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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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Art for meditation

June 22nd, 2014 - Memorial of Saint Mary Magdelene

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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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Monthly Message

July 2014

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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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Monthly Message

June 2014

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Art for meditation

June 16th, 2014 - Memorial of Saint Lutgard

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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

CHRIS MILLER - WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

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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Monthly Message

May 2014

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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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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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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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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

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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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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”.

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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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