Family: School of Mercy

Here you can find extracts from some of the articles found in Women's Voice issue 40.

Editorial, Virginia Rivero Lozada

We present the 40th issue of Women’s Voice dedicated to the Family: School of Mercy. (…) Issue no. 40 of the magazine is full of valu-able contributions for understanding Amoris Laetitia, among which is the speech of H.E. Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, one of the main actors in the work of the Synod on the family (2014 and 2015), in which WUCWO played an active role... continued in Women's Voice

President General's Message, Maria Giovanna Ruggieri

The Exhortation Amoris Laetitia was  offered by Pope Francis on the solemnity of St Joseph. (…) WUCWO feels completely in line with the exhortation since we strongly trust in the ideal of the family as “domestic church”, at the same time we are aware of the human fragility and the weakness of the flesh which create a limit to joy of love lived in a family. Far be it from WUCWO to be tempted to judge and isolate those who may face problems or difficulties, it  wants to work so that the sinner may not die but rather may have life.  Each WUCWO member organization knows its own reality and knows which are the challenges that must be faced in order to reaffirm the centrality of the family in the society as well as in the church... continued in Women's Voice

Mercy Beyond the Limits of the Family, Padre Gerard Whelan

When the bishops of Africa met for the Synod of Africa in 1994 they opted for an understanding of “Church as Family.” First, it is in family that we learn a spirit of free giving, or gratuity. We did not earn the right to be loved by our parents, they just loves us anyway. As they say, home is the place that cannot turn you away, no matter what you have done. Of course, the child learns that good behavior earns rewards and bad behavior earns punishment. However, any healthy family will also communicate that the child is loved anyway. Second, family is a school of forgiveness and forgiveness is an expression of mercy. Third, we can recall that family is the social institution which is unique for how it concerns itself with the needs of the weak. In conclusion, we pray for family life across the world which finds itself under stress in many different ways... continued in Women's Voice


Information from the Secretary General, Maria Lia Zervino, Servidora

It was in 1910 when Madame de Vélard, President of the Patriotic League of French Women (today Action Catholique des Femmes), suggested uniting the leagues of Catholic women throughout the world. She said: “We have met because we want to expand our horizons…daughters humbly obedient to the Church;…we have felt we must work to realise the union of all Catholic women throughout the world…”. And article 1 of the first Statute had as its objective: “work to maintain Faith, defend religious liberties and organise Catholic social action in a spirit of full and constant submission to the ordinances of the Sovereign Pontiff. True to its roots, WUCWO humbly wishes to follow Peter’s Successor, uniting Catholic women across the world, so as to maintain faith in the Church and promote its teachings, ENCARNANDO CON ROSTRO FEMENINO the guidelines Pope Francis has laid out in his rich, theological and pastoral teachings: Lumen Fidei, Evangelii Gaudium, Laudato Si and Amoris Laetitia. Rome is a spectacular ‘soundboard’ for the Pontificate of His Holiness and allows WUCWO to stay connected with the dicasteries, news and projects within the ‘heart of the Church’, so as to be able to serve through the experience of its nearly 100 member organisations and its work at the international forums... continued in Women's Voice


Amoris Laetitia, Papal Exhortation on Love in the Family, Mónica Santamarina de Robles

(…)For the Holy Father, this document, announcing the joy of love in families, takes on a special significance in this Year of Mercy, because it is a proposal to encourage Christian families to value gifts of marriage and family, and to support a strong love full of values. Furthermore, it seeks to encourage everyone to be a sign of mercy when family life is not going perfectly to plan or developing with as it should with peace and joy. (…) We must know the Exhortation, put it into practice and share its contents... continued in Women's Voice

Jubilee of Mercy : A Plan for living as a Family, Anne Girault

This statement is interesting because it comes from the idea that the family is a place of learning and that mercy is an important aim of said learning. As Catholic women of the 21st century who follow Christ, and who look to Mary as a guide, we are aware of the role at the head of the family. In deciding to grow up between Mary and Joseph, Jesus showed us the importance of the family with regards to education of children. We all have a family. We know well that the family is the place where the human being is born, lives and develops. (…) In conclusion, those families who wish to be schools of mercy will always have a teacher at their disposition: Jesus himself! Like the women who announced and spread the good news of the resurrection, let us be the messengers of Mercy! ... continued in Women's Voice


Family, First School of Mercy, Marie Madeleine Mwifi Bodibatu

Man is a social being, created to live with and for others. This is what gave joy to Adam; seeing Eve at his side. Thus, the family was founded, the first community of human life. (…)Living for well-being of others, doing something that could do something good for your husband, your wife, your children, your brothers and sisters, for friends throughout the world who are in crisis of love, joy (smiling), peace, mercy…this is the happiness of the family, so if you think that you can do something to contribute to the happiness of a third party and you have the power to do so, do it, don’t hesitate. Compassion is the pain of seeing the misery of God’s children deprived of the bare minimum to live. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the streets are full of such children... continued in Women's Voice


Information from the WUCWO Asía-Pacífic Region, Catherine McGrath

WUCWO Asia Pacific Region Conference was held from 1-6 May, 2016 with the theme “In Hope and Mercy we meet in God’s Love”.  The setting for this Conference was the Novotel Hotel Lami Bay, in the capital city of Suva, in the idyllic Fijian Islands in the Pacific Ocean. (…) I sincerely thank all CWL Fiji members for all their efforts in making this Conference such a great success and the empowerment of women over the period of the Conference. Thank you to the Women of the Asia Pacific Region for their interest in promoting WUCWO in our part of the world... continued in Women's Voice

Celebration of the World Day of Ecumenical Prayer in Senegal, Jeanne-Yansunnu Diokh

The first part took place in Dakar Cathedral in the hall of fire Cardinal Hyacinthe Thiandoum, former chaplain of the Movement. The theme was: "Whoever welcomes a child welcomes me"... continued in Women's Voice

Access to Drinking Water in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pascal Tornay

The people of Bulape suffer a lot due to scarce access to drinking water in spite of an abundance of underground resources. The members of the Vie&Foi committee have personally supported drinking water projects from LIZIBA Suisse, a small Christian association from Vollèges (Switzerland), working in this field since 2012... continued in Women's Voice