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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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Monthly message, April 2014

Key Word: Dialogue

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March 13th 2014

Today we celebrate the 1st anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. Let's continue accompanying him with our prayers

Maria Giovanna Ruggieri

WUCWO President General


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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Monthly message, march 2014

Key Word: Human ecology

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Art and Meditation - March 7th, 2014

Memorial of St. Perpetua and Felicitas

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Wucwo day of prayer


May 13th 2014

Prepared by the African Region

Theme: Truth in action-speaking the truth in love (eph 4:15)

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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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Monthly message - February 2014

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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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Monthly Message January

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Art for meditation

January 1st , 2014 Solemnity of  Mary, Mother of God.

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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.

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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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