüdenscheid

“Europe is enlarging and uniting, and we want to try to take the stimuli that come from God and incarnate them in the reality of our Movements. And we can see that this historic moment has arrived by the fact that the Movements are co-operating. It is my wish that Europe may rediscover its Christian soul, that it be revived through the action of the Holy Spirit. And I would like to be part of this exciting enterprise”.

Pastor Friedrich Aschoff

Geistliche Gemeindeerneuerung in der Evangelischen Kirche

“We feel that this process taking place in Europe, moving towards a communal Europe, is a clear sign of the times. And the signs of the times are voices of God. Christianity should not just be a religious superstructure, but should take over the whole person”.

Fr Michael Marmann

Schönstatt-Bewegung (+ 26 February 2019)

“I believe that there is only one reality to offer: to make God’s love visible again through our lives, as well as by showing our joy, our communion, and this multiplicity of Communities and Movements once again bears witness to the fact that God loves us”.

Frances Ruppert

Cursillos de Cristiandad

“Through our Together we take Jesus to persons. During the upheavals we are going through, we depend on his closeness. In all wounds and rifts we seek Him and his closeness. The Pact of Mutual Love that we make for the love of Jesus constitutes the organic centre of  Together for Europe.”

Thomas Roemer

CVJM München

Some History

Some significant meetings and moments of communion that mark the stages of a shared journey.


Leaders of various Movements and Communities, Catholic and Evangelical, from Italy and Germany arrived in Augsburg (Germany) on the occasion of the historic signing of the “Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification” on 31 October 1999. In the afternoon of the same day, they meet in the nearby Ecumenical Centre in Ottmaring. They experienced a deep communion with each other and felt the urge to start a journey together.


At the ‘Treffen von Verantwortlichen’ (Conference of Leaders) in Rothenburg o.d.T. (Germany) in March, Lutheran Bishop Ulrich Wilckens and Chiara Lubich spoke about the ‘division of Christians as the cause of atheism’ and ‘mutual love as the way to unity’. Then a prophetic event took place: they asked each other forgiveness on behalf of their Church or Movement for past wrongs. It was an act of contrition and mutual forgiveness and reconciliation ensued. Living as reconciled is an important premise for Togetherness.


On the morning of 8 December, 800 leaders of Movements and Communities from different Churches met in Munich in the Evangelical Church of St Matthew. At the spontaneous invitation of Chiara Lubich, Helmut Nicklas and Father Michael Marmann, those present made a pact of mutual love (cf. Jn 13:34). It became the basis for everything that has grown so far on the path of Togetherness. In the afternoon of the same day, around 5,000 members and friends of Communities and Movements gathered in the cathedral and perceived each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.


In order to get to know some Catholic Movements better – in the spirit of the pact made – some Evangelicals from the “Treffen von Verantwortlichen” (Conference of Leaders) set off for Rome. During these meetings, the realisation emerged that there are many Communities and Movements in the European countries. The idea was born: let’s give visibility to this experience of brotherhood lived on the European continent. This is how the network, which was then called Together for Europe, took off.


In June, representatives from Germany and Italy gathered in Berlin (Germany) to give substance to the idea. They took the decision to invite members of Movements and Communities from different Churches throughout Europe for a large meeting in Stuttgart (Germany). Thus began the preparations for the first Together for Europe event. An international ‘Steering Committee’ was spontaneously formed for this purpose.


TheTogether for Europe 2004′ event had two stages. On 6 and 7 May the Congress took place with the theme ‘Discovering spiritual riches together and sharing them’. Around 2,000 people from many countries in Europe participated.

More than 9,000 people from 186 different Communities and Movements gathered in the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle on 8 May. They wanted to make a contribution toward a united Europe, a unity in the multiplicity of cultures and confessions. The Manifestation was broadcasted via satellite all over the world: in 163 parallel events another 100,000 people could follow. This gave rise to the Togetherness of Movements and Communities also in other parts of the world …


At the second event with the title ‘Together for Europe’, again in Stuttgart, the number of Communities and Movements involved rose to 250. The two-day Congress, on 10 and 11 May, took place under the title ‘Together on the way’; the experiences made so far together were reflected upon and the communion between all was strengthened. In the big event on 12 May it was highlighted that the Movements and Communities were committed to the protection of life and creation, to the promotion of the family, to solidarity with the poor, to peace and a fair economy, and that they are ready to take responsibility in society. All this finds expression in the final message through the 7 YESes. As in 2004, parallel demonstrations took place all over Europe…


In December 2007, the first ‘Friends of Together for Europe’ meeting was held for in Castel Gandolfo (Rome). It was attended by the leaders of Movements and Communities that support the ecumenical network or their representatives on a European level. Since then, the meeting has been held every year, in a different country; it serves to strengthen the communion between those responsible, to address current issues and to guide the action of Together for Europe. During the pandemic it was held twice in online mode.


In the meantime, a journey of Togetherness between Communities and Movements has started in many cities. To promote it, the first national events were held in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Northern Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary.

On 9 November, the ‘bases of communion’ were signed in the St. Egidio headquarters in Rome.


A Together for Europe event took place on 12 May in Brussels, near the EU headquarters. In parallel, local meetings and events were held in more than 150 cities in 22 European countries. At the end of the day, with a Live-Streaming everyone was connected to Brussels for a common conclusion; the 2012 Manifesto was read out.


In view of the 500th anniversary of Luther’s Reformation, on 2 July 2016 an event in Munich, entitled ‘Encounter. Reconciliation. Future.”, publicly showed the desire for unity. Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew I sent meaningful messages; testimonies of reconciliation resounded loudly. More than 5,000 people from different European countries were present in the square, and there were more than 7,000 live-streaming locations in 7 languages. Here the final message>

The event was preceded by a Congress (30.6-1.7.) with 1,700 participants from over 200 Movements and Communities from 32 countries. 17 forums and 19 panel discussions reflected upon the burning challenges that Europe is facing today.


On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, a large ecumenical prayer vigil was held in the Basilica of the Holy Apostles in Rome, presided over by Card. Kurt Koch, and attended by David M. Sassoli, the future president of the European Parliament. The strong participation of the people, civil and ecclesiastical personalities provided the backdrop for an intense celebration.

In 56 other European cities, similar moments of prayer were held with solemnity.


A proposal by Dutch and Italian Friends – which emerged the year before during the Friends of Together for Europe meeting in Vienna – took concrete form for the first time: to choose 9 May, Europe Day, as the date on which to publicly express and testify to the ideas and values that motivate our network.

Since then, a wide variety of initiatives have taken place every year around this date in many cities, both in presence and online, at local, national or cross-border level.



20 years after its inception, the leaders of the ecumenical network met where it began, in the Ecumenical Centre in Ottmaring and then in the Augsburg Town Hall. Days of stocktaking and looking forward, of gratitude for the path travelled, of new vision and awareness of important challenges.


Over the years, national committees, now present in 9 European countries, and many local committees have developed.

In this year the ‘Friends of Together for Europe’ meeting took place in Timisoara, Romania, one of Europe’s cultural capitals. For the first time there was a meeting in a country with an Orthodox majority, in a multicultural, multilingual, multi-faith city. The presence of young people, bishops of various Churches and politicians characterised the meeting, which was never before so numerous.

Awards and Acknowledgements

2008 Ecumenical Award

2008 Ecumenical Award

On 15 November 2008, in Stuttgart, the German Association ‘Initiative for Christian Unity’ awarded Together for Europe the 2008 Ecumenical Award. The award was motivated by the fact that the member Communities and Movements of Together for Europe, drawing on Gospel values, influence various areas of society, reawakening the Christian roots of the European continent.

2012 Napolitano Medal

2012 Napolitano Medal

On 12 May 2012, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano awarded the Together for Europe project a commemorative medal as an expression of his appreciation for all the initiatives it has promoted.

2014 St. Ulrich European Prize

The ‘St. Ulrich European Foundation’ awarded Together for Europe the 2014 St. Ulrich European Award in recognition of what it does in building bridges in Europe through Gospel-based initiatives of reconciliation and friendship. The Prize was awarded on 3 May 2014 in the city of Dillingen, Bavaria, Germany.

Patriarca Bartolomeo I

Patriarch Bartholomew I 2016

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I had supported the path of Together for Europe since its inception, expressing his encouragement several times. On the occasion of the large demonstration in the square in Munich on 2 July 2016, he once again wished to be present with a personal video Message>.

David M. Sassoli

David M. Sassoli 2020

In the midst of the pandemic, Together for Europe found a way to commemorate Europe Day by virtually reaching out to many people. Informed of this, the then President of the European Parliament, David M. Sassoli, responded that “political projects also live on spirituality”. See his letter>. At the Ecumenical Vigil of Together for Europe in 2017 he had given this interview>.

Papa Francesco

Pope Francis 2020

Close to Easter 2020 Together for Europe had approached the Bishop of Rome and expressed its appreciation for his appeal to face the pandemic unitedly. The Substitute at the Secretariat of State replied a few days later on behalf of the Pope. The Pope’s esteem for our ecumenical network had already emerged during the great 2016 event in Munich with a video message> Text in English> 

The Steering Committee

The people behind Together for Europe are the leaders of 40 Movements. By mutual agreement, some of them form the ‘Steering Committee’. They preserve and promote the spirit that animates every initiative of Together for Europe.


Members of the current Steering Committee

Membri dell'attuale Comitato d'Orientamento 1
Membri dell'attuale Comitato d'Orientamento
  • Philipp Barthel, CVJM München, Deutschland
  • Martin Bühlmann, Vineyard, Suisse
  • Matthias Bühlmann, Vineyard, Suisse
  • Giuseppe Del Coiro, Comunità Quinta Dimensione, Italia
  • François Delooz, Comunità di Sant’Egidio, Belgique
  • Georges El Hage, Syndesmos, France
  • Johannes Fichtenbauer, European Network of Communities, Österreich
  • Sr. Nicole Grochowina, Christusbruderschaft Selbitz, Deutschland
  • Valerian Grupp, Evangelisches Jugendwerk in Württemberg, Deutschland
  • Sonja Jančikova, European Network of Communities, Slovensko
  • Margaret Karram, Movimento dei Focolari, Italia
  • Walter Kriechbaum, CVJM München, Deutschland
  • Herbert Lauenroth, Movimento dei Focolari, Deutschland
  • Pfr. Matthias Leineweber, Comunità di Sant‘Egidio, Deutschland
  • Jesús Moran, Movimento dei Focolari, Italia
  • P. Raffael Rieger, Schönstatt, Schweiz
  • Thomas Römer, CVJM München, Deutschland
  • Sr. M. Lioba Ruprecht, Schönstatt, Deutschland
  • P. Hans-Martin Samietz, Schönstatt, Deutschland
  • Maria Spesova, European Network of Communities, Slovensko
  • Ilona Toth, Movimento dei Focolari, Hungary
  • Frans Verkaart, Movimento dei Focolari, Nederland
  • Maria Wienken, Movimento dei Focolari, Deutschland


There are more than 300 MOVEMENTS and COMMUNITIES in the various countries that adhere to Together for Europe


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  • Belgique
  • Deutschland
  • England
  • Ireland
  • Europa
  • France
  • Italia
  • Nederland
  • Norge
  • Northern Ireland
  • Österreich
  • Polska
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Schweiz
  • Scotland
  • Slovenija
  • Sverige