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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.
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...
"Holy See to UN: No Need to Reinvent the Wheel; Family Is Solution to Poverty"Click here
COMECE european election statement
Pope's Message for World Youth DayClick here
Monthly message, April 2014
Key Word: Dialogue
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”.
Monthly message, march 2014
Key Word: Human ecology
Art and Meditation - March 7th, 2014
Memorial of St. Perpetua and Felicitas
Wucwo day of prayer
May 13th 2014
Prepared by the African Region
Theme: Truth in action-speaking the truth in love (eph 4:15)
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
The pope writes a letter to families asking them to pray for the next synod
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”.
Archbishop reacts to UN report
Womens, seeds of hope
Interview of the Secretary General on Radio Vatican
Click here to listen the interview and read the synthesis (only in Spanish)
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.
Monthly message - February 2014
WUCWO 2014 Fatima Assembly
Click here to sign the letter : http://www.callformercy.
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.
Monthly Message January
Art for meditation
January 1st , 2014 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.Click here
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
FAO: Report from the representative of the WUCWO
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.
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”.
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.
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.
The Holy See at the 37th session of the General Conference
"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.
FRANCIS CONVENES EXTRAORDINARY SYNOD ON THE FAMILY FOR OCTOBER 2014
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”.
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."
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.