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WUCWO Newsletter May Issue 2015

Board Meeting in Rome

Visit to Dicasteria

Masses with Cardinal Parolin and Cardinal Baldisseri

President General in Greece

Women in the Church

International Conference organised by Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, WUCWO and WWALF: "Women and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: The Challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals"

Please click here to see the programme for the International Conference to be held on the 22nd-24th May



Christian commitment against human trafficking: a joint document of Caritas Internationalis and the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People

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CSW 59 Beijing+20

The CSW 59 +20 Beijing  is seeing some WUCWO women present at UN Headquarters in New York  from 9th to 20th March 2015 to reflect, discuss and contribute to the themes at issue referred to in the implementation of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.


Meeting with Secretary for Relations with States 


Saturday March 7th the President General together with the Ecclesiastical Assistant and the Secretary General met H.E.M.R.  Mgr Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State. We were given words on encouragement for our commitment in the international fora to offer our specific service in a spirit of collaboration. 


International Women’s Day                                                                                                  

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day the President General was invited to participate in an event at the Vatican, Casina San Pio, where women from different parts of the world shared their voices as witnesses of the commitments taken on, as women of faith, in the “peripheries” where suffering is a daily experience.





2nd Anniversary of Pontificate                                                                                  

Holy Father Francis: Happy Anniversary

WUCWO gives thanks to God for your Pontificate and prays for you.  


International Women's Day

On the occassion of International Women's Day taking place on the 8th March, WUCWO has co-signed a Declaration "Women of the Wolrd" to be presented by PCF

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Florine Camara Sarre

On February 12, 2015 Mrs. Florine Camara Sarre, a member of the Council of the UMOFC, was awarded, along with other religious leaders, the National Merit Medal by the President of the Republic of Mali.
The Catholic Church in Mali and more specifically the Association Nationale des Femmes Mali Catholiques thank the Lord



Turn a Light On Against Human Trafficking




President General Maria Giovanna Ruggieri and Secretary General of FIAC, Maria Grazia Tibaldi have written an article regarding the International Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking.

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International Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking

We invite everyone to join us in this day of prayer against trafficking in human beings.

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International Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking

Sunday February 8th it is the international day of prayer against human trafficking. All communities, parishes, and groups are invited to join, organize  and share such moment!

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Pope Francis to families: be examples of holiness, prayer

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General Assembly 2014

Art and Meditation

January 21st 2015 - Memorial of St Agnes                                                                                                    

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Our Ecclesiastical Assistant, Fr. Gerry Whelan, wrote an introductory chapter for a book on Evangelii Gaudium published by Professors of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. This book was distributed to each bishop attending the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, held in November. Then, to the surprise of the authors, Pope Francis invited them to visit him so that he could thank them. They did this on December 4th, 2014 and the Pope sat for an hour with them discussing theology. Attached is the English translation (from Italian) of the article that Fr. Gerry contributed.

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Religious leaders resolve “to work for the freedom of all those who are enslaved and trafficked”

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Art and Meditation

December 4th 2014 - Memorial of St Barbara

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Protection of the family and its members

Statement at the 27th Regular Session ok the UN Human Rights Council (September 2014)

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UCC-APC is featuring one of our 10 recipients of our Hetman Awards for 2014. Gala is October 18, 2014

Вітаємо Любо!
Luba Kowalchyk

Luba was born on March 6, 1954 and is married to Fr. Michael Kowalchyk. Their family consists of two children Walter (Danielle), Andrew (Wanda), and grandchildren, Kristine, Larissa, Maxim, Zoryanna and Victoria. In 1987, Luba graduated from NAIT, Business Department , majoring in Administrative Management and Accounting. Her employment included 1988 - 1993 Executive Director of Ukrainian Canadian Social Services. During her time with Ukrainian Canadian Social Service, Luba was responsible for initiating resettlement of Ukrainian refugees from former Yugoslavia. More then 150 families fourth generation of Ukrainian descent fled the prosecution in their homeland and settled in Edmonton. From 1993 to the present date Luba has been the Manager of Meest for Western Canada.
Inclusive of her dedicated work provincially and nationally with UCWLC, Luba is the founder and Manger of “Bridge of Hope” a charitable arm of the Edmonton Eparchy, sponsorship of needy and orphaned children in Ukraine though the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate (SSMI) in Ukraine.

Click here to see the page of Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Alberta Provincial Council (UCC-APC)



Extraordinary Synod of the Family

We are delighted to note that the member of our Board from South Korea, Dr. Helen Kyung Soo Kwon will be serving as an advisor to this Extraordinay Synod. Also present will be Jeanette Touré, President of our member organisation from the Cote d'Ivoire and a candidate for the Board and the Past President of our member organisation from Italy and his wife Francesco Miano and Giuseppina De Simone

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Monthly Message September

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World   Day of Peace (January 1st)

"Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters" will be the title of the Message for the 48th World Day of Peace, the second of the papacy of Pope Francis.

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Pontifical Council speaks out against terror in name of religion

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Iraqi Yazidi MP: We Are Being Butchered Under the Banner of 'There is No God But Allah'

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Paris: The cry of Iraq's Christians Heard in Front of Notre Dame Cathedral
"We are all Nazarenes," hundreds chant at protest.

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The Syrian Monastery of Mar Behnam in the hands of the militia of the "Islamic Caliphate"

While in Iraq many Christians are obliged to leave their houses, belongings  and go away, there is in the world a “disturbing passivity due to what is happening in that area”.

Let’s continue praying for those persecuted people  and for all situations of tension and conflicts in the world.

“May the God of peace arouse in all an authentic desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence cannot be overcome with violence. Violence is overcome with peace” (Pope Francis Angelus July 20th)

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Appeal for Peace in the Holy Land

Last Sunday during Angelus Pope Francis asked everybody to continue praying for peace in the Holy Land.

Let’s answer strongly  to this request participating in groups or personally  so that the Holy Land may finally see people living in mutual respect and peace.

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International Migrants Day - 14/12/2014

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Council of Europe June 2014 report

 The third 2014 session of the Council of Europe took place from 22nd to 26th of June in Strasbourg, France.

Part one : Activities of the PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe)

Part two : A Selection of Documents

Part Three : COING (Conference of international NGO) Activities

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United Nations: Reports from the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations - CSW 58

Maribeth Stewart, Joan Triulzi and Anne Manice

Maureen Meatcher

Jane Munro

Sister Vincent

 I’d like to tell you about a lady who as a nurse/midwife/manager has worked in Kenya for 27 years, she is known to her patients and staff as simply: ‘Sister Vincent’.

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Actions of the WUCWO's NGOs


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Church as defender of immigrants and refugees

Keynote Address by His Eminence Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa and President of Caritas Internationalis at the National Migration Conference, Washington D.C.,July 7, 2014

Thank you for the introduction and the warm welcome and thank you for this wonderful invitation to talk about something which affects us all – migration...

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WUCWO Summary Report

Concerning the Questionnaire Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelisation

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WUCWO Declaration on the Family

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The European Court reaffirms the right to autonomy of religious organisations

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For the first time a Woman appointed rector of a Pontifical University

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A young Palestinian kidnapped and killed

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Council of Europe 2014 report

The second 2014 session of the Council of Europe took place from 7th to 11th of April in Strasbourg, France.

Part one : Activities of the PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe)

Part two : A Selection of Documents

Part Three : COING (Conference of international NGO) Activities

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One minute for peace

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Radio Vaticana: WUCWO Aminute for Peace: together with Pope Francis

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The role of the woman in combating poverty

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NIGERIA: Church Declares One-Month Prayer for Abducted Girls

St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Akwanga, Nasarawa State, on Sunday, May 4 announced a special prayer for the freedom of more than 200 school girls abducted in Chibok, Borno.

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Luba Kowalcyk, Board Member from Canada, offers hope for girls on street in Ukraine


UNICEF estimates that there are 150,000 homeless children in Ukraine, making the country a prime target for human traffickers. Many girls in Ukraine end up in poverty, with little or no education, suffering from malnutrition, inadequate medical care or a lack of housing.

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The bells will cheerfully ring

Article by Anne Girault

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From "the ends of the earth"

Article by Brenda Finlayson

With thanks to the Holy Spirit, it is appropriate to appreciate the wonder of the gifts of two specific papal conclaves  in the 20th Century. One was when Angelo Guiseppe Roncalli (John XXIII) was elected Supreme Pontiff in October 1958, and another just twenty years later when Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II) assumed this mantle.

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Itinerary for young people on affectivity in the light of the beatitudes

To love and to be loved. This is our dream, the most profound desire of every person. For this dream to come true, we have to transform it into a project which we have to work on day after day.

What we are proposing is an itinerary to help you discern this project of love for your life, which shows you the way while helping you to keep your feet to the ground. This project encompasses all your everyday activities and relations and requires that you keep your eyes and heart fixed on high towards heaven, towards a light which can guide you on your way even in dark moments.

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John XXIII and John-Paul II, two new Saints

Mónica Santamarina de Robles

Vice-President General and Vice-President for Latin America and the Carribean of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO)

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Pope John XXIII speech to the WUCWO representatives

Wednesday, May the 3rd of 1961

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Pope and the Youth

An interview showing Pope Francis answering questions from a group of Belgian young people has been broadcast on the nation’s public Flemish TV station, VRT. The young people, who were accompanied by Bishop Lucas Van Looy of Ghent, put their questions to the Pope in English and he replied in Italian. Their meeting was filmed on March 31st inside the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

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Pope Francis' speech about the marriage

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning.

Today we conclude the series of catecheses on the Sacraments by speaking about Matrimony. This Sacrament leads us to the heart of God’s design, which is a plan for a Covenant with his people, with us all, a plan for communion...

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"Holy See to UN: No Need to Reinvent the Wheel; Family Is Solution to Poverty"

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COMECE european election statement


The Catholic Bishops of Europe publish today a Statement in view of the upcoming European elections. In this text, they reaffirm their support for the European project. They encourage all citizens of the European Union to go to the polling booths on the 22nd and 25th May, and to start engaging, during the run-up to the election, in constructive dialogue with their MEP’s and those who are candidates for seats. At the same time, COMECE invites the Bishops’ conferences in the EU, to adopt this text, either by using it as an Election Statement as such or as an inspiration for their own election statements.

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Pope's Message for World Youth Day

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The Pope urges action against human trafficking

Vatican City, 5 March 2014 (VIS) – Pope Francis has sent a message to the faithful in Brazil on the occasion of the annual Lenten “Fraternity Campaign”, which this year takes on the theme of “Brotherhood and human trafficking”, and whose slogan will be “For freedom Christ has set us free”.

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Report by Anne Girault, WUCWO representative at the council of Europe

Part one: Activities of the PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe)

Part two: A Selection of Documents

Part three: COING (Conference of international NGO)  Activities - WUCWO Activities

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The pope writes a letter to families asking them to pray for the next synod

“Dear families,

With this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”.

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Archbishop reacts to UN report


Womens, seeds of hope

Interview of the Secretary General on Radio Vatican

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Pope Francis met The Italian Women’s Centre

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis earlier today met with participants at a national conference sponsored by the Italian Women’s Centre, which is due to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its foundation in October of this year.

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WUCWO 2014 Fatima Assembly

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Asia Bibi

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Mary is our paradigm as a woman of hope

WUCWO’s Secretary General and the Jesuit Guillermo Ortiz, present a new program at Radio Vaticana dedicated to the role of women today.

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An evening focused on the WUCWO Conference in Amman

On December 5th the FIAC organised an evening focused on the WUCWO Conference in Amman at the pastoral centre of Nazareth with the active contribution of all the participants of Galilee; there were 250 people. It has been very nice.


Chain of Masses 2014

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FAO: Report from the representative of the WUCWO

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Sr Eugenia Bonetti wins EU award for anti-trafficking work

Italian Consolata Sister Eugenia Bonetti, a driving force in the fight against trafficking and prostitution, was among the recipients of the European Citizen’s Prize 2013. The annual award was launched by the European Parliament in 2008 to recognise exceptional achievements by individual citizens or groups who facilitate cross-border cooperation within the EU or promote better mutual understanding between citizens and member states. It can also be awarded for day-to-day activities reflecting the values enshrined in the EU's charter of fundamental rights.

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Pope Francis: hunger is a scandal

Pope Francis on Wednesday spoke out against the scourge of hunger saying that “the scandal that millions of people suffer from hunger must not paralyze us, but push each and every one of us to act: singles, families, communities, institutions, governments, to eliminate this injustice”.

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Pope Francis: no in the feigned brotherhood, in the false secularism and in the unique thought

In front of the Plenary meeting of the Papal Council(Advise) for the Interreligious Dialogue (in November 28th), the Pope calls back(reminds) the rules(rulers) of the dialogue with the other religions and with the State.

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Pope Francis: appeal for religious liberty in Middle East

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A big heart open to God : Pope's interview



Women of Wucwo, Sowers of Hope, Fr. Gerard Whelan SJ

The theme of the General Assembly of WUCWO in 2014 is “Women of WUCWO, Sowers of Hope.” This prompts me to reflect about just what hope is. For most of this reflection I turn to comments made by Pope Francis who speaks often on this theme. I see his comments as falling into two categories: first, that hope is a “theological virtue”; second, that hope in the next world involves a commitment to action in this one. To complete these reflections, I turn to Vatican II and explore what Our Lady teaches us about hope.

Read his powerpoint presentation about hope and his pdf text

The Holy See at the 37th session of the General Conference

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"Immigrants are not problems – they are persons, made in image and likeness of God"

Archbishop Thomas Wenski's key note address to World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations meeting in Ft. Lauderdale. September 30, 2013.

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Vatican City, 8 October 2013 (VIS) – The Holy See Press Office today announced that Holy Father Francis has convened the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held in the Vatican from 5 to 19 October 2014, on the theme “The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelisation”.

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Pope invited to pray unceasingly for peace in Syria, Lebanon and the Middle East

Francis makes this call in the homily of Santa Marta

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Statement of Catholic-Inspired Organizations on Decent Work and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

As a contribution to the discussion of the post-2015 development framework, we, Catholic inspired organizations, re-affirm that the most effective route out of poverty and the ongoing global economic crisis is closely linked to the promotion of decent work and support for adequate social protection… To read more click here

Welcoming the Stranger: Affirmations for Faith Leaders

The Permanent Mission of the Holy See in Geneva, Caritas lnternationalis, the International Catholic Migration Commission, and Jesuit Refugee Service jointly present for your consideration and action the document "Welcoming the Stranger: Affirmations for Faith Leaders."

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XX Anniversary of the International Year of the Family

WUCWO has sponsored a Declaration of the Civil Society on the Occasion of the XXth Anniversary of the International year of the Family (IYF) which will take place in 2014. The aim is that its contents become a part of a resolution adopted by the United Nations on the occasion of this anniversary. Politicians, academics, representatives of NGOs as well as individual citizens the world over are invited to sign it.

More information about the declaration and an online form to sign it can be found at http://www.family2014.org/declaration.php.

Summary of international activities carried out during 2013

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