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Board Members

Board Assisi

Monica Santamarina
President General

Mónica Santamarina

Isabella Park
Vice President General         

Isabella Eunyoung Park

Treasurer General                 

Myriam García Abrisqueta

Lavinia Rocchi Carrera
Secretary General

Lavinia Rocchi Carrera

Padre Marcelo Gidi Thumala SJ
Ecclesiastical Assistant

Father Marcelo Gidi Thumala, SJ

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María Isabel Giménez Díaz

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Karen De Sousa


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Marie Salome Ngo Bibout Epse Biongla


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Barbara Dowding

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Mercedes Padrón Prada

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Doris Makhubu


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Cecilia Asobayire


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Titi Kamano


Csehné Vadnai Bori

Borbala Csehne Vadnai


Juliet Ramamurthy

Juliet Ramamurthy

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Justina Rostiawati


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Lucy Joceylin Vokhiwa


Therese Arama

Thérèse Arama Somboro

Lourdes Espinoza

María de Lourdes Espinoza Rosas


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Mary Asibi Gonsum


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Clarita Adalem


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Beatrice Tavares Da Souza


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Veronica Malan-Lebona


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Susana Fernández Guisasola


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Evaline Malisa Ntenga

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Florence Namatta Mawejje

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Maureen Meatcher


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Esohe Maria Asemota

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María García De Fleury

International Organisations

ACISJF (International Catholic Association for Girls)



Executive Committee

Monica Santamarina
President General

Mónica Santamarina

Isabella Park
Vice President General 

Isabella Eunyoung Park

 Lavinia Rocchi Carrera
Secretary General 

Lavinia Rocchi Carrera

Treasurer General

Myriam García Abrisqueta

 Padre Marcelo Gidi Thumala SJ
Ecclesiastical Assistant

Father Marcelo Gidi Thumala, SJ

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Regional Vice President Africa

Evaline Malisa Ntenga

Juliet Ramamurthy
Regional Vice President Asia-Pacific

Juliet Ramamurthy

Csehné Vadnai Bori
Regional Vice President Europe

Borbala Csehne Vadnai

Lourdes Espinoza
Regional Vice President Latin America and the Caribbean

María de Lourdes Espinoza Rosas

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Regional Vice President North America

Barbara Dowding


About Us

The World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) was founded in 1910 and now represents nearly 100 Catholic women’s organisations worldwide, active in around 50 countries including all continents and some island states, representing more than eight (8) million Catholic women of every walk of life. WUCWO’s aim is to promote the presence, participation and co-responsibility of Catholic women in society and the Church, in order to enable them to fulfil their mission of evangelisation and to work for human development, particularly in increasing educational opportunities, poverty reduction and the advancement of human rights beginning with the fundamental right to life.



The WUCWO logo was created by a world renowned Mexican painter, Alejandro Rangel Hidalgo.

It depicts the following symbols:

The World: The place where the Christian acts and works so that the Evangelical values are lived: Peace, Justice, Solidarity, Mercy, Love.

The two hands of women, one white and another of color: The presence of the faith-filled woman contributing “Feminine Genius” to construct a more human world.

The dove with the olive branch: The peace that the world needs.

The Cross and the Crown: Jesus invites us to construct the Kingdom, bringing God to earth.

The WUCWO logo has in itself all the elements of WUCWO’s Mission: “To promote the presence, participation and coresponsibility of Catholic Women in Society and the Church in order to enable them to fulfill their Mission of Evangelization and to work for Human Development.”

WUCWO Secretariat


The Secretariat shall constitute the permanent working organ of WUCWO. It shall be organised in accordance with the requirements of the work of WUCWO, and it shall execute, under the direction of the officers of WUCWO, the decisions of the Assembly and the Board.

The Secretariat is here to help and support you. Never hesitate to ask about anything, we will always try to help!

Please note:

The Secretariat needs to be informed, preferably by e-mail, of any change of address, contact numbers and names of officers in organizations.


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Lavinia Rocchi Carrera

Virginia Pastor Bayo

Maria Bruno

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International Representatives

United Nations New York

Maribeth Stewart Blogoslawski


Adela González

United Nations Geneva

Adelina Viteri

FAO Rome

Maria Angela Giorgi

Council of Europe Strasbourg

Maureen Meatcher

North America


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The Catholic Women's League of Canada

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Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada

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Sisters of Providence

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United States of America

Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary

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National Council of Catholic Women

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Latin America and the Caribbean


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Acción Católica Argentina

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Asociación Argentina de Cultura

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Asociación Civil Presente


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Liga de Madres de Familia

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Misiones Rurales Argentinas

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Grupo de Mujeres de Holguin

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Movimiento Diocesano de Mujeres Católicas

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Asociación Damas Católicas


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Asociación Mexicana para la Superación Integral de la Familia. A.C (AMSIF)

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Unión Femenina Católica Mexicana

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Acción Católica de Venezuela

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Fundación para los Derechos de la Mujer Latinoamericana (FUNDEMUL)

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Katholische Frauenbewegung Österreichs  K.F.B.O.

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Czech Republic

Union Katolischer Frauen (UKZ)

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Action Catholique des Femmes (ACF)

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Femina Europa

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Katolische Frauengemeinschaft Deutschlands (KFD)

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Katolischer Deutscher Frauenbund (KDFB)

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Verein Katolischer Deutscher Lehrerinnen (VKDL)

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Association of Greek Catholic Women

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KALÁSZ - Association of Catholic Women and Girls

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Azione Cattolica Italiana

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ACLI - Associazioni Cristiane Lavoratori Italiani

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Casa de Procura del Instituto de Hermanas de la Sagrada Familia de Urgell

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Centro Italiano Femminile

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Convegni di Cultura Beata Maria Cristina di Savoia



Movimento Nazionale Donne UCID (Unione Cristiana Imprenditori Dirigenti)

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Catholic Action, Women's Branch

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Netwerk Katholieke Vrouwen (NKV)

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Catholic Women Association of Poland (PZKK)

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Slovak Republic

Slovak Catholic Union

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Acción Católica General de Adultos de España

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Adoración Nocturna Femenina de España

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Asociación Católica de Propagandistas

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Manos Unidas

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Schweizerischer Katolischer Frauenbunf (SKF)

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Unione Femminile Cattolica Ticinese 

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United Kingdom

Catholic Women's League of England and Wales

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Catholic Women Organisation Aberdeen

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Federation of Polish Catholic Women's Organizations Abroad

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National Board of Catholic Women

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Pencils for all

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The Association of Catholic Women

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Union of Catholic Mothers

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International Organisations 


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Association Mondiale des Anciennes du Sacré-Cœur (AMASC)

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Société des Filles du Cœur de Marie (SFCM)

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Catholic Women's League Australia

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Fiji Islands

Catholic Women's League Fiji

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Council of Catholic Women of India

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Wanita Katolik Republik Indonesia

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The National Catholic Women's League of Japan

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The Pastoral Woman’s Committee 

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New Zealand

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Catholic Women's League Philippines

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South Korea

Catholic Women's Organizations of Korea

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Catholic Women's League of Tonga

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Association des Femmes Catholiques du Burundi

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Association Ekoan Maria

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Association des Dames Apostoliques du Cameroun (ADAC)

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Catholic Women's Association (CWA)

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Ligue des Femmes Catholiques

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Branche Féminine Bondeko

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Collectif Alpha Ujuvi


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Côte d'Ivoire

Association des Femmes de l'Église Catholique de Côte d'Ivoire

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Council of Catholic Women (CCW)

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Association des Femmes Catholiques du Gabon

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National Catholic Women's Association (NCWA)


National Council of Catholic Women of Ghana (NCCW)

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Association des Femmes Catholiques de l'Archidiocèse de Conakry (ADFCAC)

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The Kenya National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW)

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National Council of Catholic Women of Liberia (NCCWO)

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Union Nationales des Organisations Féminines Catholiques à Madagascar

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Catholic Women's Association (CWA)

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Association des Femmes Catholiques du Mali

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Namibian Catholic Women's Movement

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Ladies of St. Mulumba

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Catholic Women Organisation Nigeria (CWON)

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National Confraternity of Catholic Christian Mothers

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The Ladies Auxiliary of Knights of St. John International (LSJI)

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Zumunta Mata Katolika, Nigeria (ZMKN)

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Association Entraide des Femmes Catholiques du Sénégal (AEFCS)

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Coordination des Unions Diocésaines des Associations Féminines Catholiques du Sénégal (CUDAFCS)

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Mouvement des Femmes Catholiques du Sénégal

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South Africa

Catholic Women's League (CWLSA)

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St. Anne Sodality

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Wanawake Wakatoliki Tanzania (WAWATA)

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Féderation des Organisations Féminines Catholiques de Togo (FOFCATO)

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Uganda Catholic Women's Organisation

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National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW)

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WUCWO Presidents

Histoire Couverture


2023-Present Mónica Santamarina (Mexico)

2018-2023 María Lía Zervino, Servidora (Argentina)

2010-2018 Maria Giovanna Ruggieri (Italy)

2006-2010 Karen M. Hurley (U.S.A.)

1996-2006 Maria Eugenia Díaz de Pfennich (Mexico)

1987-1996 Marie-Thérèse van Heteren-Hogenhuis (Netherlands)

1983-1987 Eleanor E. Aitken (Canada)

1974-1983 Elizabeth Lovatt-Dolan (Ireland)

1961-1974 María del Pilar Bellosillo (Spain)

1952-1961 Marie du Rostu (France)

1922-1952 Mrs. Steenberghe - Engeringh (Netherlands)

1913-1922 Countess Vodzicka (Poland) First International President

1913 Margaret Fletcher (England) Elected to prepare the following Council

1912 Countess Zicky - Metternich (Austria) Elected to prepare the following Council

1911 Marchioness de Unza del Valle (Spain) Elected to prepare the following Council

1910 Viscountess de Vélard (France) Founder and leader


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WUCWO's aim is to promote the presence, participation and co-responsibility of Catholic women in society and the Church, in order to enable them to fulfil their mission of evangelisation and to work for human development.

General Information

The World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) was founded in 1910 and now represents nearly 100 Catholic women’s organisations worldwide, active in around 50 countries including all continents and some island states, counting on around eight (8) million Catholic women of every walk of life. WUCWO’s aim is to promote the presence, participation and co-responsibility of Catholic women in society and the Church, in order to enable them to fulfil their mission of evangelisation and to work for human development, particularly in increasing educational opportunities, poverty reduction and the advancement of human rights beginning with the fundamental right to life.

In 2006, WUCWO was erected by the Holy See as a Public International Association of the Faithful. This canonical status honours the efforts of Catholic women active in our Union at the parish, diocesan, national and international levels.

WUCWO unites Catholic women in the world to give them a voice on the international platform. Since their inception, WUCWO has held Consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Human Rights Council (Geneva), the FAO (Rome), participatory status at the Council of Europe (Strasbourg), and is an official partner of UNESCO (Paris).

WUCWO examines the critical issues that have an impact on the lives of women internationally and promotes the dignity of every human being.

WUCWO coordinates the activities of Catholic women's organisations worldwide, serving as a necessary link between them and the network of international organizations and faith communities.

Through them, WUCWO helps train those who are without resources or opportunities, provides victims of violence and poverty a means of subsistence for them and their children and helps enable them to fulfill their mission of evangelisation and to work for human development.

WUCWO’s principal areas of activity are:

• Promote the formation of women in order for them to face contemporary challenges
• Foster awareness and respect of cultural diversity
• Promote and coordinate the activities of Member Organisations at the international level and represent them in international bodies
• Network with other international organisations and faith communities for the respect of human rights, especially those of women
• Encourage ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.


About Us

The World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) was founded in 1910 and now represents nearly 100 Catholic women’s organisations worldwide, active in around 50 countries including all continents and some island states, representing more than eight (8) million Catholic women of every walk of life. WUCWO’s aim is to promote the presence, participation and co-responsibility of Catholic women in society and the Church, in order to enable them to fulfil their mission of evangelisation and to work for human development, particularly in increasing educational opportunities, poverty reduction and the advancement of human rights beginning with the fundamental right to life.





The former Global Catholic Climate Movement, today Laudato si' Movement, works within the Catholic Church to better care for our common home. The founding document is Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change and ecology, Laudato si’ which is a compelling call to take urgent action against the injustice of climate change and the ecological crisis, to protect the poor and future generations. WUCWO has joined GCCM’s global campaign of divestment from fossil fuels, participates with the GCCM in the Laudato si' Action Platform and takes part in the Laudato si' Animators program.




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The Forum is a place of encounter and exchange of Catholic NGO’s that usually work at the international level with status in international agencies. It is a social observatory that strengthens the Catholic voice and advocacy in the public international debate. WUCWO is co-facilitator of the Family thematic Group within the international Forum.





COATNET is a global network of Christian organisations working to combat human trafficking and assist survivors of modern slavery. The network, coordinated by Caritas Internationalis, links over 45 Christian organisations from 39 countries, and cooperates with other faith and civil society organisations worldwide. Together with Caritas Internationalis and Talitha Kum, WUCWO is involved in the "Bakhita Project" with its local organisations in Malawi, Eswatini and South Africa. 





Talitha Kum, the worldwide network of consecrated life committed against trafficking in persons, is responsible for the coordination of the group of partner organisations that prepare the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking (IDPHT).  The organizations involved are: Congregation for Consecrated Life, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, the Vatican Academy of Sciences, Caritas International (CI), the World Union of Catholic Women Organisations (WUCWO) and the workgroup against trafficking of the Committee for Justice and peace of the UISG / USG (ATWG). WUCWO is represented by its former President General, Maria Giovanna Ruggieri, as one of the co-founding members of the Committee.

The four resolutions adopted at the General Assembly in Dakar

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1 - A HEALTHY PLANET DEPENDS ON ALL OF US. In accordance with the whole Magisterium and in particular with the Encyclical Laudato Si

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Final Declaration: WUCWO's General Assembly, Senegal 2018

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Read below the Final Declaration made by our General Vice President, Maribeth Stewart Blogoslawski, on the last day of our General Assembly in Senegal. 

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​WUCWO's new Priority for the period 2018-2022

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WUCWO Women called to Holiness to sanctify the World for a Holistic Development​, is​ WUCWO's Priority for the period 2018-2022, ​chosen at the General Assembly held in Senegal from 15 to 22 October 2018.

New WUCWO Board, Executive and International Representatives

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We are glad to present the new members of the WUCWO Board, of the Executive Committee and the International Representatives, which were ratified by the WUCWO General Assembly 2018 in Senegal.


General Assembly in the local media

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Yesterday, Tuesday October 9th, a press conference was held in Dakar, Senegal, with local and ecclesiastical media in order to communicate all the information related to the upcoming General Assembly.

Check out the official programme of WUCWO General Assembly

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October 15, the opening day of WUCWO General Assembly, is just a few weeks away. Get ready for this extraordinary event by checking the official programme of the GA.

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Zahra Iyane Thiam DiopSENEGAL will welcome us with Madame Zahra Iyane Thiam Diop, Minister Counsellor to the President of the Republic and with a long history of working with Muslim and Catholic women to promote peace and development in the democratic social fabric.

Linda GhisoniThe HOLY SEE will be represented by Dr. Linda Ghisoni, Undersecretary of the Lay Sector of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, one of the most senior women recently appointed by Pope Francis in the structure of the Vatican Curia.

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Deadline for registration to the GA has been extended!

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The most important WUCWO event, the General Assembly, is about to take place. Senegal is waiting for us!

Please be informed that the deadline for registering to WUCWO General Assembly has been extended until June 1st, 2018.

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WUCWO General Assembly presented to the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

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WUCWO President General, Maria Giovanna Ruggieri, the Ecclesiastical Assistant, Father Gerard Whelan, SJ and the Secretary General, María Lia Zervino, Servidora, were received on April 11 from the Under Secretary for the Laity, Dr. Linda Ghisoni, and the Under Secretary for Life, Dr. Gabriella Gambino, together with Grazia Villani.

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The countdown to the registration has already started!

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The countdown to the registration has already started and we have less than a month to register for it. Deadline: May 1, 2018.

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Senegal welcomes us with a new airport

The General Assembly in Dakar, from 15 to 22 October 2018, will welcome its participants with a splendid airport recently inaugurated by the President of Senegal, His Excellency Macky Sall.

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Registration for Assembly 2018 is open


There are less than 8 months left before a new big international WUCWO event can take place: the DAKAR GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

For the first time in this millennium, our African sisters are waiting for us so that Catholic women from very different places, cultures and ages can live together an ecclesial experience, a synodal encounter, as the Holy Father has asked us to do.

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Preparing the Assembly...

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Thousands of Senegalese women, the Church and the local government prepare the Assembly.

On 10 February, the official launch of WUCWO's preparations for the Assembly was a success. The Church and civil authorities as well as a large number of Catholic and Muslim women participated.

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The Dakar General Assembly opens its doors

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The most important and beautiful of WUCWO events is now open to women members from all over the world.

Please find below the brochure with all the information about the upcoming General Assembly.

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General Assembly 2018 Information

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in Dakar, Senegal, will be called:

WUCWO Women, Carriers of “living water”

to a world which thirsts for Peace

15 - 22 OCTOBER 2018

General Assembly 2014

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2014 General Assembly Declaration



Final Declaration of the
World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations General Assembly 2014

The General Assembly of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) met in Fatima, Portugal 23-27 October 2014.  In light of the difficult world situation and encouraged by the inspiring words of Pope Francis,  nearly 500 women from 35 countries and 56 organisations worked and studied guided by the Assembly theme of Women of WUCWO: Sowers of Hope.

We resolved that:

1. The WUCWO Board and Member Organisations will work to implement the selected priority for 2014-2018:Hope in action in the service of family, youth, and the suffering of the world.

2. The following resolutions were adopted:

Family:  WUCWO will encourage and support its member organisations and its representatives working at international fora to give priority to the urgent challenges facing the family and youth.

Human Trafficking:  WUCWO, its member organisations and its representatives at international fora will work individually and in network with other confessional and non-confessional related organisations to end the tragedy of human trafficking.

Dialogue for Peace and Tolerance:  WUCWO will create a climate of understanding and mutual respect to contribute to the achievement of peace around the world, cultivating and promoting a respectful dialogue with the world, with people from other Christian denominations and other religions, within the Catholic Church and among WUCWO’s member organisations.

Addiction Prevention for a Life With a Future: WUCWO shall promote through its member organisations the incorporation of prevention and elimination of alcohol and drug addictions in its action programs.

Prevention and Fight Against Corruption:  WUCWO, its member organisations and its International Representatives shall work with international bodies and national governments, communities and families, to eliminate corruption.

Right to Have Access to Clean Drinking Water and Sanitation: WUCWO member organisations shall encourage amongst its members good practices in the sustainable use of water and shall encourage governments to accomplish the same.

3. Women of WUCWO will continue in their efforts to pray and act to attain a world that is just and secure so that all persons everywhere can flourish and fulfil the mission for which they were created.

Resolutions General Assembly 2014

Resolutions adopted at the General Assembly 2014



WUCWO will encourage and support its member organizations and its representatives working at international fora to give priority to the theme of the family and the most urgent challenges it is facing, through:
• Programs particularly directed to young people, which can give them reason of family´s worth for the life and the future of the world, as an educator of spirituality and evangelical values.
• Campaigns to promote the complementarity between man and woman and to prevent and end discrimination against women and girls as well as any kind of violence and domestic abuse.
• Provision of assistance to single mothers and their children, welcoming them to our organizations and advocating for policies to assist them.
• Encourage governments to prohibit the practices of alteration, manipulation and treatment of human reproductive material that result in the destruction of human embryos.
Such work will be supported with the publication of articles and special sections in WUCWO´s publications and with the launching of a “campaign for the enhancement of the family” through its organizations around the world.



WUCWO, its member organizations and its representatives at international fora will work, individually and in network with other confessional and non-confessional related organizations, to:

a) help families, schools, Church and the community to become aware of human trafficking in order to prevent it;
b) accompany and work for the recovery and the social inclusion of the victims;
c) denounce and act against the structures that reduce people to the status of an object; 
d) promote and demand the responsibility of the State in relation to the practice of human trafficking with different concrete actions such as advocating for legislation that makes the purchase of sexual services a criminal act;
e) provide assistance for victims of sexual violence who are often trafficked, and fight the culture of indifference and impunity.



In order to create a climate of understanding and mutual respect and to contribute to the achievement of peace around the world, WUCWO, its member organizations and its Representatives working at international fora shall:
• Cultivate and promote a respectful dialogue with the world; with people from other Christian denominations and other religions; within the Catholic Church and among WUCWO´s member organizations and the women belonging to them.
• Promote dialogue as a method of evangelization.
• Urge governments to promote and guarantee freedom of conscience, religious freedom and tolerance.



WUCWO shall promote, through its member organizations, the incorporation of the theme Alcohol and Drug Addiction in its action programs, in order to undertake awareness and prevention-related tasks in all the areas within its purview, paying special attention to children, young people and families. It shall stimulate networking with other institutions of the same and of different faiths, as well as with non-confessional NGOs that share its ethical and spiritual values.




WUCWO, its member organizations and its International Representatives shall:

a) work with international bodies, governmental entities, government officials, civil societies and churches to eliminate corruption by establishing preventive programs which encourage good governance, accountability, transparency and proper communication systems;
b) help families and communities become aware of the destructive effects of corruption, while promoting a culture of truth and honesty.




WUCWO member organizations shall ensure amongst its members good practices in the sustainable use of water. They shall, together with WUCWO´s International Representatives, encourage governments to: a) guarantee the right and access to adequate clean drinking water and proper sanitation,  b) develop national action plans for sustainable water management based on a participatory approach of the population, through dialogue and workshops and  c) Raise awareness among  Member Organizations of the growing threat of pharmaceutical products in water systems affecting wildlife and human health.

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Homily Opening Mass

Homily of His Beatitude Fouad Twal

Openning Liturgy 6th October 2010

World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations

Dear Sisters in Christ of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organization, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Holy City of Jerusalem, and even to the Co-Cathedral of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. Ever since meeting your President, Karen Hurley in Rome last year, I have very much desired to know you and your organization better. But even more than that, I have desired that the women of this diocese, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, might know you better, and that your sisterhood in Christ might help sustain the faith and mission of our women and families here. So, whereas it is always a great pleasure for me to welcome pilgrims here to the Holy Land, and indeed a sacred duty, there is a special joy that I have in welcoming you. Welcome!

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Message from Benedict XVI

From Vatican 1 October 2010


Mrs. Karen Hurley


World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizatons

Dear Mrs. Hurley

The Holy Father was pleased to be informed that the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organization it’s celebrating its Centenary this year with an Assembly in Jerusalem from 5 to 12 October, and he sends cordial greetings and prayerful good wishes to all who gathered for this significant initiative.

Noting that you have chosen as the title for your Assembly the words of the Risen Lord, “You will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8) His Holiness gives thanks for the many blessings that have been bestowed on the Church through the witness of faithful Catholic women living and working in the world, transforming it from within, and proclaiming the Gospel in the word and in deed. In its one hundred years of history, the members of WUCWO have contributed to the Church’s mission at local, national and international levels, according to the special dignity and vocation of women, enriching the Church with “the fruits of feminine holiness” (Mulieris Dignitatem, 31). The Holy Father invokes a fresh outpouring of the Spirit’s gifts upon your Organization, so that it may continue to foster the unique contribution of women to the life and mission of the Church, both in the public sphere and in the home.

Commending all those present at the Assembly and their families to the loving intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, the Holy Father gladly imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of unity and peace in the Risen Lord

Your sincerely in Christ

Secretary of State

Centenary Declaration

 The World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations

Centenary General Assembly
Jerusalem, 2010


The members of the World Union of Catholic Women‟s Organisations (WUCWO), representing sixty nations from around the globe, meeting at the Centenary General Assembly in Jerusalem, and on pilgrimage in the environs of the Holy Land in October 2010 state that:

● We acknowledge with gratitude the 100 years of vision, endeavour and commitment that leaders and members of what began in 1910, as the International Union of Catholic Women‟s Leagues, now known as the World Union of Catholic Women‟s Organisations have given to society and the Church throughout the century.

● We acknowledge that because of such vision and endeavour that Catholic women, working in accord with the Church and its teachings, were able to identify the many societal inadequacies and injustices impacting on the lives of women and families and worked assiduously to overcome them. WUCWO women do the same today.

● While acknowledging the many areas of service that Catholic women have already undertaken, we reaffirm the aim of WUCWO which is, “to promote the presence, participation and co-responsibility of Catholic women in society and the Church, in order to enable them to fulfil their mission of evangelisation and to work for human development” in unity, particularly for increasing educational opportunities, poverty reduction and the advancement of human rights beginning with the fundamental right to life.

● WUCWO women reiterate that the dignity, value and “genius” of women should be universally recognised, and that the importance of intergenerational relationships and the involvement of youth, and the cultural and theological contributions of women be supported and recognised for the attainment of a more humane, just and compatible society.

● Gathered together in Jerusalem, city of peace “a microcosm of our globalised world…this city,…a place that teaches the universality and respect for others, dialogue and mutual understanding; a place where prejudice, ignorance and fear that fuels them, are overcome by honesty, integrity and the pursuit of peace” [Pope Benedict XVI, Jerusalem 2009], with this perspective, in solidarity we commit ourselves to the study and witness of the Word of God and the Social Teachings of the Church, to ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue and to peacemaking.

● At the beginning of the 2nd century of such commitment, WUCWO women pray through their Patroness Mary, Queen of Peace, that they too will, ‘Receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and then you will be my witnesses……………indeed to the ends of the earth’ [Acts 1:8.] just as the Lord said the Father „had promised‟ the apostles in Jerusalem. [Acts: 1:5]


Resolutions General Assembly 2010

Resolution 1

End the Use of Information Technology in Sexual Exploitation of Children


In an attempt to minimise sexual exploitation and harassment of children through Information Technology use, and to maximise parental obligations relating to it, WUCWO Member Organisations, where appropriate, will advocate for:

(i) Diocesan and other institutions training programs for parents to improve their levels of understanding of and guidance for their children about Information Technology, to include

(ii) Strategies to enhance quality of parental relationships for young and/or dual-working parents, and to assist them to be Christian role models for their children.


Resolution 2

Promote a Covenant between Human Beings and the Environment

WUCWO Member Organisations resolve to facilitate educational programmes that enhance our understanding of local, regional and global ecological issues and the teachings of the Magisterium on ecology. These programmes should integrate respect for life and our responsibilities to future generations.


Resolution 3

Rescue the Children of the Street

All WUCWO Member Organisations will fight against poverty and social exclusions because ‘children of the street’ are a new expression of growing poverty, of extreme distress and of the fragility of the formal and informal social welfare system.


Resolution 4

Campaign for a Culture of Life

WUCWO Member Organisations will assist women to understand that the ‘right to life’ must be preserved, by

(i) facilitating study of the teachings contained in Pope John Paul II’s catechesis: “Theology of the Body,” in order to enable them to build their understanding of the meaning of life and therefore

(ii) to act on it with greater involvement wherever possible.


Resolution 5

Work to Abolish Forced Marriage

WUCWO, as a Public International Association of the Faithful, will uphold the dignity and rights of women and children by making a strong statement against forced marriage of girl-children.

In order to raise awareness of this inhumane and abusive practice:

(i) The official spokeswoman of WUCWO will advocate for a changed attitude to forced marriage

to leaders of civil society at international level and,

(ii) WUCWO Member Organisations will do the same to leaders of civil society at local and national levels.


Resolution 6

Strengthen Training of Catholic Leaders

WUCWO Member Organisations will spread tools for the formation of Catholic leaders and facilitate the exchange of experiences in this regard among its Member Organisations and through dialogue between men and women.


Resolution 7

Defend and Support Migrants

(i) WUCWO Member Organisations will promote and support initiatives to protect migrants and their families and defend their human rights.

(ii) WUCWO Member Organizations will support and / or establish programs that provide care and protection for migrants and their families.


Resolution 8

Commit to Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue

WUCWO will establish permanent relations with the representatives and organisations from different faiths at the international and regional levels and will incorporate in Assemblies and Regional Conferences an Ecumenical and Interreligious space such as round tables, discussion panels etc. It will promote this among its Member Organisations and encourage joint actions of service to the community with organizations with whom it shares ethical and spiritual values, especially those that favor the promotion of women.


Resolution 9

Produce a Statistical Evaluation of Poverty According to Sex

All WUCWO Member Organisations will exhort governmental and non governmental agencies, in their country and on a regional and international level, to conduct a statistical evaluation of poverty according to sex. The Organisations will also commit to associating themselves with all their ability and skill to this effort which is the only way to influence national and international policies to make them more effective.


Resolution 10

Prevent Inappropriate Sexualisation of Children

WUCWO Member Organisations will contact their respective governments, civil society authorities and Church agencies relating to the prevention of inappropriate and/or premature sexualisation of children, by limiting:

(i) Sexual information that is inappropriate for young children and

(ii) Aggressive marketing methods that promote the sale of sexually provocative children’s clothing.


Resolution 11

Mobilise to Halt Infanticide

WUCWO Member Organisations make a commitment to exhort their governments to develop policies of job creation, immigration management and the integration of education in family life into their official programs in order to halt infanticide in countries where this occurs. Further, WUCWO member organisations will request their relevant church agencies to promote the sexual formation of young people through catechesis and pastoral social counselling.


Resolution 12

Reaffirm the Family Unit

WUCWO Member Organisations will contact their respective governments, together with religious bodies of all Christian denominations and those of other faiths, requesting that governments and civil society authorities give clear and unambiguous support in defence of heterosexual, monogamous marriage. Further, that those governments acknowledge and affirm parents’ right to protect their children from external influences which seek to negate parental responsibility and which may be detrimental to relationships within that Family Unit.

General Assembly Pictures


DSC 1384 2You will find the speakers' presentations from the General Assembly in this space.


• Sr. Nathalie Becquart - Undersecretary of the synod of Bishops

"Women on the road to a synodal Church"

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CWO Aberdeen's testimony on the 2023 WUCWO General Assembly


Taken at the Ratification of C.W.O. Aberdeen on the 16th of May 2023 

The Catholic Women Organisation (C.W.O.) Aberdeen was approved as a member body by WUCWO in June 2021, awaiting ratification. When the date for the general assembly was fixed for the 14th – 20th of May 2023, we were excited and 11 of our members registered to attend. It was a rare privilege that WUCWO’s GA this year (2023) was preceded by the audience with Pope Francis, making our first attendance of the GA very special.

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In March 2001, the WUCWO General Assembly was held in Rome (Italy) on the theme «The Prophetic Mission of Women». More than 750 women were present representing all continents. At the dawn of the new Millennium WUCWO women gave a strong message of hope. Priorities voted: Education, Violence against women, and human rights.

Maria Eugenia Díaz de Pfennich (Mexico) was reelected President General.

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WUCWO: MATURITY 1952 - 1999


Thirteenth International Congress in Rome: “Peace in the world and the contribution of Catholic women”; the new statutes were voted in by the Bureau and approved by Rome.

The Union officially adopted the name of World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO). Marie du Rostu (France) already Vice-President of the Youth section in 1926, was elected President by the Bureau (not nominated by the Holy See).

WUCWO comprised 166 organisations from 66 countries from all over the world, numbering 36 million women. From 1952 onwards many countries from Africa, and also from Asia Pacific and Oceania joined WUCWO, consolidating it as truly international in scope.

Among these 166 organisations were large international organisations such as International Association of Charities (IAC). Also, since its foundation, the International Society for Girls has taken part in Board meetings with the right to speak but not to vote.

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Contacts were made for the resumption of international work.

In 1946 the United Nations created the Commission on the Status of Women before adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948.


Eleventh International Congress in Rome preceded by a study week “Christian Women’s contribution to the Human Community”. In order to obtain consultative status with UNESCO the “Youth Section” broke off from the Union to become the World Federation of Young Catholic Women. However, it remained closely linked to UILFC and its president took part in meetings of the Bureau. In the same year, IUCWL obtained consultative status with ECOSOC.

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May 14, 1940, Mrs Steenbergh-Engeringh destroyed the archives in Holland “so that the invaders could not lay hands on them and use them to find people who had collaborated with us (the Union).” (Notebooks February 1946)

In June 1940, the German police searched the UILFC offices. Dr. J.H.E.J. Hoogveld, chaplain to IUCWL since 1930 was arrested by the Gestapo and died as a result of the ill-treatment he suffered. During this time work went on locally in some countries depending on their circumstances.



In 1921 there was an executive meeting in Cracow (Poland) to re-launch the Union and prepare for the fifth International Congress taking place in Rome the following year.


Fifth International Congress in Rome: “Preservation and Propagation of the Faith”; women’s campaign for morality; against traffic of women; for preparation of women for civic responsibilities.

Mrs Steenberghe-Engeringh (The Netherlands) was elected president (nominated by the Pope) and remained so for 30 years. Under her guidance the Union (IUCWL) expanded rapidly and was in a position to become WUCWO in 1952. With 19 new organisations the Union numbered 40 leagues in 20 countries.

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During the 1914-1918 War the Union ceased to function and only resumed activities in 1921.

Nevertheless the President managed to keep in touch with the Vatican as well as with several national leagues.


It was in 1910 that Madame de Vélard, President of the Patriotic League of French Women (later Action Catholique Générale Féminine, ACGF) suggested uniting the leagues of Catholic women throughout the world.

This meeting, called “the Committee for Initiative”, took place in Brussels (Belgium) and brought together the Leagues from Germany, England, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Spain, France, Lorraine, Portugal, Switzerland and Uruguay, along with the International Catholic Society for Girls, ACISJF.

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Women's Voice 63: Announce with joy the beauty of being family!


Lucy Joceylin Vokhiwa

WUCWO Board member Malawi

Family as a vocation, is a missionary journey that God has placed in the world for us to embrace, announce and live by. This journey requires listening to God who has called us as companions of the gospel. During the X World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis encouraged and called for families around the world to announce the joy of being family, for those that are further along to become companions of the other and guide them, announce to children and young people the grace of Christian marriage but also open ourselves to Christ, listen to Him in the silence of prayer, accompanying those who are most fragile, taking charge of those who are alone, refugees and abandoned. The theme of the meeting, ‘Family Love: a vocation and path to holiness’, opened up an obligation for the Church and her members to actively take part in family evangelization. WUCWO, an umbrella body for Catholic Women Organisations/Associations adopted the resolution during its 2023 General Assembly in Assisi, introducing the resolution ‘Let us take with renewed conviction the joyful journey of family love, motherhood and fatherhood’ to be implemented in the next four years.

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Women's Voice 63: Children need parents, not fathers and mothers

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Mary Assumpta Gidudu 

Uganda Catholic women Apostolate

Family love is indeed a vocation and path to holiness. Mothers and Fathers are called to take the joyful journey of family love. The truth is that many fathers and mothers are finding it very difficult to enjoy this God given vocation because of various situations. There are situations that pause great challenges to individuals and really rob them of the joy of motherhood and fatherhood. The vocation of motherhood and fatherhood takes us to the thought of a family unit the smallest building block of the society. In the family units today there many challenges not limited to domestic violence. In the family unit we may find other forms of violence such sexual violence, emotional violence and physical violence. In the view of this forms of violence we find that the joy of motherhood and fatherhood is robbed and rendering every other member of the family vulnerable to any form of abuse

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Africa Regional Conference 2021

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The WUCWO Africa Region held the 10th edition of the Regional Conference in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, from 14 to 20 June 2021.

Despite the many difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the high cost of plane tickets, the shortage of flights and the limitations of screening tests, 180 women from Cameroon, Gabon, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Mali, Malawi, Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry and Ivory Coast wanted to be present at this meeting.

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Madam President General of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO/UMOFC)

Dear Members of the Board

With you, I thank God for the moments we lived together in Senegal at the feet of Our Lady of Liberation, during the WUCWO General Assembly held from 15 to 22 October 2018.

It is with great joy that I take the floor today to share the summary of responses to the resolutions that African organisations have been kind enough to send.

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Fifty Years of Dedication and Hope

CWO Malawi

Fifty Years of Dedication and Hope: Catholic Women’s Organisation (CWO) of Malawi, Celebrates a Significant Milestone. 

Lilongwe, Malawi - In the setting of Lilongwe Stadium, the Catholic Women Organisation (CWO) of Malawi celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. Founded back in 1973, the association has played a crucial role in the social and religious fabric of the country, with a constant and significant commitment to the common good.

Representing Catholic women from all over Malawi, the CWO is part of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO), a global network that promotes the active participation of women in the Church and in society.

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CWA Kenya - Video from the National Prayer Day broadcasted from the Marian Shrine in Subukia.

Challenges: A path to Holiness - Tanzania

Bakhita Szent JozefinaChallenges: A path to Holiness.

Evaline Malisa Ntenga

WUCWO Board Member for Tanzania

Celebrating the life of Mrs Alpha (40years) and her Daughter Omega (15years).

Mathew 16:24-25 

"Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me."


Luke 23:31

"For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?"


Jesus through this verse remind us that being a son of God, he went through trials and all sort of problems and challenges, and therefore anyone who chooses to be his disciple will face the same and even more. The Israelites went through the desert for 40years with lots of suffering – hunger, drought, snake bite, and the like before entering Canaan. 

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Life stories - Nigeria

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Naomi Embaga

CWO, Nigeria


It is the dream of every married woman to become a mother – it is a dream I’ve always had. Even at present, I can still reminiscence the good nostalgic memories of my childhood: carrying and cuddling toy babies in my arms and bathing them, singing lullabies to them in the name of trying to make them sleep and what have you. That love shown as a mere object became real when my mother gave birth to my immediate younger sister – after seven years of loneliness. She became the companion I never had and so I had a desperate loving desire to protect her. And I did.

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Resilience: A Must For Successful Women - CWON Nigeria

Resilience: A Must For Successful Women


 Amb. Dr. Mrs. Alice Aladi Jonah (JP)



If you want to be successful in life, you must be resilient.


We are often faced with diverse challenges in life especially in the family, when life throws such challenges at us, we are seen running helter skater in search of solution. Sometimes, we wonder aimlessly, tirelessly but expectantly, not minding if we are going about it the right way or not. One thing is sure though, whenever we have a problem, we think of a way out, a possible solution. But after the trying moment lies your reaction, action or inaction. This is where resilience comes into play.

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terra nigeriaIn September 2021, Mrs Nwanneka Okolo, WUCWO Board Member and President of the Catholic Women Organisation Nigeria (CWON), together with Dr Obiageli Ndu, Chairperson of Iwene Tansi Parish, in Enugu, and Mr Nnamdi Arum, Climate Change Officer in the Ministry of Environment of the Enugu State, were at Radio Nigeria, in Enugu, to sensitise the public on the need to care for the environment with emphasis on reuse, and proper disposal of plastics. It was an interactive session on Laudato si’, with questions from the public.

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At National level, CWO is implementing a project on Covid-19 response in two archdioceses of Blantyre and Lilongwe. The following are some of the concrete actions that the women of the Catholic Women's Organisation are carrying out for this project. 

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CWA Cameroon meeting

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Members of the CWA Cameroon National executive had their maiden meeting in the weekend from 8th-10th January 2021 in the sea shore Holy Trinity Parish Bota, in Buea Diocese.

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malawi2Identified in December, 2019, a local outbreak of respiratory infections in Wuhan, China had culminated into a global pandemic(Covid-19) as declared by World Health Organization (WHO) affecting the whole world. Ever since, the world has experienced a rapid growth of new cases, deaths and recoveries each day. Countries all over the world have activated emergency plans, guidelines and measures as to how best they could handle the disease, restricting its further spread and transmission. For instance, awareness interventions on wearing masks, social distancing, travel restrictions, home confinement among others.

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Living the Pandemic - CWO Nigeria, Nwanneka Cecilia Okolo

The Nat President of CWON Barr Mrs Nwanneka Okolo with the Depty Govr of Enugu State Cecilia Ezeilo after receiving the parliativeIn Nigeria, the extended family system impacts so much on communal life. With the advent of COVID-19 a lot of hardship is being experienced by families. People most affected by the lockdowns are the poor and the needy together with workers who live on daily wages.

In most places in Nigeria, only markets and shops selling food items were allowed to open initially thereby leaving the generality of the people working/doing business in other sectors of the economy vulnerable.

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The Covid-19 Pandemic, A Test of Faith - CWA Cameroon, Judith Chiatoh


The deadly coronavirus pandemic that took everyone by surprise is no respecter of persons and appears to be testing the faith of many. In these testing times, we must neither falter nor take our eyes of faith off the “almightiness” of our God. The painful reality of Covid-19 proved to the world that there is a creator, God almighty. For sure our God is mightier than the virus that has changed our lives in several ways. Like the two women who visited the tomb of Jesus after his resurrection, women have learned to leave their comfort zones and take the lead in reshaping and redirecting through positive action.

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The word of God is lamp to my feet - Malawi

In Line with our Resolution 4 “ Let us Educate to Respond to the call to Holiness” Catholic women in Malawi throughout its 8 dioceses, put in place deliberate efforts to organize retreats and workshops so that Priests and other facilitators can guide, accompany and teach us on our journey to holiness.

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Uganda with the equator running through it and laying between the tropics has got tropical forests and savannah grasslands. We used to experience rain twice a year, February – March and about August – September. However, due to climate change, the seasons have changed making it difficult for farmers to plan for their farming. 

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MALAWI: Call to action of the Catholic Women Organization


The Catholic Women Organisation (CWO) in the Archdiocese of Blantyre on Friday last week, cleaned Ndirande Township in Blantyre City as part of Earth Action Initiative on the environment.

The cleaning exercise in Ndirande Township follows a call to action in the face of the plastic and toxic waste crisis the environment has witnessed.

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malawiInspired by the Christian mandate of evangelization according to Mark 16:15, Vatican Council II challenged the Catholic Church to take its role of evangelization seriously either through Catholic Action Groups/Movements/Associations/ Organizations or on individual basis for every baptized person is a missionary. Similar sentiments were advanced during the African synod of 1967 as well as the African Laity Council meeting held in 1971 in Ghana. In Malawi, the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, through the Bishops in 1972, wrote a pastoral letter titled ‘You also go and work in my vineyard’ (Mt 20:4a) in which the Bishops reiterated the need for the Catholic lay faithful to evangelize.

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May 13th is the day of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO). The date recalls the anniversary of the founding of the Organization in 1910. This year, Les Mamans du Monastère du Mont Febe joined the celebration.

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003We, FFBKEM of Madagascar, have been experiencing the theme "women of WUCWO carrying living water for a world thirsty for peace" through awareness- raising sessions on the various violence currently being experienced by children and young girls in our country (work inadequate at their age for children, sexual violence including abuse of close relatives or early sexual intercourse for young girls). We took advantage of World Youth Days, JMJ Mada 9 from 08 to 14 October 2018, which took place in Mahajanga, to expose the problems related to this violence and to propose the related solutions.

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womens dayThe Catholic Women’s Association is a movement of over 30,000 women across the entire country with representation from over 42 ethnic and cultural backgrounds. As a community, the theme of the organization’s activities across the region is to support the local community to thrive, to meet basic needs and to provide encouragement in times of need and bereavement, helping the members in spiritual growth through prayers and sharing the word of God.

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Echos of the AFEC - Ivory Coast


"Let us take care of the family in difficult situations, especially its most vulnerable members."

At the end of the great Assembly held in October 2018 in Senegal, we, the women of WUCWO, decided to "bring living water" to the different spheres of life.

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Echos of the ADFCAC - Guinea Conakry


Themes ADFCAC works on in Guinea Conakry:
• integral ecology
• "the family in its most vulnerable members."

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Personal testimony of the General Assembly - Uganda

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This recently concluded General Assembly opened my eyes to a number of things, however, the most important of all was the initiative of women around the world gathering together as Catholic Women from different backgrounds. I was really impressed about the discussions and sharing the cross cutting issues women all over the world face in their day to day life, especially living as Catholics.

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The return home - Cameroon

Efoua ZengueThe "Mamans Eucharistiques du Monastère," a diocesan association of Cameroon, present at WUCWO Meetings since its affiliation to this worldwide Christian organisation in 2011, welcomed the priority adopted at the Dakar General Assembly on "the call to holiness."

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Testimonies from Mali

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After the one in Fatima in 2014, God gave us the grace to celebrate our GA, a sign of our commitment as women and mothers, through our various activities and actions that are reflected in the paths laid out by Pope Francis. In fact, Pope Francis' encyclicals are a guide for our lives.

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Report on domestic violence in Uganda

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Please find below a report by the Uganda Catholic Women's Organization on domestic violence.


Violence against women in Uganda is predominantly domestic. And in its reference as Domestic Violence, is at epidemic level worldwide. Recent statistics in Uganda shows that 30% of women or one of every three women is a victim of physical and or sexual domestic violence at least once in their lifetime. The majority of victims experience multiple assaults rather than just one. A 2006 study by the Uganda Law Reform Commission indicates that 66% of men and women respondents had experienced domestic violence (CEDOVIP 2007). However, according to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics report published in 2007 68% of ever-married women aged 15-49 years had experienced some form of violence inflicted on them by their spouse or intimate partner. Physically their bodies are bruised and emotionally they become unstable. To make matters worse, many of those in marriage get infected with diseases such as Sexual Transmitted Infections mainly HIV/AIDS. Most women are not to blame but their abusive relationships or unfaithful partners.

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1.    Preamble:

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (2032-2040) (2049-2051) states that “it is the duty of the Magisterium of the Church to preach the faith that is to be believed and put into practice in life. This duty extends even to specific precepts of the natural law because their observance is necessary for salvation”.

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Land Grabbing

During the pan-African conference held in Nairobi last November, the problem of land grabbing, a real challenge for African countries, was discussed.

Wanawake Wakatoliki Tanzania

Celebrating their 40th anniversarywawata

The formation of WAWATA 40 as a unifying Body of all Catholic Women in Tanzania for the promotion of their contribution and participation towards their development, the church and society came at the wake of Second Vatican Council’s reflections on the female condition which came at a time when the role of the woman in recognizing the existence of a feminine question, and to move from the mere recognition of the dignity of the woman to her involvement in civil and social life. 

WUCWO Day in Spain


On May 13th, WUCWO Day, the organisations that are part of WUCWO Spain (Acción Católica General, Adoración Nocturna Femenina Española, ACdP, and Manos Unidas) have organised a round table moderated by Sandra Várez González, journalist and Director of Communication at the Pablo VI Foundation, featuring contributions from Carmen Márquez, professor at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University of Comillas and Director of TUP, and María del Carmen Molina, Doctor in Biology and Professor at the Rey Juan Carlos University, member of the CDEI.

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Education is the Hope for a Better Life without Discrimination and Violence.

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“Pencils for All” is a very small charitable organisation working on educational projects all around the world.

At the time of the Dakar General Assembly we were already preparing for more work in South Sudan, country torn by civil and ethnic war and violence. The country welcomed the much-needed peace just at the beginning of this year on the 22 February 2020, unfortunately the wonderful news was overshadowed by the COVID -19 spread around the world.

South Sudan is one of the youngest countries in the world, gain its independence from Sudan in June 2011 and ending the longest civil war in Africa. Sadly, the peace did not last. In 2013 yet another civil war started and the first three years were extremely violent and brutal.

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On 10 and 11 November 2021, the WUCWO European Regional Conference took place in Spain, as a hybrid event. Araceli Cavero, Vice President for Europe, invited women from WUCWO member organisations to discuss and learn about the theme of discrimination and violence against women.

These two days were enlightened by the prayer of the participants and marked by interesting activities: a conference on violence in the Bible, courageous and moving personal testimonies, a look beyond the borders of Europe with the work carried out for many years in Peru following the exactions of the Shining Path, and fruitful exchanges in workshops.

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Europe Regional Conference 2017

On the 17th-20th of last March the European Regional Conference was celebrated in Madrid. Around 40 women from France, United Kingdom, Italy and Spain got together.

The chosen topic was the revision of the 5th resolution approved at the Fatima Assembly: working against the corruption. The slogan: “WUCWO women for the honesty and justice”.


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Regional Vice President meets President of Spanish Episcopal Conference

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On the 10th March 2016 the Regional Vice President for Europe, Araceli Cavero, was received by the President of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, Cardinal Emmo. D. Ricardo Blaquez. The meeting was arranged to inform him of her election and to discuss WUCWO’s work and projects, and the celebration of the General Assembly and the resolutions adopted in Fatima. It was a very pleasant meeting. He was grateful for the information and shared some suggestions for how to improve the work. A considerable amount of time had passed since the election but due to various circumstances it had not been possible to arrange a meeting earlier.


Resilient Stories with Women's Names

anfeFrom the WUCWO Spain team, comprised of 4 organizations: Acción Católica General, Manos Unidas, Asociación de Propagandistas, and Adoración Nocturna Femenina, in line with Pope Francis' proposal to build a synodal path and promote the formation of the laity, a training day titled "​Resilient Stories from the Old Testament with Women's Names" was organized last month. We are sharing the material from this meeting to delve into the lives of some prominent women from the Old Testament and their characteristics.

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Valuing women to promote human rights and dignity


Motherhood, work and family: these are the topics at the centre of the reflection promoted by the Beata Maria Cristina di Savoia Association together with the Movimento Nazionale Donne UCID, both members of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO).

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Our Social Responsibility committee has ben working on updating our Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse booklet. It was finally launched at our October Board meeting to respond to the reporting of rising numbers of domestic violence during the corona virus lockdown. Information is posted on our website https://www.nbcw.co.uk where digital copies may be downloaded.

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CEAS IIOn October 26th of this year, we were invited by the Spanish Episcopal Conference and the Episcopal Commission of the Secular Apostolate to present WUCWO at the Days of the Delegates of the Secular Apostolate.

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Miguel“Catholic Action assumes the entire mission of the church in generous belonging to the diocesan Church from the Parish. The mission is not one of many tasks in Catholic Action, but it is the one task (...)
It is necessary for Catholic Action to be present in the political, business and professional world, but not in order to believe that we are perfect and formed Christians, but in order to serve better. It is essential that Catholic Action be in the prisons, even with those condemned to life imprisonment, because every prisoner needs a horizon, not a fence, or a wall... CA can give horizons... of reinsertion... It is necessary that CA be in hospitals, in the street, in the villages, in the factories. If this is not the case, it will be an exclusive institution that does not say anything to anyone, not even to the Church itself.”
(Pope Francis at the II International Congress of Catholic Action, 27 April 2017)

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A beautiful adventure - France

IMG 20181020 235608Discovering a little piece of Africa and getting to know our Senegalese friends, who are particularly welcoming, was a great adventure for me:
a colourful Africa, with cheerful women singing and dancing, and festive Masses that surprise and astonish us Europeans.

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Gorée Island… and back home in the real world! - United Kingdom

Ward 22Incorporated into the busy General Assembly timetable was a visit to Gorée Island. The island lies 3km off the coast of Dakar, Senegal, West Africa.
The ‘House of Slaves’ and its ‘Door of No Return’ is a museum and memorial to the Atlantic slave trade on Gorée Island and is said to memorialise the final exit point of the slaves from Africa.

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At the source of our lives - France

PrévotThe WUCWO General Assembly was a discovery for us, for it was our first attendance.
The exchange groups allowed us to get to know the realities of women from other continents, which are, in some cases, totally different from our own.

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Testimony of a young woman on the General Assembly - Spain

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You may be wondering what WUCWO is: World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations. More than 100 organisations from 66 countries on 5 continents are represented in this global network. From Spain we were 11 people from ACG, ANFE and Manos Unidas. In addition, we traveled with Teresa Compte, who participated as speaker.

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Iwona Macalka 1I have loved Africa since I was a little girl and have managed to visit the continent in my adulthood which has only increased my love for its peoples and cultures. When I found out that the 2018 World Union of Catholic
Women’s Organisation General Assembly (WUCWO) was going to be hosted in Dakar, I was thrilled. There was also another exciting development to attending this event which was the small charitable educational organisation I had both founded and run – “Pencils for All” was going to become a new associate member!

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Dakar: some discoveries by Femina Europa - France

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Four members of Femina Europa participated in the General Assembly. Alix Lejard, delegate of Femina Europa to the European Parliament, Virginie Rotheÿ, WUCWO representative to UNESCO, Marion Senellart, treasurer, and Myriam Fourchaud, lay missionary and writer.

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"Mum, Dad and Kids" European Citizens Initiative


In June, we learned that over one million EU citizens signed the "Mum, Dad and Kids" European Citizens Initiative - a legislative effort to protect marriage and family, by defining marriage as a permanent and faithful union of man and woman with the purpose of founding a family.

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From 22nd to 26th July 2019, the Summer School "Building the Future on Peace", organised byItalian Catholic Action and other entities, will be held in Assisi, Italy.

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Sister Vincent

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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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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.





Sr Eugenia Bonetti wins EU award for anti-trafficking work

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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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European Ministers Agree: No Consensus on Abortion

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STRASBOURG, August 2 (C-FAM) European ministers disappointed abortion groups last month when they failed to say that abortion is a human right. They cited lack of consensus in Europe.



Catholic Women’s League Annual Pilgrimage to the Wayside Shrine, Ripon

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Members of Leeds Branch of the Catholic Women’s League and visitors gathered at St Wilfrid’s Catholic Church, Ripon for Mass celebrated by Canon Paul Moxon before visiting the Wayside Shrine, 2 miles away at Studley Roger for their annual pilgrimage







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Called to Justice and Freedom a celebration of the Life and Legacy

The service is organised by Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA), the successor organisation to the Anti Apartheid Movement and
the Trevor Huddleston CR Memorial Centre, South Africa and hosted by St Martin-in-the-Fields.


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IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Asia Pacific Regional Conference has been postponed until a later date.

to be held in SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 
18 -22 MAY 2020
REGISTRATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE ON EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Registration costs $430 AUD

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Report 2019 by the Asia-Pacific Vice President, Catherine McGrath


As WUCWO Vice-President Asia Pacific I am happy to report that I have received reports from Organisations  - Australia, Japan, Lebanon, Aotearoa New Zealand and South Korea but not from Fiji, India or Tonga.  We know that there are many women’s organisations that do not belong to WUCWO but we will endeavour to encourage them to join this wonderful International Organisation.

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2022 CWL National Annual Meeting

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The 2022 National Annual Meeting of the Catholic Women's League Philippines was held at the Archdiocese of Palo in Tacloban City last May 27 to 29, 2022. 
About 800 CWL participants came from all over the Philippines and had an enthusiastic and enjoyable time meeting each other and reviewing the accomplishments for the past year in spite of the pandemic and other disasters that afflicted them.

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"Parade of Saints" - CWL Philippines

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​Last October 31, 2021, instead of celebrating Halloween, the Junior Members of the Catholic Women's League Philippines organised a "Parade of Saints".

The whole event was held virtually, through Zoom, because of COVID-19 pandemic protocols in the Philippines which prevented CWL from having face to face or mass gatherings.

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The Lord has indicated to me to follow new missionary paths, which will become clearer step by step...

As if they were signs of the times, the development of events and their sequence, nothing is by chance, because the Lord uses our experiences and our abilities, however small they may be. What is essential is our attitude in the face of trials; we have to listen to his voice amidst the noise of daily challenges and dare to respond to his call; “let it be done to us according to your word.”

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CWL Projects and Activities carried out in the Philippines during the quarantine period

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Although highly vulnerable because of age and comorbidities, CWL officers and members throughout the Philippines have painstakingly tried to bring God closer to the people in these challenging times through selfless service to the most affected families. Thus, amidst the pandemic, various projects and activities through its thrust – HOPE (Holiness, Outreach, Pastoral Involvement and Empowerment), were put into action by the CWL throughout the country, responding with empathy and compassion to help. CWL Philippines National President, R. Rita Mariano, M.D. tells us a little about the activities they have carried out.

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New Zealand - National President Runs for Victims of Human Trafficking

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On a dark Cambodian morning in December 2019, I lined up with around 10,000 runners and walkers nervously awaiting the starter’s gun for the Angkor Wat Charity Half Marathon. There was a buzz of excitement and anticipation. The morning was very dark and cool. The early start time designed to miss the expected heat later in the day and the crush of runners made for precarious footing for the first few hundred metres. The course would take us around the main tourist temple circuit at the Angkor Wat temple complex near Seim Reap in Cambodia.

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The World Union of Catholic Women, as a gesture of solidarity at this anxious time, decided to hold three webinars on the subject of Solidarity and Synodality, one in English, one in Spanish and one in French. They invited every group of Catholic Women, who are affiliated with them, to join the webinar, so on 28th April I had the privilege of joining 34 other ladies from around the world through the marvels of the internet.

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Pope Francis visits Japan – November 2019

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Below you can find the report of Kunie Fukahori, President of the National Catholic Women’s Organization of Japan, on the visit of the Pope to Japan.


«Pope Francis visited Japan in November 2019. Japanese Roman Catholics number some 441,000 and represent only 0.34% of Japan’s population. We Catholics were very excited about the Pope’s visit, of course, but the general public also expressed great interest in this first visit by a Pope in 38 years.

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100 years of CWL Philippines

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On May 25th, 2019, the Catholic Women’s League of the Philippines celebrated its centennial anniversary. The 1500 attendees prayed the WUCWO prayer for Peace in union with the WUCWO organisations of the whole world.

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The Dakar General Assembly in Senegal seemed so remote to me, despite the fact that WUCWO had been a familiar organisation which CWO Korea has participated with since 1983. It could possibly have been from the burden of the election I faced as a board member candidate. Also, the 20-hour flight to Dakar (including one transfer) was not easy to take either.

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The Annual Meeting of the General Body and the Meeting of the Governing Board of the Council of Catholic Women of India (CCWI) will be held in Chennai, India, with the participation of 60 members from all over India, from Kerala to Nagaland.

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Interview with Helen Kwon Kyung Soo

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Please find below the translation of an interview with WUCWO Board Member Helen Kwon Kyung Soo, which was presented in Catholic Peace Press.

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Welcome to Guntur…

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The establishment of Bahay Pangarap Women’s Center in the Diocese of Malolos was conceptualized by Most Reverend Bishop Jose F. Oliveros, D.D, Rev. Fr. Domingo Salonga and the Catholic Women’s League under the leadership of Mrs. Fortunata “Nellie” B. O’Santos. Funds were raised for the building construction through the support of the then Governor of Bulacan, Josie M. dela Cruz, CWL membership and various benefactors and friends.

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Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Conference 2017

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The VI Regional Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean was held from 26 to 29 October 2017 in Antigua, Guatemala. The theme of the Conference was: "Family, seed of a humanised society."

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Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Conference 2021

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The VII WUCWO Regional Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean was held virtually from 11 to 13 May 2021. The theme of the Conference was: “Catholic Women Leaders in Action for a Culture of Peace and Fraternity.”


Please find below some useful resources from the Conference.

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Human Trafficking Our Challenge: To raise awareness, prevent and act

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Mónica Santamarina de Robles
WUCWO General Vice-president

WUCWO Board meeting - Mexico

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“Participating in the 2019 WUCWO Board Meeting contributed to my growth and preparation in organisational work, and that means understanding Christ’s call to serve beyond the borders of the country and to work as the Universal Church.”

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“In the service, let's reach out to Rural Families”

This is the motto animating the programme of Misiones Rurales Argentina, whose objective is to take the Word of God to the 1068 families of the 22 places that belong to the Parish  of  Nuestra  Señora  de Andacollo, north zone of the province of Neuquén.

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WUCWO at the European Union-Latin America Women's Forum



The Women's Forum of the EuroLat Parliamentary Assembly in Rome had our President, Maria Giovanna Ruggieri, as a speaker at the Italo-Latin American Institute, with the theme Women together to grow in co-responsibility and solidarity on May 18.

Read her intervention below (in Spanish).

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Women's Voice 63: Here we are Lord, send us!

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Catholic Women’s League of Canada

After attending the WUCWO General Assembly for the first time in 2023, I developed an appreciation for the work of WUCWO and its global sisterhood. I learned more about and was impressed with the World Women’s Observatory. What an amazing initiative! The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is aware of global issues, and often the same issues exist in Canada.

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On 25 August 2021, 107 women, 2 husbands, and Spiritual Advisors gathered in Arlington, Virginia (USA), for the 2021 WUCWO North America Region Conference with the theme, Make Me A Channel of Your Peace.

Maribeth Stewart Blogoslawski, Vice President for North America, welcomed the attendees. Afterward, there was a ceremony of remembrance when representatives of each of the member organizations of the North America Region placed a lighted votive candle before the statue of Mary after which we prayed for the deceased members of our organizations.

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Report 2019 by the North American Vice President, Maribeth Stewart Blogoslawski


This report is concentrated on the response of our organizations to the four resolutions we adopted at our General Assembly in Dakar.

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The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon launches a Laudato Si’ Reflection Series – Human and Environmental Development Program

Immagine 2022 08 04 094306On the 7th anniversary of the promulgation of the encyclical Laudato Si’ by the Holy Father Pope Francis, the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon has launched a Laudato Si’ Reflection Series through its Human and Environmental Development Program.

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"...Pope Francis calls for the ecological conversion of all peoples of the world..."

On September 19, 2018, the people of Saskatchewan, Canada, celebrated the Season of Creation with a special ecumenical event sponsored by the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon.

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WUCWO Conference Reflection - Canada

canadapoliticaWhat a blessing to be able to meet with Catholic women of faith from throughout the world and to be privy to the expertise of the women who provided so many points of reflection on the state of the world from the perspective of faith, environment, and geo-politics. The various speakers, while being realistic, left all with a sense of optimism. If, as Father Whelan stated in his homily, we spend time discerning who we are as women of faith, dream, and allow “hope to flourish”, we have no reason to fear. God is good, all the time. His Holiness is probably one of the most visible living examples of this optimism, while we recognize the myriad number doing their parts daily to secure a better world.

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The Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary Work to End “Human Trafficking…Modern Day Slavery” - United States


Most Esteemed Micaela Le Blanc, newly elected 14th Supreme Lady of the Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary and I recently attended the WUCWO General Assembly 2018 in Dakar, Senegal. Upon arriving at the
Palm Beach Hotel, we were welcomed with song and dance from our host country. After a beautiful Opening Mass and Opening Ceremony, we quickly set out to complete the work of the General Assembly.

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Washington, D.C. September 2015—Nearly 700 women attended the National Council of Catholic Women’s 95th anniversary convention at the Hilton Orlando- Lake Buena Vista, Florida, September 9-12.

NCCW Convention 2015  Rebecca Woodhull, outgoing NCCW  President, Archbishop Wenski, Sheila Hopkins, NCCW President, and maribeth  Stewart, NCCW President ElectAttendees of the 2015 National Council of Catholic Women’s annual convention in Orlando, Florida, were surprised by the guest appearance of Mickey Mouse and a special presentation on the 95 years of NCCW history at the 95th birthday luncheon celebration. The NCCW convention is the annual gathering of women leaders from Catholic women’s organizations in parishes and dioceses throughout the United States.  The theme of this year’s Convention was “Be the Voice of Catholic Women: Sowers of Hope.”

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

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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)

Fruits of Arlington, Messengers of Hope


I write of a WUCWO-inspired collaboration between a woman in Cameroon (Africa) and myself. We became acquainted at the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO) 2006 General Assembly in Arlington, Virginia which was an effort for both of us to attend.

As International Concerns Chair for my Diocesan CCW it is a privilege to choose and present a particular global need to our membership for their support. I prayed that the Assembly would provide opportunity as I prepared to travel to Virginia. Our hotel was filled with 800 of the most beautifully diverse women I’d ever seen, the joy present was tangible.


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A synopsis of the Catholic Womens League of Canada Convention

Read the message from President Betty Ann Brown Davidson

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National Council of Catholic Women 2013 Convention

The National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) 2013 Convention was held September 25 – 28, 2013 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with nearly 500 participants from across the USA. 

The theme, “Be the Voice of Catholic Women:  Confidence, Hope & Joy,” was based on the purpose of the proposed women’s council which was created by the United States Bishops in 1920:  “To give the Catholic women of the country a common voice and an instrument of common action in all matters affecting Catholic or national welfare.”

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"Women as Promoters of Hope" - Conference on March 5th, 2019

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On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO-UMOFC), under the patronage of the Embassy of Britain to the Holy See and the Embassy of Peru to the Holy See, has the honour of presenting the conference “Women as Promoters of Hope.”

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Conference for Women's Day 2019

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On the occasion of International Women's Day, the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations, with the sponsorship of the British Embassy to the Holy See and the Embassy of Peru to the Holy See, held a conference entitled "The women promoters of hope" on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the auditorium of the International Union of Superiors General, located in Lungotevere Tor di Nona 7 in Rome.

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Second Meeting with Women from Middle East 2016, Bari, Italy

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Telegram of the Holy Father and greeting from St. Peter's Square

On the starting day of the Second Conference with the Women from the Middle East and the Mediterranean, organised by WUCWO, together with FIAC and ACI, in Bari (October 19-23, 2016), Pope Francis publicly greeted the participants during the audience on Wednesday October 19 in St. Peter's Square and sent the following telegram to them.

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From 16 to 22 May, the WUCWO Board met in Rome for its first meeting after its appointment at the General Assembly in Senegal (October 2018).

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Jubilee of Mercy for Latin America - CAL and CELAM

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From 27-30 August 2016, 15 cardinals, 120 bishops, rectors of religious orders and Marian shrines, and lay leaders of Catholic associations of all the Americas gathered in Bogotá Colombia for a Celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of the Year of Mercy in the American Continent -and our WUCWO was there.

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WUCWO and NGOs in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for the Family present Amoris Laetitia

April 2016

forumThe speakers were: Mgr. Vincenzo Paglia, President of the PCF, Mgr. Ivan Jurkovic, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva and Maria Giovanna Ruggeri, WUCWO President General. Ambassadors or representatives of more than 70 Embassies to the Holy See attended as well as about 20 directors of Catholic NGOs, special guests and journalists. 



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Message of His Holiness Pope Francis on the Occasion of the International Conference "Women and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: The Challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals?"

click here to read Pope Francis' message

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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Maribeth Stewart's presentation during Board Meeting 2012

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

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XX Anniversary of the International Year of the Family

20th anniversary of the international year of the family 0WUCWO 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.

SESSIONS ATTENDED AT THE UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK, JUNE 2018 - May 2019, by Maribeth Stewart Blogoslawski

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June 4, 2018 - Role of Faith Based Organizations in Protecting Migrants and Refugees

November 12, 2018 - Relief and Works for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East

November 12, 2018 - Mozart Requiem to Mark the Anniversary of the End of World War I

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In a joyous gathering, the New York Forum for Catholic NGO's celebrated its first meeting on May 31st.  Organized by Maribeth Stewart Blogoslawski, WUCWO’s representative to the United Nation’s Headquarters in New York, it was attended by 42 individuals from 34 organisations. The event marks a promising beginning for this collaborative initiative.

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This report on the work of WUCWO at the United Nations in New York (ECOSOC) must necessarily give you just a brief overview of the discussions concerning the challenges and opportunities that face our world addressed at the UN in New York. The opportunity to participate in discussion groups, present formal written statements, and to attend many sessions is a responsibility and a privilege that we appreciate every time we walk onto the main plaza and see the long line of flags from the 193 Member States. Founded in the ashes of World War II, the UN remains a powerful global forum seeking to prevent further man-made disasters and to enable all citizens of our Earth to achieve a standard that provides dignity and basic human rights to all people. How could we fail to be moved when we report to attend meetings at such a forum of hope? In addition to our presence at many sessions of the Commission on the Status of Women meetings, we also attend other sessions throughout the year, many organized by the Permanent Observer of the Holy See. What follows is just a small sampling of the many topics presented and debated over the course of this WUCWO mandate.

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ONU New YorkJune 1, 2017 - Parenting and Optimal Child Development

July 12, 2017 - SDG 2 and ASDG 14: Caring for the Most Vulnerable to End Hunger and Care for the Oceans

July 14, 2018 - Importance of Nuclear Disarmament: A Discussion

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WUCWO's activities at the UN New York, June 2016 - May 2017

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UN New York (3 representatives)

61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61)  

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Intervention of H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN United Nations Security Council Open Debate on “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question” New York, 23 July 2015



Pope Francis Meets with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

large PAPA Y ONU 1Pope Francis met  with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon along with his wife and members of his entourage at the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican. Secretary-General Ban also met with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, along with Archbishop Antoine Camilleri, under-Secretary for the Holy See’s Relations with States.








The President General travelled to Geneva where she had a meeting with Nuncio Mons. Ivan Jurkovič on the collaborative work of WUCWO with the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the UN Human Rights Council, in particular for the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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The last meeting of experts of the International Forum, which is preparing the World Assembly to be held in December 2019, took place in Rome (17-18 June).

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WUCWO co-organised a parallel event about Family & Migration at the Council of Human Rights in Geneva on September 25th, 2018.
Special thanks to the organisations 
which sent their good practices that will be presented during the event. We are proud of their work to develop the globalisation of solidarity!
Let us accompany this event with our prayers.

WUCWO's activities at the UN Geneva, June 2016 - May 2017

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UN Geneva (3 representatives)


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WUCWO co-signs statement "Children are not for sale!"

March 2016

WUCWO co-signed an oral statement prepared and presented by APG23 at the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva which condemns the sale of children.

UN Human Rights Council adopts resolution on the Protection of the Family

The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva has recently adopted an important resolution with regards to the Protection of the Family (A/HRC/29/L.25).

WUCWO, which currently coordinates the Working Group for the Family in the Forum for Catholic Inspired NGOs, in working together with Caritas Internationalis, Fondazione Giovanni XXIII, Point Coeur and the Justice and Peace Dominicans, played a supportive role throughout the drafting and adoption of this resolution by ensuring that the views of our organisations were expressed clearly to the Egyptian representative who led the process.

Some key points of the Resolution:

-Recognizes the family as the ‘natural and fundamental’ cell of society and as an ally against poverty, saying that it should therefore be supported in sustainable development programs.

-Encourages States to consider fiscal policies, investment plans and employment opportunities with respect to their impact on the well-being of families. And even encourages them, where necessary, to create observatory bodies to monitor family policies.

-Takes into account in particular the families composed of only mothers and children, highlighting the need for policies that protect against domestic violence and discrimination against women.

-Recognizes the work done by the associations of civil society to value the role of the family.

-Encourages the United Nations to incorporate the family perspective into the work of the Objectives of Post-2015 Development (SDG).

-Requests the High Commissioner to prepare a report on the impact of the implementation by States of their obligations regarding the protection of the family.

See the Resolution in: 

UN Risks Credibility with Campaign Pushing Homosexual Rights

The UN human rights office has launched a media campaign promoting homosexual and transgender rights. The yearlong initiative, funded by outside sources, raises questions over the use of UN offices for what some governments will consider propaganda.

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Our possibilities of action have been written and oral statements before the Human Rights Council.

At the Human Rights Session at the UN Geneva in March 2012, WUCWO co-signed:

An oral statement on the role of Faith-Inspired Organizations in the promotion and protection of the Right to Health. 

An oral statement on The Promotion and Protection of the Right to Health of People Living with HIV: the Engagement of Faith-Inspired Organizations

A written statement: Appeal for Urgent Attention to the Situation of Children Living with HIV or with HIV/TB co-Infection

5 (five) oral statements focusing on children's rights and the right to education in the following countries: Venezuela,Thailand,Haiti,Togo and Timor Leste.

Oral statement: Right to Development: from rhetoric to action of which the main point was that the implementation of the right to development is successful only if centered on the human person.

Very important was the General Debate at the Regular Session of the Human Rights Council Panel Discussion on “Discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity”. We submitted an oral statement: “Toward Preserving the Universality of Human Rights”.  The Human Rights Commission’s report met with strong opposition and during this debate  and on March 7th the delegates of UN member states in the Organization of Islamic Conference, representing 57 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, walked out of the Palais des Nations in protest. The United States and European countries welcomed the report…

Intervention of Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič to the United Nations International Conference in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace

From Fatima to Dakar: Four years of WUCWO representation to UNESCO (2014-2018)

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Virginie Rotheÿ

WUCWO International Representative to UNESCO


During these four years, there were two UNESCO General Conferences in 2015 (38th) and 2017 (39th). I was able to meet with many delegations (Canada, Cameroon, Morocco, Egypt and some European countries), to introduce WUCWO and inform them of the existence of an NGO affiliated to WUCWO in their country.

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WUCWO at UNESCO - November 2017

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Address by WUCWO's International Representative, Maryvonne Kayser, at UNESCO at the 39th session of the General Conference.

This speech was delivered on Monday, 6 November, 2017, in a plenary session of general policy, presenting the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations.


Read de address below (in French).

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WUCWO's activities at UNESCO, June 2016 - May 2017

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UNESCO (3 representatives)


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The Middle East must not lose its Christian population, cautions the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East

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8th UNESCO Youth Forum: 45 action projects shortlisted for final selection

LOGO UNESCO Youth ForumFor the first time in its 12-year history, the outcomes of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum (29-31 October 2013) to be presented to the UNESCO General Conference (5-20 November 2013) will include, besides strategic recommendations, 15 youth-led action projects (3 projects per each of the 5 UNESCO regions). The deliberations of the independent international jury are over, and the short-list of 45 Action Projects that will be discussed at the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum is now available!

Promoting girls scientific excellence in Gabon.

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In the framework of capacity building for science education, UNESCO is organizing the workshop on the global Microscience Experiments in Gabon from 16 to 19 September 2013.

During the whole week, more than 50 teachers in science will be trained as trainers and will have to do several experiments in chemistry.

In addition to this workshop, a dedicated exhibition will be held to celebrate the International Year of Water Cooperation. This exhibition is organized by "Deyrolles pour l’avenir" under the new framework agreement between UNESCO and Deyrolle. Teachers who attend this event will go back to their school with posters on water cycle to make aware students of primary and secondary level on the importance of water, its rarity, and its value.

See more at: http://en.unesco.org/events/promoting-girls-scientific-excellence-gabon#...

WUCWO's activities at FAO - 2018

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Our presence at FAO has developed on two different levels:

  1. By participating to the life of FORUM on Catholic inspired NGOs
  2. As member of Ad Hoc Group (AhG)which gathers most of the NGOs  acknowledged by the FAO.

The work in AhG is mostly related to the main themes which are dealt at FAO and the possible contribution we can offer.

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WUCWO's activities at FAO, June 2016 - May 2017

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FAO (2 representatives)


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FAO's 41st Session in Rome - June 2019

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Our President General attending FAO's 41st Session Conference on "The State of Food and Agriculture: Migration, Agriculture and Rural Development" in Rome, 22-29 June 2019.

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WUCWO's activities at the Council of Europe - June 2018

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The migration monitoring unit


Migration: this unit is an alternative between retention and migration. A manual of good practices will be applied. NGO participation through human rights proposals.

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WUCWO's activities at the Council of Europe, June 2016 - May 2017


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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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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

European Ministers Agree: No Consensus on Abortion

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STRASBOURG, August 2, 2013 (C-FAM) European ministers disappointed abortion groups last month when they failed to say that abortion is a human right. They cited lack of consensus in Europe.


Monthly message May 2024

May 2024

"Mary arose and went with haste" (Lk 1:39) 

WUCWO 2024 Day

Dear friends of WUCWO:

We have just entered a very beautiful month, the month of May, especially dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It also coincides with the celebration of WUCWO Day on the 13th, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Finally, in many countries around the world, Mother's Day, so important and endearing to everyone, is celebrated this month. So many things to celebrate and be thankful for in May!

WUCWO Day reminds us that we are not alone, for we are part of a great universal network of prayer, joint actions and solidary support in which Catholic women around the world come together for training, sharing good practices, helping each other and working to transform the world, bringing to all mankind God’s Word and love.  This network, which extends to all corners of the world where our more than 100 organisations representing more than 8 million women, undoubtedly counts with the Lord's loving hand and Mary's infinite embrace.

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Monthly message April 2024

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For the role of women: Holy Father's Prayer Intention for the month of April

Dear friends,

This month, Pope Francis has invited us to pray “for the role of women” a gift that we cannot miss at WUCWO, joining our voices in prayer on a topic that concerns us all. “Let us not deny women a voice [...] Let us respect women,” the Pope reminds us. This message also calls us women to respect one another, to listen to one another, to marvel at the qualities of our fellow women, to learn from them and, above all, to walk the path of prayer together, praying for one another and always keeping our eyes on those who suffer the most. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMUs5H_pVFU

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Monthly message March 2024

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Accompany the suffering to be reborn and to pass from darkness to the light of hope in the Risen Lord. 

We believe in you, Lord Jesus. We believe that, with you, hope is reborn and the journey continues. 

Dear friends of WUCWO:

The days of the "Easter Triduum" begin; days in which we remember the death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We start with the Holy Thursday mass that reminds us of the last supper that Jesus had with his apostles, in which he instituted the Eucharist and the priesthood, as well as the washing of feet with which He taught his disciples and now teaches us how to serve others humbly. Have we learned from Jesus to serve others with humility, putting aside all kinds of protagonism?

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Monthly message February 2024

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Let us be prepared to assume our leadership in a Synodal Church in mission!

How many good things have been happening lately in the Church! especially with the beginning of the synodal process and the journey of the People of God towards a Church of communion, participation and mission that gets us closer to all, especially the most needy and vulnerable. With the Holy Father leading the way, we have placed ourselves more and more in the hands of the Holy Spirit who undoubtedly enlightens us to discover the Lord's plans for this moment in history.

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Monthly message January 2024

Image January 2024Let us entrust the new year to Mary, the Holy Mother of God. 

Our times, bereft of peace, need a Mother who can reunite the human family. (Pope Francis) 

Dear Friends of WUCWO:

There is no doubt that this new year begins in the midst of conflicts and situations that threaten peace in the world, in communities and in families; but it also starts with a great number of challenges, opportunities to do good things and, for us, women of faith, with many reasons for hope. Therefore, I want to write this message as a welcome to the new year full of light and hope, confident that Mary, our Mother, will be walking beside us day after day, watching over us, encouraging us and interceding so that the Lord grants each one of us the graces we need.

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Monthly message - December 2023

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“May the approaching Christmas season strengthen our commitment to open paths of peace”. (Pope Francis) 

Dear friends of WUCWO,

A year is coming to an end and, first of all, we must thank the Lord for the many blessings received. For us in WUCWO, it was an unforgettable experience to have had a private audience with the Pope. The Assembly in Assisi, where the perennial legacy of St. Francis and the light of the Holy Spirit guided us in defining the direction the organisation would take for the next 4 years, was also   wonderful. And what can we say about the Synod on Synodality? Witnessing such a transcendental moment in the life of the Church and the participation of women in it, as well as being able to collaborate in one way or another in the synodal process, will undoubtedly be something to tell future generations.

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Monthly message November 2023

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An urgent call to safeguard the world we inhabit. 

"…with the passage of time, I have realized that our responses have not been adequate, while the world in which we live is collapsing…” Pope Francis (LD 2)

Dear friends:

At the last Assembly in Assisi we adopted, among others, a resolution to work to correct the current global food crisis by promoting responsible consumption and reducing food waste. The resolution itself expresses that WUCWO women should engage in the urgent call to action enunciated in the Encyclical Laudato si' in relation to environmental and climate change issues, promoting ecological conversion.

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President General's Message

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Let us all join the Ecumenical Prayer Vigil for the forthcoming Synodal Assembly: “Together.” 

“The path to Christian unity and the path of synodal conversion of the Church are linked." Pope Francis


Dear friends of WUCWO,

As many of you will know, an ecumenical prayer vigil will be held on September 30 in St Peter’s Square in Rome to place the members of the Synod and the work of the Assembly in the hands of the Holy Spirit. It will be a historic event presided over by Pope Francis with 12 leaders from other Churches and Christian communities.  Together Christians of all denominations will unite in praise, silence and listening to the Word. That is why this initiative has been called "Together".

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Monthly message August 2023

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“Along with the young people we can boldly embrace the dream of God and blaze trails towards a joyful, generous and transforming participation, for the Church and for humanity”.

(Homily of His Holiness, Jeronimos Monastery, Lisbon, 2 August 2023)

Dear friends:

Now that the XXXVII World Youth Day has just concluded, I want to talk to you about the importance and urgency of working with and for young people. They bring us all their energy and creativity; they help us to be in closer contact with the world and infect us with their joy and enthusiasm. (It is enough to see the hundreds of videos that were circulated on this occasion). We, WUCWO women, can go to their encounter and help them discover the Lord in a world so polarized, violent, unfair and devoid of faith.

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Monthly message July 2023


Dear Friends,

We are living historic moments in the life of the Church. Since Pope Francis announced in 2015 that: "The path of synodality is the path that God expects for the Church in this new millennium", we have sought, with the grace of the Holy Spirit, to get closer and closer to a Church that listens; to a Church of communion, participation and mission.

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Monthly message June 2023


Dear Friends,

There are so many blessings received in recent days by WUCWO!  There is so much to thank the Lord for!

Let's start from the audience with Pope Francis, on May 13, WUCWO Day. About 1,900 women participated and listened to his words and guidelines. (Audience of the Holy Father with WUCWO). The Holy Father affirmed that "the identity of women is in danger" due to cultural policies and ideologies that "ignore the beauty with which they were created", and stressed the need for greater appreciation of their capacity for relationship and giving". He encouraged us to recover the elements that characterise their identity and their role in the family and in society: "Where there is no woman, there is loneliness… that breeds sadness and all manner of harm to humanity".

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Monthly message May 2023

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Dear friends:

As we approach the end of this WUCWO period (2018-2023), I think it is appropriate to make memory and take stock. In Italian, the etymology of the verb remember [ricordare] is “to bring to heart”. We started in Africa, at the General Assembly in Dakar, with the joy and welcome of so many wonderful women from our organisations in that region.

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Monthly message April 2023

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Assisi 2023: a "Franciscan" General Assembly. 

Dear friends:

As I stand before the Lord praying for the upcoming General Assembly, the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare take on greater relevance within me, as models of what we will live at our meeting in Assisi 2023.

Francis and Clare are saints who changed the relationship between man and nature in the Middle Ages. If we contemplate the countryside of Assisi, we will better understand how the famous Canticle of the Creatures was born there. We can make great strides in our commitment to transform the planet into our Common Home. Francis is considered the precursor of integral ecology. He listened to God through the "book of nature", he established a dialogue with the birds and the fish. If we go deeper into his spirituality, we will be able to find the key to the Laudato si' interpretation and application.

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Monthly message March 2023

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Dear friends,

on behalf of the women of WUCWO I would like to thank Pope Francis whom, since March 13, 2013 and following his predecessors, leads us deepening the application of the Second Vatican Council. For this, I invite you to recall his facts, speeches and actions from the beginning of his pontificate to this day in order to try to understand at least something of his Magisterium.

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Monthly message February 2023

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Dear friends,

The passion for evangelisation, that means, apostolic zeal, is a vital dimension for the Church, tells us the Pope in one of his last Wednesday catechesis. It seems important to me, with the grace of the Holy Spirit and following the pontifical magisterium, to deepen this aspect of WUCWO’s purpose, which is to promote the co-responsibility of women in evangelisation.

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Monthly message January 2023

Assisi 5Happy and fruitful Year 2023! 

St. John XXIII told the women of WUCWO: "Dear daughters: great are your responsibilities in today's world, which expects from you the light of your faith, the ardour of your hope and the zeal of your charity! May the extent of your influence be in proportion to the hopes it awakens!" (Audience of 3rd May 1961).

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Monthly message December 2022

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Welcome, protect, promote and integrate walking towards Assisi 2023.

Dear friends:

Days ago I was at the presentation of the autobiographic book of a woman who spent 30 years risking her life to create a space in which the victims of war and conflicts were protected. There I heard again the four verbs that Pope Francis gave us to address the problem of migrants and refugees: welcome, protect, promote and integrate. In the prayer of this morning, spontaneously arose inside of me a prayer that sounded like this:

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Monthly message November 2022

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Towards the General Assembly 2023 with Francis and Clare. 

Dear friends:

We started on the 1st of November 2022 the registration for the General Assembly. Our motto is: “Women of WUCWO: artisans of human fraternity for world peace”. Two great saints: Francis and Clare, lead us by the hand to Assisi 2023, from 14-20 May and to the private audience with Pope Francis, on Saturday 13th May, in Rome.

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Monthly message October 2022

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All WUCWO women are summoned to a private audience with Pope Francis on 13 May 2023; this event will be the threshold of our General Assembly in Assisi.

In this month of October, I entrust each one of you, women of our organisations, to Saint Therese of the Child Jesus (whom we celebrate on the 1st of this month) to guide our journey of conversion towards WUCWO with a synodal style that will be manifested in the audience with the Pope and in the Assembly 2023.

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Monthly message September 2022

image messaggio sett 2022 Dear friends,

This month I would like to invite you to join me in a thanksgiving to God for everything received at WUCWO. Three verbs come spontaneously to me: to listen, to share and to grow. Let me share with you just some of the good news I have recently collected and in some cases experienced, region by region.

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Monthly message August 2022

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“The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus” (EG 1). This is how I imagine our meeting will be like at the next General Assembly in Assisi, from 14 to 20 May 2023, preceded on 13 May by an audience with Pope Francis in Rome, to which all the women of WUCWO are invited. We are very grateful to the Holy Father!

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Monthly message July 2022

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“I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you”, this is how the story of the Last Supper begins and hence the title of the recent papal document, Desiderio desideravi, which Pope Francis has chosen to give us a new gift. It is a kind of meditation on the Liturgy, so that we may recover the “wonder” in the face of mystery and allow ourselves to be penetrated by the One who unites Truth and Beauty in Himself. “Beauty, just like truth, always engenders wonder, and when these are referred to the mystery of God, they lead to adoration” (DD 25).

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Monthly message June 2022

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Called and calling to holiness.

Dear friends,

A saint is a masterpiece of God”, used to say my father and master of spiritual life, the Servant of God Luis María Etcheverry Boneo, founder of the Servidoras. It is by God’s Spirit working in us and with us that we can respond to the call to holiness and, in turn, call others to walk together towards that goal (4th resolution of the Dakar General Assembly, 2018).

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Monthly message May 2022

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The face of Christ reflected in women of the Roman Curia. 

Until now, the offices of prefect and secretary of the dicasteries of the Roman Curia could only be held by those in Holy Orders. Obviously, women were excluded.

Since the recent apostolic constitution Praedicate Evangelium, women, lay or consecrated, as well as bishops, priests, religious or lay persons, can serve the Church in the position of a prefect or secretary of a dicastery.

The Preamble of the document says: “The Pope, bishops and other ordained ministers are not the only evangelisers in the Church... Every Christian, by virtue of Baptism, is a missionary disciple to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus”. From this derives the participation of lay men and women in the positions of governance and responsibility.

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Monthly message April 2022

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Dear friends,

At this time, it seems of vital importance that we take up our position as women builders of peace in a Church which goes forth.

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Monthly message March 2022

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Let us work as a laboratory for peace and dignity 

“Peace and dignity” are characteristic of the efforts of so many women, even more so if we are Catholics. “Catholic” means “universal”: concretely, we want to express that we have “a global heart” that embraces people and communities of the planet, especially those who are suffering most from violence and those who live where their dignity is trampled on, knowing that this situation has been exacerbated by the pandemic.

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Monthly message February 2022

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The fabric of our resilience.

Dear friends,

This morning, on Vatican News I read an article that made me shudder: “Every minute, 15 people die in the world due to lack of access to healthcare, the impacts of the climate crisis, hunger and gender-based violence” (source: Oxfam report, The Pandemic of Inequality). In the face of this dismaying information, God forbid that we become entangled in the “globalisation of indifference” that Pope Francis repeatedly denounces!

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Monthly Message January 2022

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Let us plan a year of synodal learning.

Dear friends,

There have been many milestones in the history of the Church. The major one in the last century was the Second Vatican Council. As a consequence of it, the Church has entered another turning point: the Synod 2021-2023, whose theme is “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.” Never before in human history has there been a greater consultation. It is the Catholic Church that is calling together - not just a group of bishops to speak on behalf of their flock as in other synods - the 1.4 billion baptised members of the People of God. It is an authentically “Catholic” process, that is to say, a universal process, to be led by the Holy Spirit.

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Monthly message December 2021

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Let us tune in to the heart of our Mother this Christmas. 

Dear friends, 

“The great temptation in times of crisis or difficulty is to shut oneself away to take care of the little one has, waiting, hidden and cherishing memories, for better times to come” (Letter of Pope Francis to IFCA, 9 November 2021). Living an Advent and Christmas “as usual” can be a strong temptation this December 2021, when the pandemic - which has not completely left us - has forced us to withdraw into ourselves and, in a certain sense, to slow down the progress of our organisations.

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Monthly message November 2021

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Family, home, dignity.

Dear friends,

This month will be marked by the World Day of the Poor. In his message for this day, 14 November 2021, Pope Francis explains that there is a “powerful ‘empathy’ established between Jesus and the woman”.

We, the women of WUCWO, should be filled with deep joy and gratitude meditating on this empathetic relationship with Jesus. Empathy is a positive attitude that allows us to establish a particularly affective and healthy relationship of coexistence with Jesus and of identification and affinity with Him, at the same time as it assures us reciprocity, that is to say, the knowledge that He listens to us, understands our problems, emotions and longings and makes them His own.

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Monthly message October 2021

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Let's make the invisible women visible.

Dear friends,

In Gaudete et exsultate, Pope Francis talked about the saints “next door,” referring to people who, on a daily basis and without anyone noticing, live responding to the call to holiness. Often these are women who, because of their low profile, are “invisible” not only to the press but also to many of those around them. The same is true for the most vulnerable women. The situation of pain, deprivation and anguish in which they are immersed is not visible, it does not make the news. We live with women who carry out good practices and with women who suffer from modern day slavery, but for most of their contemporaries they are “invisible” women.

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WUCWO President's message of September

The power of prayer and penance

Dear friends,

we have seen with horror the pictures of Afghan mothers throwing their children through barbed wire fences to save their lives... heart breaking gestures of love of the women from such a suffering land! Afghanistan is rich in gold and other minerals; it has a strategic geopolitical position that has suffered several foreign occupations, and its territory is plagued by land mines that produce about 120 deaths per month, among other sufferings. How can we not commiserate with such tragedies!

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Monthly message August 2021

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How and why to love the poor

Dear friends,

On 13 June, Pope Francis gave us his message for the 5th World Day of the Poor, which will take place on 14 November 2021. As all the women of WUCWO, who wish to sentire cum Ecclesia (“think and feel with the Church”), we have to prepare ourselves and our organisations; that’s why I recommend you to read and meditate on the Pope’s message. We can pray with it.

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Monthly message July 2021

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About the so-called “human right to abortion”

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“Let us save both lives!” The life of the unborn child and the life of the mother are both a gift that humanity, not only Christians, must strive to save and care for throughout their development. With the advances of science, it is increasingly evident that the euphemism “voluntary termination of pregnancy” is a crime. We are not dealing with a truth of faith, but with a reality that any conscious and upright human being can recognise: the life of an innocent person, evolving in the womb, and the life of the mother which, often for justified reasons, is at risk.

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Monthly message June 2021

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Dear friends,

June is the month which traditionally, both for great saints and for the simplest of God's people, is dedicated especially to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. To that Heart which reminds us that God loved us first and ardently desired to eat the Passover with each one of us. It is precisely Corpus Christi, the presence of the Lord in the Eucharist, that we celebrate during this month.

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Monthly message May 2021

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Towards a synodal Church and a synodal WUCWO

Dear friends,

We are trying to emerge from this pandemic that will be marked in the history of humanity as a great crisis. Pope Francis repeats to us that “we never come out of a crisis the same: one comes out better or worse.” And we, women of WUCWO, live rooted in faith in the Risen Christ who urges us to live this Easter season 2021 with hope in the coming of the Holy Spirit who will “make all things new” (Rev 21:5).

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Monthly message April 2021

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With a mother’s and father’s heart.


Dear friends,

Since 19 March we have been living the “Amoris Laetitia Family” Year, which will culminate on 26 June 2022 with the 10th World Meeting of Families in Rome. At the same time, as you know, Pope Francis gave us a beautiful letter, Patris corde, on 8 December 2020, with which he launched the Year of Saint Joseph. Both celebrations go hand in hand and constitute for us a source of grace to develop within ourselves a mother's and a father's heart.

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Now more than ever, in this situation caused by the Coronavirus, we as women feel we are co-responsible, together with men, to think and reflect on Fratelli tutti in order to raise awareness and educate towards the application of the treasure that the encyclical means for humanity. In this way we will move from the uncertainty in which we live to the certainty of the objective to be achieved: fraternity-sorority and social friendship, from indifference to commitment, from consumer individualism to generous solidarity, from isolation to social fabric, from declarations to facts.

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Monthly Message March 2021

Monthly message March 2021

WUCWO women: at prayer, fraternal and missionary

Dear friends,

We are living a particular year in human history because we are trying to get ahead of the global crisis generated by Covid-19. The virus worsened the situations of injustice and the tragedies that a large part of humanity and our planet already suffered. As the Pope often reminds us: you never get out of a crisis the same, either better or worse.

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Monthly message February 2021


Working together for a culture of care.

Dear friends,

we begin this year with a strong and tender call from the Holy Father: “I ask everyone to […] become a prophetic witness of the culture of care, working to overcome the many existing social inequalities. This can only come about through a widespread and meaningful involvement on the part of women, in the family and in every social, political and institutional sphere. […] Promoting a culture of care calls for a process of education. The ‘compass’ of social principles can prove useful and reliable in a variety of interrelated contexts. Let me offer a few examples:

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A field hospital to heal the victims and the creation.

The crisis of the Coronavirus is not only a health crisis, for it also has repercussions in many areas: economy, politics, our family environment and that of our organisations. It was not present in science fiction bestsellers or in the collective imagination. This global and complex crisis aggravates the climatic, migratory, discriminatory and enslaving hardships already existing in humanity. “Those who fail to view a crisis in the light of the Gospel simply perform an autopsy on a cadaver. They see the crisis, but not the hope and the light brought by the Gospel.” (Pope Francis to the Roman Curia, 21 December 2020).

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Monthly Message December 2020

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Together with Mary, let us weave humanity into this our time


Dear friends,

“«When the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman» (Gal 4:4). Born of woman: Jesus came in this way. […] In the womb of a woman, God and mankind are united, never to be separated again. Even now, in heaven, Jesus lives in the flesh that he took in his mother’s womb.” (Pope Francis, homily of 1 January 2020)

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Let us switch from “the others” to “us”

Dear friends,

If we listen to Jesus, who, in his spiritual testament during the Last Supper, implored aloud: “May they all be one, just as, Father, you are in me and I am in you, so that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe it was you who sent me” (Jn 17:21), we will welcome into our souls what Pope Francis is recently always repeating to us: "no one is saved alone," which is a certain echo of that plea of Our Lord.

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Monthly Message October 2020


Reception of the encyclical Fratres Omnes

Dear friends,

This October 2020 will start, for the Church and the world, with a new encyclical entitled Fratres Omnes. It will be like a ray of sunshine in the midst of the fog of uncertainty that surrounds our planet. Contrary to what happens during lockdown, when everything comes to a standstill or decreases, the Holy Spirit is bringing about his powerful activity through the Pope's magisterium.

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Monthly Message September 2020

Monthly Message September 2020


Dear friends,

“What the Lord is asking of us is already in some sense present in the very word “synod”. Journeying together — laity, pastors, the Bishop of Rome — is an easy concept to put into words, but not so easy to put into practice” (50th Anniversary of the Institution of the Synod of Bishops), Pope Francis told us five years ago.

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Monthly message August 2020

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The Pope, last March 27 in the extraordinary prayer from St. Peter's Square, pointed out to us what we left behind: “The storm exposes our vulnerability” he told us, making us see that we have lost the security of our agendas, projects and routines. “The façade of those stereotypes with which we camouflaged our egos has fallen away" as our western pride of feeling omnipotent masters of science and progress has fallen.

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On the occasion of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, 30th of July 2020, our President General María Lía Zervino recorded a message to remember us that all forms of modern slavery are crimes against humanity.

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Monthly message July 2020

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Dear friends,

how nice it is to hear the sound of the bells when you arrive in a city! How nice it is to perceive the echo of a woman when she has been fully a woman in her life!

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Monthly message June 2020

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Laudato Si' is our road map as women of faith.

Dear friends,

five years ago, Pope Francis gave us a new “treasure” of the Social Doctrine of the Church: Laudato Si'. Today we can tell that it is a prophetic encyclical. The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the deep connection and interdependence of all of us who live in the Common Home.

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Monthly message May 2020

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especially during this crisis.

Dear friends,

Mary is the model of a resilient woman. Who else had the capacity to face the crisis of the Passion and Death of her Son? Who else could overcome the change that meant taking Christians as "sons" from the Resurrection? “The Church is a woman,” Pope Francis repeatedly tells us. In the context of the globalisation of the Coronavirus, Mary, the resilient woman par excellence, is the model who teaches us what steps to take on the path to holiness, particularly to those of us who have a responsibility for leadership in the Church, as is the case with each of the women in WUCWO.

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Monthly message April 2020


May the pandemic that confines us to our homes be our Easter.

Dear friends,

this is “our time.” It is the time of our Lenten conversion to transform “a time of pandemic ” into “a time of Easter.” It is our “kayros” (the time designated in God's plan) to born again with Jesus to new life. The Church leads us to con-version, that is, to receive the grace to change the “version” of our life in the face of the great trial that currently besets humanity.

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Letter of the WUCWO President on the global Coronavirus crisis

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Dear friends,

I am writing to you while looking at a crucifix, which speaks of the love of our God who has come close, who has wanted to show his weakness until his death on the Cross, to accompany us, to guide us on the path to Salvation.

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Monthly Message March 2020

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Dear friends,

this month I would like to tell you why, how and what for we celebrated the International Women's Day in Rome with an ecumenical and interreligious meeting with women leaders from different perspectives: Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, ecumenical and Catholic. We have done this in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the sponsorship of the Embassies to the Holy See of the Netherlands, Austria, the Philippines and Argentina.

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Monthly Message February 2020

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Dear friends,

on January 10th we had a private audience with Pope Francis. After such a gift to WUCWO, I decided to tell you about this wonderful experience in this message for the month of February 2020. What an immense grace to share!

I went with Father Gerry, our Ecclesiastical Assistant, and Andrea Ezcurra, Board member for Argentina who is only in Rome for a few months, temporarily acting as Secretary General.

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Monthly Message January 2020

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Year 2020: WUCWO going forth.

Dear friends,

by the grace of God, we begin a new year of life. WUCWO itself is called to give birth to a new year of life. Based on our long trajectory and on our very rich history, we are heading towards the 110th anniversary of our foundation, which we will celebrate in 2020. It is a propitious time for us to grow. As the present pontifical magisterium requires of us, a growing WUCWO means: "WUCWO going forth".

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Monthly Message December 2019

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Promoters of the revolution of tenderness of the Child Jesus.

A few days ago, I had the grace of being able to make a spiritual retreat. You, dear women of WUCWO, were always present in my prayers; I prayed for your intentions and gave thanks for your gifts and riches. I was able to do so in a retreat house a few kilometres north of Rome, run by an international community of religious sisters. These sisters, coming from different continents, with their different languages, reminded me of the diversity of faces and cultures that characterise our meetings: assemblies, Board meetings, regional conferences, live-streamed formation meetings.

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Message of the PG - November 2019

María Lía Zervino, Servidora


"In so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me" (Mt 25:40), Jesus said to us.

May our path to holiness lead us, dear friends, to caring for and promoting the new generations.

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October 2019, message of WUCWO President General


María Lía Zervino, Servidora


On October 1, we celebrated the liturgy of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. St. John Paul II, as he proclaimed her Doctor of the Church, said that she had received "the science of divine love" from the Master; that is why, this month, I invite you to share the example of her life.

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Monthly message September 2019


The Amazon is burning: life is dying out.

Dear friends,

what will we, women of WUCWO, do in the face of this scourge that is attacking our planet? Aren’t we "carriers of living water" as we stated at our last General Assembly in Dakar in October 2018?

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Monthly message August 2019


The better part that will not be taken from us

"Darlyn, Jakelin, Felipe, Juan, Wilmer, Carlos" are the names of the children recited by those who lay down on the floor of the US Senate building, forming the shape of a cross with their bodies. According to Vatican News, these migrant children died in federal custody facilities. Before carrying out that civil disobedience, lay and religious men and women had prayed in the garden of Capitol Hill (Washington DC), had heard testimonies of migrants terrified by the idea of losing their children, and had read messages from bishops supporting protest against immigration policy, in particular for families and children. The demonstrators, including priests and nuns, were arrested by the police.

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Monthly message July 2019

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WUCWO women: let’s get down to work

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Monthly Message May 2019

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Today I’ve had the opportunity to go to the church of San Pietro in Vincoli, a temple which is very visited because it guards the chains with which the apostle Peter was imprisoned and it also contains the extraordinary sculpture of the Moses by Michelangelo. There, before the Blessed Sacrament, I asked the Lord for his inspiration to write to you the message of May 2019. 

On May 13, the date chosen to celebrate the founding of WUCWO, we will turn 109, by the grace of God. 

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Monthly Message June 2019


On Sunday, June 9, we will receive the Holy Spirit. What a source of grace and conversion for all of us! "When comes… the Spirit of truth… he will be my witness. And you too will be my witnesses…" (Jn 15:26).

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Letter to Cardinal Ranjit of Sri Lanka from WUCWO's President General

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This is the letter that our President General wrote to Cardinal Ranjit to express her heartfelt condolences for the victims of the attacks in Sri Lanka.


Your Eminence,

it is with deep sorrow that we write to you on behalf of all the Catholic women of the member organisations of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO), to express our spiritual closeness and deep compassion for the victims, the wounded, their families and the entire Catholic community, which was so tragically affected.

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Monthly Message April 2019

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Mary stood near the Cross (cf. John 19:25)

We are in Lent and soon we will enter the Holy Week. I propose that we live this period towards Easter in Mary’s hand, in order to be reborn through her, with Jesus, to a new life.

As WUCWO women we are entering a new period, which requires the best of each one of us and of our organisations, to follow the steps that our Holy Father Francis is tracing in the Church and in the world. He tells us today: “In the heart of the Curch, Mary shines forth” (Christus Vivit, March 25, 2019).

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Message of the President General for International Women's Day 2019


Today, can we say that women are promoters of hope when there are so many gaping wounds? A planet that cries out for the destruction of human beings, and human beings themselves, in particular women and children, that are subjected to slavery, contempt and discrimination and whose cry we want to silence.

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Monthly Message December 2018

Mensaje Adviento

This message for the month of December 2018 contains three points: to make the exhortation of Pope Francis on this first Sunday of Advent our own, to offer a word to the young women, and to give thanks.

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Monthly Message January 2019

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 Mary and the Church are a Mother


Dear friends,on January 1 we celebrate the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.

Both Mary and the Church conceive and give birth at Christmas, by the grace of the Holy Spirit.

Through participation in the motherhood of the Blessed Virgin and of the Church, women who belong to a member organisation, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, are giving birth to a new period in the history of WUCWO.

But... how to give birth today? By applying the message of Pope Francis for the 2019 World Day of Peace. The Holy Father tells us that political responsibility does not only belong to the ones who govern, but also to each citizen.

Dear friends, our political commitment - which is one of the highest expressions of charity - should lead us to concern ourselves with the future of human life and the planet: with women and their children in gestation, with the youngest and most vulnerable members in the family.

I would like this to be part of our spirituality, of our daily prayer and of our commitment to action, just like the Holy Spirit inspired us in our resolutions of the General Assembly in Senegal.

And may the Word, which became flesh, dwell among us! May you have a Happy and Holy Year!



Mensaje febrero

In February 2019, what temperature do we have?

Let's take today's world temperature. In the northern hemisphere, we usually suffer a lot of cold, whereas in most of the southern hemisphere, a lot of heat. But let's use the thermometer to measure the temperatures of our society.

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Message of the President General for the WUCWO DAY, 13th May 2017

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Monthly Message November 2018

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Dear friends,

let me introduce you to my vision of WUCWO and then to its structure and functioning.

Each person, each living being and each organisation, if it does not grow, diminishes little by little and finally dies. And Jesus told us: "You shall know them by their fruits" (Mt 7:16).

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Birthday greeting from the President General to the Holy Father

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Dear Pope Francis,


today we, the women of WUCWO (World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations), pray in a special way for you and wish you a very happy and holy birthday!

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Monthly Message October 2018

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Dear friends,

this month we will add special intentions in our daily prayers for the good results of our General Assembly in Senegal.

May our gathering be an event of prayer, communion, friendship, mutual acceptance and support.

I humbly ask all those who cannot participate to make the participants feel their closeness and support. Each organisation, single member can find its own way to offer prayers for WUCWO General Assembly.

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Message for the Advent

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We are entering  the Advent time. After the Jubilee of the Extraordinary year of Mercy we continue to experience God’s mercy in our daily life. Advent is the time of memory, invocation and expectance of the coming of the Lord. Advent    brings us to the heart of the Christian mystery. We need to be vigilant and ready to enter Christ’s mystery of His incarnation, his dwelling among us.

Marana thà!

Monthly Message September 2018

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Next month we will celebrate our General Assembly in Dakar.

All WUCWO women are praying so that it may be a real moment of communion, sharing, friendship, and a living testimony of the Church, spouse of Christ, “sent by the Risen Christ to pass on to men and women the forgiveness of sins and thereby make the Kingdom of love grow, to sow peace in hearts so that they may also be strengthened in relationships, in every society, in institutions.” (Pope Francis, Regina Caeli, April 7th 2013)

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Celebration of the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene (July 22nd 2016)

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Dear Friends,

As you know, Pope Francis  has decided to elevate the celebration of the Memorial of St. Mary Magdalene (July 22nd) to the dignity of a liturgical feast.

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In the Office of Readings proposed to celebrate the Assumption of Our Lady, we find a passage taken from the letter to the Ephesians (1,16 – 2,10) in which St Paul states that God “raised us up with him and gave us a place with him in heaven, in Christ Jesus” (2,6). This can happen because of the immense mercy, forgiveness of our Creator. The same forgiveness shown by Jesus to the woman in Simon’s house( Lk 7,48).

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Letter to mark International Women's Day

March 8th 2016 International Women’s Day

The annual celebration of the International Women’s Day on March 8th invites us to reflect about women in the various realities where WUCWO has been committed for more than 100 years for the respect and promotion of the dignity of women in every field. Many steps have been taken but there is still a long way to go.

Pope Francis is encouraging us very much, we are aware that his message is addressed to everybody and asks everyone to make a deep change of sensitivity: “The Church acknowledges the indispensable contribution which women make to society through the sensitivity, intuition and other distinctive skill sets which they, more than men, tend to possess.”(EG 103)… stressing that “demands that the legitimate rights of women be respected, based on the firm conviction that men and women are equal in dignity, present the Church with profound and challenging questions which cannot be lightly evaded”. (EG 104)

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On our way towards Dakar we need to reflect more and more about the challenges we face in order to discuss and find together the best actions to contribute and bring justice and peace in such globalised indifference.

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Monthly Message June 2018

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We celebrated Pentecost a few weeks ago.

The power of the Holy Spirit pushed, enhanced the apostles to go all over the world to bring the Good News. WUCWO women commit to be carriers of “living water” wherever people are thirsty for it; where they are not respected, where life is not preserved, where the human dignity is trampled, where people are suffering because of hunger, conflicts, persecutions, and wars.

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Monthly message May 2018

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This month is dedicated to Our Lady, and we want to put under her special protection our path towards our General Assembly and all WUCWO life. This year May 13th –WUCWO day – will fall on Sunday, so we have the possibility to involve more people in the celebration.

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This month opens with Easter Sunday! What a joyful day for Christians! The spring of our hope! The free gift of salvation offered by the merciful Lord through Jesus who offered himself to expiate our sins.

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Monthly Message March 2018


In this month, while we prepare for the celebration of the centre of our faith, the Death and Resurrection of our Saviour, we also celebrate the feast of the Annunciation. Mary is the icon of the carrier of “living water.” She is the one who accepted to give human flesh to our Lord. Yet, She admits her limits, she is aware of her poor human reality, and She accepts the proposal benevolently.

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Monthly Message February 2018

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This month we want to start our preparation for the General Assembly to be held next October.

WUCWO women are eager to move towards Dakar to celebrate our General Assembly together. “WUCWO women: carriers of ‘living water’”.

Water always accompanies the miracles made by Jesus at the presence of Mary, his mother. Mary, who accompanies every path starting from the one to Elizabeth and ending in Jerusalem to follow Jesus, is our best example as carrier of living water.

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Monthly Message January 2018


Dear friends,

serene and fruitful 2018!

This year will see WUCWO women committed in the preparation of our General Assembly to be held in Dakar next October.

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During this month we prepare to celebrate the incarnation of our Lord Jesus. As St Paul says in his beautiful hymn Jesus “being in the form of God, did not count equality with God something to be grasped. But he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming as human beings are and being in every way like a human being” (Ph 2, 6-7).

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Monthly Message November 2017

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This month starts with the celebration of the All Saints’ Day. It is our feast, for we are called to sanctify. Lumen Gentium, the 2nd Vatican Council Dogmatic Constitution, dedicates its 5th chapter to the explanation of the universal vocation to sanctity in the Church.

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Monthly Message October 2017


This month is dedicated in a special way to the Mission of the Church. “The pilgrim Church is missionary by her very nature, since it is from the mission of the Son and the mission of the Holy Spirit that she draws her origin, in accordance with the decree of God the Father.” (Ad Gentes 2)

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Monthly Message September 2017

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Pope Francis, during his general audiences on Wednesdays, is carrying on his catechesis about HOPE. As WUCWO women we are all committed to sow hope, especially in the family, among youth and suffering people, with a specific attention to women.

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On July 29th it was the 4th anniversary of the kidnapping of  a missionary Father Fausto Dall’Oglio,  in Syria. He is a Jesuit who, in the 1980s,  re-established in Syria the Catholic-Syriac Monastic community of Mar Musa (Monastery of Saint Moses Abyssinia), the heir to a cenobitic and hermitic tradition dating back to the 6th century. The monastery, located in the desert north of Damascus, also welcomes members of Orthodox religion. Father Fausto Dall'Oglio is strongly engaged in interreligious dialogue with the Islamic world.  He decided to be committed to such an effort convinced that the only way towards peace is dialogue and mutual respect.  

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Monthly Message July 2017

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In this month, we celebrate the feast of St Mary Magdalene, “Apostola Apostolorum”, Apostle of the Apostles. She was a disciple of Jesus, following Him till His crucifixion, and the first witness of His resurrection. She brought the good news of His resurrection to the apostles. This is the reason given by the Congregation for the Divine Cult of the Holy See when last year her feast was established. This decision was also made to foster the attention and reflection about the role of women in the mission of the Church.

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This month we worship the Heart of Jesus in a special way. We want to put under His Sacred heart also our commitment: “A Minute for Peace”. All over the world we need peace. Every day we receive news about terrorist attacks; some become viral, while some others are less known, because they happen in countries which are not under the spotlights.

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Monthly Message May 2017

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This month dedicated to the Holy Virgin sees also the celebration of WUCWO day on 13th, the day of the apparition of Our Lady in Fatima. And this year is the centenary of the Apparition. This is a further encouragement to carry on our WUCWO commitment at all levels; we need to be responsible to work for the promotion of women and each of us is to be involved in such task.

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Monthly Message April 2017

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This month we will celebrate the highest moment, the peak of our faith, the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Saviour. Thinking about Jesus, offering Himself for our salvation, we cannot ignore God’s mercifulness. And this is so much present in the liturgy we celebrate.

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Monthly Message March 2017

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The title of the Apostolic Letter “Misericordia et Misera” refers to two words used by St Augustine “in recounting the story of Jesus’ meeting with the woman taken in adultery”. Very often women who meet Jesus are not accepted in the society because of their life. They are judged, discriminated, isolated and condemned.

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Monthly Message February 2017

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Continuing the reflection on the letter Misericordia and Misera  we need to meditate about mercy as Pope Francis encourages  it  “must continue to be celebrated and lived out in our communities. Mercy cannot become a mere parenthesis in the life of the Church; it constitutes her very existence, through which the profound truths of the Gospel are made manifest and tangible. Everything is revealed in mercy; everything is resolved in the merciful love of the Father.” (MM1)

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Monthly Message January 2017


At the end of the year of Mercy we were blessed to experience  last year, Pope Francis offered his  apostolic letter “Misericordia et Misera” in which he encourages “to look to the future and to understand how best to continue, with joy, fidelity and enthusiasm, experiencing the richness of divine mercy. Our communities can remain alive and active in the work of the new evangelization in the measure that the “pastoral conversion” to which we are called will be shaped daily by the renewing force of mercy. Let us not limit its action; let us not sadden the Spirit, who constantly points out new paths to take in bringing to everyone the Gospel of salvation.” (MM5)

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Monthly Message December 2016


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After the official closing of the Year of the Jubilee of Mercy we continue to reflect on the characteristics indicated by Pope Francis in his speech at the Roman Curia in December 2015. This is the last letter of the word MISERICORDIA, namely A, corresponding to the words accountability and sobriety.

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Monthly Message November 2016

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On November 20th, the Holy Door of St Peter’s basilica in Rome will be closed, and the extraordinary year of the Jubilee of Mercy will be concluded. We continue with the reflection about the single letters of the word “MISERICORDIA”.

This month, the words are Intrepidness and Alertness.

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Monthly Message October 2016

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On September 20th 2016 the World Day of Prayer  for Peace “Thirst for peace: faiths and cultures in dialogue” was held in Assisi. During this event Pope Francis in his address encourages us react to the “virus that paralyses, rendering us lethargic and insensitive, a disease that eats away at the very heart of religious fervour, giving rise to a new and deeply sad paganism: the paganism of indifference. We cannot remain indifferent. Today the world has a profound thirst for peace. In many countries, people are suffering due to wars which, though often forgotten, are always the cause of

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Monthly Message September 2016

On Sunday 4th Mother Teresa will be canonised. She is the symbol of humility. Respectfulness and humility: those are the two words I want to propose this month following the scheme given by Pope Francis  reflecting on each letter of the word MISERICORDIA (in Latin). “Respectfulness is an endowment of those noble and tactful souls who always try to show genuine respect for others, for their own work, for their superiors and subordinates, for dossiers and papers, for confidentiality and privacy, who can listen carefully and speak politely. Humility is the virtue of the saints and those godly persons who become all the more important as they come to realize that they are nothing, and can do nothing, apart from God’s grace (cf. Jn 15:8).” (Pope Francis)

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Monthly Message August 2016


The central solemnity of the month of August is the Assumption of the Holy Virgin to the Heaven.

A solemnity which reminds us of the final goal, task of our life. During this year of the Jubilee of Mercy we have received many occasions to reflect  on God’s mercy. We, every month, have been following the words given by Pope Francis to live fully the experience of mercy. This month the words are openness and maturity. ”openness is honesty and rectitude, consistency and absolute sincerity with regard both to ourselves and to God. An honest and open person does not act virtuously only when he or she is being watched; honest persons have no fear of being caught, since they never betray the trust of others. An honest person is never domineering like the “wicked servant” (cf. Mt24:48-51), with regard to the persons or matters entrusted to his or her care. Honesty is the foundation on which all other qualities rest.”  

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Monthly Message July 2016

This month the World Youth Day will be celebrated in Cracow. Its motto is “Blessed are the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them”(Mt 5,7). The theme of mercy  is connected with the two words, charity and truth, we want to offer, this month,  for reflection continuing the comment to the words taken from the spelling of the word MISERICORDIA made by Pope Francis . As the Holy Father says , they are “two inseparable virtues of the Christian life, “speaking the truth in charity and practising charity in truth” (cf.Eph 4:15). To the point where charity without truth becomes a destructive ideology of complaisance and truth without charity becomes myopic legalism.” (Address of the Pope Francis to the Roman Curia, 21 December 2015).

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Monthly Message June 2016


This month, which is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we continue by reflecting about the single letters that make up the word “misericordia” according to the scheme followed by Pope Francis during a meeting held on December 21st  2015.  

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Monthly Message May 2016


Happy Wucwo Day

This month we celebrate WUCWO Day which is an extraordinary moment to reflect and pray for our  commitment.

With the joy of the gift of Amoris Laetitia let’s continue to meditate about the word MISERICORDIA following the single letters suggested by Pope Francis.

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Monthly Message March 2016

Let’s continue with the acrostic analysis of the leading word for this Jubilee year MISERICORDIA (mercy).

This month the words are spirituality and humanity.

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Message from the Ecclesiastical Assistant for Easter

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Dear sisters. Easter is not an arrival point but rather a starting point. I am moved and reverently contemplating the women who, on Easter morning, approached the sepulchre without letting anything or anyone stop them, even knowing that they could never move the stone. I wonder what strength, passion, and confidence encouraged them? Whatever it was, brought without any doubt, the Risen Lord to meet them and entrust them with the news that they rushed to announce: ""The Master is alive!" (Lk 24, 23).

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Christmas Message from the Ecclesiastical Assistant

Natale 2022 sitoWalking around Rome, looking at the window displays, visiting the churches, contemplating the cribs and attending prayer meetings, I came across a phrase that led me to reflect on the meaning of Christmas. This advertising phrase says “All you need is make-up”. I asked myself then, is this really what I need to live fully as God wants when he is born in our midst?

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New Ecclesiastical Assistant: Father Marcelo Gidi Thumala, SJ

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The Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life has appointed as Ecclesiastical Assistant to WUCWO Fr Marcelo Gidi Thumala, a Jesuit, professor of Canon Law at the Gregorian University, with years of experience working with the laity in his country (Chile) but now residing in Rome.

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25th Sacerdotal anniversary of WUCWO's Ecclesiastical Assistant

Fr. Gerard Whelan

We congratulate Father Gerard Whelan, and thank God for his fertile priestly service. We invite all WUCWO women to pray for him.


20141218   Gerry Whelan messageOur 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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During the Executive Board Meeting of WUCWO on July 24th I offered the following reflections to open our meeting. I remarked on the fact that for the two previous days the Church had been celebrating women saints.  

WUCWO participates in CSW 68 at the UN in New York with a side event on the prevention and elimination of violence and discrimination against women in Africa

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The President General of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO), Mónica Santamarina, was in New York at the end of March for the 68th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 68), where she participated in various events and meetings, together with Barbara Dowding, Regional Vice-President for North America, and Maribeth Stewart, WUCWO International Representative at the United Nations, New York. Among the various activities, WUCWO organised, with its Women's World Observatory (WWO), a side event sponsored by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation:

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Members of the Tanzania diocese visit WUCWO

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In recent days, the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations (WUCWO) had the opportunity to host some members of the Tanzania diocese, who shared valuable insights on the crucial role of working with younger generations and women's access to education. Among the visitors were Evaline Malisa Ntenga, WUCWO's Regional Vice President for Africa; Professor Deogratias, President of the Laity in Tanzania; Mr. Dalmas, President of the Laity in Zanzibar; Mr. Leonard, Youth Representative of Tanzania, and Theresia from the Early Childhood Society, accompanied by her mother Stellah.

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8 February: Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking

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WUCWO joins the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking 
On Thursday, February 8, the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) will partner in the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. This day, organized by Talitha Kum, aims to make a joint effort to raise awareness and combat a scourge that, to this day, remains prevalent. Talitha Kum, the international network of religious sisters committed to the fight against trafficking, aims to raise awareness in society about this serious violation of human rights. That's why we encourage WUCWO members to also participate in this moment of prayer and reflection.

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Eradicating Violence Against Women: A Global Call to Solidarity and Action with WUCWO

eradicating violence.jpgOn 1 December 2023, a significant event to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was held at the evocative Villa Bonaparte in Rome, home of the French Embassy to the Holy See.

The initiative, promoted by H.E. Madame Florence Mangin, Ambassador of France to the Holy See, and H.E. Madame Annemieke Ruigrok, Ambassador of the Netherlands to the Holy See, in collaboration with the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO), gave voice to several female ambassadors to the Holy See and institutional representatives who presented measures and interventions adopted in their countries to inform, raise awareness and above all combat gender-based violence.

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Mónica Santamarina in El Debate


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Mónica Santamarina in El Debate: Driving the Participation of Catholic Women in the Church and Society. 


Mónica Santamarina, interviewed in November in El Debate, offers a detailed vision of the work of WUCWO and explains her perspective on the role of women in the Church.

Santamarina, recently elected as President, sets priorities for the next four years, including the consolidation of the World Women’s Observatory, the work on the side of the Synod to promote the participation of women and the attention to issues such as migrants, refugee women, religious freedom, hunger and food shortage, as well as ecological conversion.

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"Women's Cry" Photographic Exhibition Makes Impact in New York

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The "Women's Cry" photographic exhibition, curated by Lia Beltrami in collaboration with the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations (WUCWO) through its World Women's Observatory (WWO), has landed in New York during the United Nations General Assembly's 78th session. This powerful exhibition, initially displayed in St. Peter's Square last May with the collaboration of the Vatican's Dicastery for Communication, is a testament to the resilience of women in remote areas and conflict-ridden countries.

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World Day of Migrants and Refugees - September 24

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This year, the theme chosen by the Holy Father for this important day is “free to choose whether to migrate or to stay” that makes us reflect on the fundamental right for individuals to decide for themselves whether or not to leave their homeland.

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Breaking Barriers

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In an effort to address discrimination and promote equal opportunities for women in Latin America and the Caribbean, the World Women's Observatory (WWO) of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO) and the Socio-Anthropological Pastoral Observatory of the Knowledge Management Center of the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM) have presented the results of the study "Discrimination and Participation of Latin American and Caribbean Women: A Look from and towards Our Church."

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"Women's Cry" at the "Women Deliver" 2023 International Conference


Filmmaker and Art Director Lia Beltrami Presented the "Women's Cry" Project at the "Women Deliver" 2023 International Conference

Kigali, Rwanda - The prestigious "Women Deliver" 2023 International Conference has become a reference point of empowerment and advocacy, attracting over 6,000 women from all corners of the world.

As the conference convened in Kigali, Rwanda, from 17th to 20th July 2023, the focus was firmly set on championing women's rights and sustainable development.

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The Holy Father Francis received the women of WUCWO


For the first time Pope Francis met with representatives of all the women of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO).

On Saturday 13 May, the women of theWUCWO met with the Holy Father in a Private Audience, primarily to receive a missionary mandate from the Holy Father on the synodal journey of the Church.

Pope Francis had promised this audience last year, when the Executive Committee of the body had presented the report of the World Women’s Observatory (WWO) on "the impact of Covid-19 on women in Latin America and the Caribbean". On that occasion, Pope Francis had encouraged WUCWO to advance its mission, particularly on the African continent.

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The new President General of WUCWO

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The new President General of WUCWO is the Mexican Monica Santamarina. 

 Assisi, 20 May 2023 - The General Assembly of WUCWO has just ended in Assisi after a week of intense debate and discussion. The central theme was "WUCWO women, artisans of human fraternity for world peace".

 The event brought together representatives from all over the world with the aim of addressing global challenges and analysing the fundamental role of women in promoting peace.

Over 67 organisations from different parts of the globe attended the Assembly, with a total of 832 participants from 38 countries on all continents.

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Papal Audience, 13th of May 2023

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WUCWO's audience with Pope Francis
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Saturday 13 May 2023
The Audience with Pope Francis will take place on Saturday 13 May morning. In the afternoon a thanksgiving mass will be celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica at 5pm. 

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Raise Awareness of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

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On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25th of November 2022, WUCWO intensifies awareness regarding gender violence as a weapon of war.
Together with the British Embassy to the Holy See and with the support of the Vatican Sports Team, Athletica Vaticana, we organised a Walk to Raise Awareness of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence on Sunday 27th November 2022 from 10 am to 12 noon in Rome.

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From 7 to 10 October 2022, under the title Women Builders of Peace in a Church which Goes Forth” WUCWO organised the third meeting with Women from the Middle East and the Mediterranean, in order to make known the reality of women in this Region and the work that some organisations are doing. More than 120 women from 33 countries participated.

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Ukraine needs our intercession

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The war has begun. Let us ask the Queen of Peace, in her invocation as Our Lady of Vladimir, to protect the inhabitants of this suffering nation and to stop the violence of war. Let us join the feelings and sufferings of our sisters of the Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada.

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Webinar "Women, crisis and resilience"

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Webinar to celebrate International Women’s Day 

Friday 4th March 2022, 3 pm – 5 pm CET 

On March 4, 2022, the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations (UMOFC / WUCWO) in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) celebrated International Women's Day with an international conference entitled Women, crisis and resilience which saw the participation of about 400 people connected from 70 countries.

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WUCWO's Executive meets with the Pope

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On 11 June 2022, all the members of the WUCWO Executive Committee had the extraordinary opportunity to meet the Holy Father during a private audience. He welcomed happily the news of the creation of the World Women’s Observatory, which has already succeeded in listening to and giving visibility to women in Latin America and the Caribbean and is starting its work in Africa.

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​WUCWO President appointed by the Pope


On the 13th of July 2022, Maria Lía Zervino, Servidora,  President General of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO) was appointed, by Pope Francis, to the Dicastery for Bishops together with other two women.

For the first time, three women will serve, by the will of the Pope, in the process of identifying and electing the new diocesan bishops.

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WUCWO's participation at FAO

Immagine 2022 07 21 105823WUCWO's participation at the Group of International NGOs to FAO in Rome.

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World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly 2022

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On Sunday, July 24, 2022, the Second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated throughout the universal Church. The theme chosen by the Holy Father for the occasion is "In old age they will still bear fruit" (Psalm 92:15) and intends to emphasize how grandparents and the elderly are a value and a gift both for society and for ecclesial communities.

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"Women, crisis and resilience" - 4 March 2022

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“Women, crisis and resilience”
International Women’s Day
March 4, 2022, from 3 pm to 5 pm (CET)

International Women's Day will be celebrated by the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO) in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, in an ecumenical and interreligious webinar, with the participation of women leaders from various faiths and continents, under the patronage of embassies to the Holy See and in dialogue with representatives of friendly international organisations.

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The Holy Father gave the opening address and received the participants of the international conference “Eradicating Child Labour, Building a Better Future”, promoted by the Vatican Commission COVID-19 of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the FAO. The format was hybrid and María Lía Zervino was present in the conference hall on 19 November.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2021

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What kind of violence against women are we talking about? Psychological, verbal, physical, sexual or symbolic violence? Because all of these, in addition to femicide, are the ones that have increased during the pandemic.

“The testimonies of victims who dare to break their silence are a cry for help that we cannot ignore, we cannot look the other way,” Pope Francis told us on 1 February 2021.

This is one of the reasons why the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO) has founded the World Observatory on Women on a pilot basis. We have the first results on the impact of the Coronavirus on women in Latin America and the Caribbean.

25 women experts from 14 countries said that the pandemic has aggravated pre-existing structural violence.

The stress, anguish and anxiety of confinement unleashed and exacerbated situations of domestic violence. Churches, during the confinement, were unable to provide spaces for listening and denunciation.

The fact that victims and perpetrators lived in the same space, isolated from the rest, unleashed the other pandemic: violence. Unable to go out, women could not ask for help. The children, unable to go to school, also lost their space for expression and protection.

It is estimated that 70% of femicides occurred in a home shared with the assailant. Some perpetrators were released from prison - due to the risk of contracting the virus - and returned to live with their victims within the four closed walls of the family home.

According to some experts, in certain communities, not only has psychological violence against women increased since the beginning of the pandemic, but the number of pregnancies of girls as young as 10 years old has also increased, due to abuse by family members (fathers, brothers, uncles, aunts or grandparents).

And the pandemic has not stopped trafficking networks; on the contrary, there has been an increase in trafficking, often with police forces favouring it and corrupt state officials. Traffickers and the demanders of services in which women are a commodity have established new strategies for obtaining and “marketing” victims through means such as the Internet and transport networks that take victims to clients and back.

The experts propose, first: creating spaces where women can be heard, places where they feel safe when they want to ask for help and where they are accompanied.

Second: the training of women as a key element for their empowerment, for the transformation of structural, symbolic violence through education that promotes a culture where men and women live in mutual respect and equal application of their rights.

Third: the inclusion of women in public policy decision-making spheres and, from there, the promotion of programmes for the benefit of populations vulnerable to the risk of violence.

This undoubtedly requires co-responsibility on the part of men and women in the eradication of violence against women.


María Lía Zervino, Servidora

WUCWO President

107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees

M R Photos 52xTowards an ever wider “we” is the theme chosen by the Holy Father for the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) which will be celebrated on the 26th of September 2021. An appeal to build a universal “we” - may this be achieved first and foremost within the Church, called upon to create communion within diversity.

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First Anniversary of Fratelli tutti

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This year we celebrate the first Anniversary of the Encyclical "Fratelli tutti", which was signed by Pope Francis in Assisi, Italy, on 3 October 2020.

It proposes fraternity and social friendship as the ways indicated to build a better, more just and peaceful world, with the commitment of all: people, institutions, the economic world, international organisations, civil society.

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First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

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Pope Francis has decided to institute the Church-wide celebration of World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Starting this year, it will be held on the fourth sunday of July, close to the liturgical memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.

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WUCWO President Contributions

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- "The future is in the hands of lay ministries"

The monthly "Donne Chiesa Mondo" of the Osservatore Romano published an interview with María Lía Zervino, President General of WUCWO on the topic of the formation of laywomen. You can read the interview by clicking here.

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WUCWO supports the "WASH Project"

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WUCWO supports the WASH project (access to drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) in health care facilities belonging to the Catholic Church, developed by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development in collaboration with religious congregations, bishops, Caritas Internationalis and Global Water 2020.

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Open letter to Pope Francis

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The President General María Lía Zervino, Servidora, wrote this open letter on the occasion of the anniversary of the eighth year of the pontificate of Pope Francis. It has received various repercussions from the international press.

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On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) and the Consulta Femminile of the Pontifical Council for Culture have organized, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the patronage of various Embassies to the Holy See, an ecumenical and interreligious webinar entitled "Women reading Fratelli tutti".

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International Day of Human Fraternity

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Pope Francis, during his weekly General Audience, recalls the first International Day of Human Fraternity, which falls on 4 February. The international day was established by a Resolution of the United Nations General Assembly in December 2020.

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#PrayAgainstTrafficking 2021

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International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking - An Economy without Human Trafficking.

The International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking 2021 brings into the spotlight one of the main causes of human trafficking: the dominant economic model of our time, whose limits and contradictions are exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Fratelli tutti – Social friendship: a new lifestyle

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A reflection by our President General for the official website of Fratelli Tutti.

My home country is Argentina. A nation marked by social confrontation at different times in its history; divided into two great antagonistic factions caused by political, ideological, economic and other reasons. Even now we continue to harm each other because of a terrible “rift”. However, from the bowels of this people, the Lord called one of his own, Cardinal Bergoglio, to steer, like Peter, the boat of the Church in the midst of the global storm of the Coronavirus and a “’third world war’ fought piecemeal”. The encyclical Fratelli tutti was born from his pastoral experience.

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25 November - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

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WUCWO President appointed consultant to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

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The Pope has appointed María Lía Zervino, Servidora, President General of WUCWO, as a member of the new group of consultants of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. This is a significant recognition for WUCWO and its long history in the processes of ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.

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Countdown to climate change

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Pope invites Countdown participants on a journey toward climate change - in his second TED talk appearance, Pope Francis sends a video message to participants in “Countdown”, saying it is time to make planet-changing choices.

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September 23rd, 2020, marks the International Day Against Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Women and Children.

It was established by the World Conference of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Persons in coordination with the Women's Conference that took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in January 1999 and was organised by the International Coalition against Trafficking in Women.

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Our President's interview for International Women's Day

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Being WUCWO an international organisation that represents women from all around the world, on the occasion of International Women's Day, our President General, María Lía Zervino, Servidora, was interviewed by Vatican News and Rome Reports.

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Women Makers of Human Fraternity, conference for Women's Day 2020

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On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, an Interreligious and Ecumenical meeting on the document HUMAN FRATERNITY FOR WORLD PEACE AND LIVING TOGETHER signed by His Holiness Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayyeb (Abu Dhabi, 4 February 2019) was held on the 3rd of March 2020.

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"Women Makers of Human Fraternity" - Conference for Women's Day 2020

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On the occasion of the International Women's Day, the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the sponsorship of the Embassy of Argentine to the Holy See, the Embassy of Austria to the Holy See, the Embassy of the Netherlands to the Holy See and the Embassy of the Philippines to the Holy See, will hold a conference entitled "Women Makers of Human Fraternity" on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Lungotevere Tor di Nona 7 in Rome.

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International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation


Message of the WUCWO President, María Lía Zervino

on the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)


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Girls between the ages of 4 and 14 are the main victims of this aberrant practice. According to the latest UN report, more than 4 million girls are at risk of female genital mutilation in 30 countries in 2020.

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10th January 2020: Private audience with the Holy Father

Los 3 sentados con élWe thank Pope Francis for granting a private audience to the WUCWO authorities, María Lía Zervino and Andrea Ezcurra, servidoras, and Fr Gerard Whelan, SJ, who were received in his library on 10 January 2020. The meeting made it possible to express gratitude, on behalf of the 8 million members of our organisations, for the delicate and frequent attention the Holy Father gives to women, particularly the most vulnerable, throughout the world. 

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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The Mirabal sisters assassinated on 25 November 1960  in the Dominican Republic.


The time has come!

The World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations today renews and increases its commitment to eliminate discrimination and violence against women (Dakar Resolution 2018).

The time has come! Men and women: it is urgent to become agents of cultural change.

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Closing of the special Synod for the Pan-Amazon region

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WUCWO also attended the last briefing on the work of the Synod on Friday 25 October. The following participated:

- Bishop Joaquín Humberto Pinzón Güiza, I.M.C., vicar apostolic of Puerto Leguízamo-Solano, titular of Ottocio, Colombia;

- Bishop Evaristo Pascoal Spengler, O.F.M., bishop-prelate of Marajó, Brazil;

- Reverend Nicolau Nascimento de Paiva, coordinator of CAIC, the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil, Brazil;

- Reverend Fr. Miguel Heinz, S.V.D., president of Adveniat, Germany;

- Reverend Suora Inés Azucena Zambrano Jara, M.M.I., of the Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate and of Saint Catherine of Siena, Colombia;

- Dr. Paolo Ruffini, prefect of the Dicastery for Communication;

- Fr. Giacomo Costa, S.J., secretary of the Commission for Information.

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The Amazon and Beyond

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“The Amazon and Beyond. Integral Ecology, Multiple Vulnerabilities and Youthful Commitments” was the title of the seminar organised on October 18 by the newly set up Observatory of the faculty of Social Sciences of the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome in which WUCWO participated the seminar held during the current Special Synod for the Pan-Amazon Region aimed to deepen, inspire and open “transdisciplinary paths illuminating new ways of relating to God, to others and to the space around us” (Evangelii gaudium n.74).

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On the occasion of the Special Assembly of the Synod for the Pan-Amazon Region, WUCWO together with Italian Azione Cattolica, the International Forum of Azione Cattolica and the Pio XI Foundation (School of Holiness of Azione Cattolica) organised an event on October 15 to discuss the theme "Witnesses and martyrs of the inculturation of faith in the Amazon".

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Press Conference to present the Special Assembly of the Amazon Synod - 3.10.2019

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WUCWO participates to the press conference, organised in the Holy See Press Office on October 3, of presentation of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region, taking place in the Vatican’s New Synod Hall from 6 to 27 October 2019, on the theme: Amazonia: new paths for the Church and for integral ecology.

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“Pray for Cuba, that is bleeding"


Her heartbreaking testimony invites you to look back at that long-suffering island, whose ordeal seems not to end.

The testimonies of the Cuban doctors in Venezuela, a few hours ago through a Colombian media, have highlighted the harassment suffered by the Maduro regime, which forced them to condemn those in need of health care to support the president and proclaim its "goodnesses". They have done this, outside, of course. While they were in Venezuelan territory, under the magnifying glass of both Cuban and Venezuelan governments, they had to keep their mouths shut.

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Press conference presenting “Amazon: Common Home” - Rome September 20, 2019

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On Friday, September  20, at 4pm, WUCWO participated to the presentation of  “Amazon: Common Home” that took place in the Marconi Room of the Vatican Radio.  “Amazon: Common Home” is a project that will unite institutions, associations, and congregations during the next Amazon Synod through more than 130 events organized in Rome from October 5 to 27.

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WUCWO President General elected co-president of Religions for Peace

x asamblea lindauFrom the 20th to the 23rd of August 2019, in Lindau, Germany, the 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace took place, with more than 900 participants. Among them 98 religious representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean were present.

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"The women promoters of hope" - Conference for Women's Day 2019

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On the occasion of International Women's Day, the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations, with the sponsorship of the British Embassy to the Holy See and the Embassy of Peru to the Holy See, held a conference entitled "The women promoters of hope" on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the auditorium of the International Union of Superiors General, located in Lungotevere Tor di Nona 7 in Rome.

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WUCWO's new institutional video

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Check out our new institutional video!

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United Nations Human Rights Day, December 10th 2012

As all people of good will around the world unite to recognize United Nations Human Rights Day 2012, The World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) joins its voice, thought and prayer to the call for all human beings to be accorded basic human rights, including the right of profound dignity from the moment of conception to natural death.  Further, we note the need for a reality where all persons will have access to what they require in order to make their unique contribution to our world. 

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WYD Panama 2019 Hymn

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​The local organising committee ​is happy to share with you the international video of the World Youth Day Panama 2019 hymn "Hágase en Mí según Tu Palabra". The video shows us some emblematic places of Panama, and the hymn is sung in the 5 official languages of World Youth Day.

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Rio +20 Conference

Sustainability starts with respect of the human being

Two representatives of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations will take part at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development “Rio +20“ which begins today in Brazil.

Rosaline Nganku Menga (Cameroon), WUCWO Vice President for Africa and Mariana Vanyay (Argentina) will join with local administrations, NGOs, scientific communities, and trade-unions that have been invited.

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Farewell to Pope Benedict XVI

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WUCWO women bid farewell to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI with deep gratitude!

Pope's prayer intention - September 2019

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We thank the Pope for this prayer intention, for the month of September, on the protection of the seas and the oceans of the world.

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Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, has appointed the President of WUCWO as a member of the Women's Consultation Group.

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"It is never the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost"
(Mt 18:14)

The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life invited María Lía Zervino, as president of WUCWO, to participate in the event that it organises each year for Movements and associations.

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"Christus Vivit"

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Written by Pope Francis in response to the Synod of Bishops on Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment, the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Christus Vivit" is finally online.

Click the link below to see full document

Christus Vivit document

Praying the Rosary during the Marian month for the General Assembly

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Let us add the intention suggested by the Holy Father to our daily prayer for our coming General Assembly. 


Pope Francis' invitation

The Holy Father has decided to invite all the faithful, of all the world, to pray the Holy Rosary every day, during the entire Marian month of October, and thus to join in communion and in penitence, as the people of God, in asking the Holy Mother of God and Saint Michael Archangel to protect the Church from the devil, who always seeks to separate us from God and from each other.

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Pope at Mass in Santa Marta

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Pope at Mass: exploiting women is a sin against God: In his homily at Mass in the Santa Marta residence, Pope Francis reflects on the exploitation of women today who are treated like objects, recalling that without women men cannot be the image and likeness of God.

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Vatican Document: "Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones"

Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones

The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, together with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, have published a document with guidelines and reflections on the economy and lawful behaviour in the world of finance.

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​New Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate​

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D​ear friends, today we have received the gift of the Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate by Pope Francis. it is a invitation to respond promptly and joyfully to the call to holiness in today's world.

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Audience with Pope Francis - February 2018

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On February 12th, on the occasion of the Day of Reflection and Prayer against Human Trafficking 2018, "Trafficking and Migration", WUCWO and the other member organisations of the organising committee had an audience with the Holy Father. The President General, Maria Giovanna Ruggieri, participated along with the group of young Nigerians with whom she works in her city. She was accompanied by the Vice-President for Europe, Araceli Cavero Pérez, and the Secretary General, María Lía Zervino.


The words of Pope Francis to the Catholic inspired NGOs during the Rome Forum 2017

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His Holiness Pope Francis addressed the following words to the participants in the Forum of Catholic inspired NGOs which took place in Rome on December 11 and 12:

I am pleased to greet the participants in the 2017 Forum of Catholic-inspired Non-Governmental Organizations meeting in Rome during these days. I express my deep appreciation for your efforts to bring the light of the Gospel to the various peripheries of our world, in order to defend human dignity, to promote the integral development of peoples, and to meet the material and spiritual needs of so many members of our human family. I encourage you to work always in a spirit of communion and cooperation with other Catholic NGOs and with the representatives of the Holy See, as an expression of the Church’s commitment to the building of a more just and fraternal world. With prayerful good wishes that these days of reflection and discussion will prove fruitful for your work, I cordially impart to all of you my Apostolic Blessing.




During Pope Francis' General Audience of 22 November, 2017, the President General, together with the Vice President General and the Treasurer General, met the Holy Father. They thanked him for his encouragement and for the actions he is taking in favor of an ever stronger presence of women in the Church. They also assured him that all the women of WUCWO will keep supporting and praying for his pontificate. The Holy Father thanked them for what WUCWO is doing and urged them to continue with greater strength and courage to support the presence of women in the Church and in the world.

Read the words of Pope Francis during the Audience here

Visit of Pope Francis to the FAO on the World Food Day 2017

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On October 16th, 2017, the Holy Father Francis visited the headquarters of the FAO in Rome for the celebration of World Food Day, this year on the theme: Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development.

Read the address of the Holy Father here.


Giornata per la cura

As every year, the Dicastery for promoting Human Integral Development has prepared a simple Guide in order to help the faithful to participate in the 3rd World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

The Holy Father invites us to "assume a respectful and responsible attitude towards Creation"(General Audience, August 30, 2017).
Prayer, alone, in the family or in a community, does help and educate to assume that attitude.
We invite you to reserve some minutes for prayer, both on September 1st and in the following days. 

The guide is interactive and you can read and follow it on your smartphone, tablet, computer, or you can print it. 

The Joint Message by His Holiness Pope Francis and His Holiness Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Costantinople, for the Third World Day for the Care of Creation will be delivered on the 1st September 2017. 

READ IT on www.vatican.va


Extraordinary Synod of the Family

Logo Synode FamilleWe 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

For the complete list click here (in Italian)

World Day of Peace (January 1st)

paloma blanca simbolo paz"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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Church as defender of immigrants and refugees

IMAGE WEB   migrantsKeynote 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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Pope Francis' speech about the marriage

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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"

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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”.

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”.





Pope Francis met The Italian Women’s Centre

LOGO CIF member Italy(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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Pope Francis: hunger is a scandal

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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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familleVatican 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”.

APPEAL FOR EGYPT by Fr. Ibrahim Faltas ofm

carte egypteI am appealing to everyone to be united in prayer for the people of Egypt so that the violence by Egyptians themselves against their fellow countrymen may cease immediately.

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."

Encyclical Lumen Fidei

Lumen Fidei WebPope Francis’ first encyclical entitled "Lumen fidei" or “The Light of Faith” was released Friday at a press conference in the Vatican. The document completes the trilogy of papal teachings on the three theological virtues, begun by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI who issued his encyclicals "Deus Caritas Est" on Charity in 2005 and "Spe Salvi" on Hope in 2007.

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Homily of Pope Francis “Evangelium vitae” Day

Saint Peter's Square  Sunday, 16 June 2013

…This celebration has a very beautiful name: the Gospel of Life. In this Eucharist, in the Year of Faith, let us thank the Lord for the gift of life in all its forms, and at the same time let us proclaim the Gospel of Life... 

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III Meeting with Women from the Middle East and the Mediterranean

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With great joy, after two and a half years of communicating digitally, we can start again with face-to-face reunions: by the grace of God, we are organising the Third Meeting with Women from the Middle East and the Mediterranean, open to all WUCWO women who wish to participate, in Rafina, Athens, Greece, from 7 to 10 October 2022.

The Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, has encouraged us and gives us his blessing for the realisation of this meeting. The Bishop of the Greek-Byzantine rite of Athens, Mgr Nin, and our organisation, the Association of Greek Catholic Women, are waiting for us in Greece with open arms.

It is a great moment to develop together the theme “Women Builders of Peace in a Church which Goes Forth”. We will also be able to advance in formation for our pastoral action at the local level for the family and the role of women in the Church. As we did in Amman, Jordan (2013) and in Bari, Italy (2016), we will have the possibility to listen to and learn from women engaged in their local churches.

It will also be an exceptional moment to show and share what each of our organisations is doing - there will be small tables where we will showcase projects and products, and sell some of them - and talk about collaborative action among member organisations.

All this and much more in a synodal atmosphere, where it will be possible to meet and talk with the future candidates for WUCWO President, who will be elected by the next Board at the Assisi Assembly in 2023.

Although the event will be held in the town of Rafina, Greece, at the Avra Hotel, there will be plenty of opportunity to get to know Athens and some of its wonders.

It is important to register before 30 June 2022 in order to be able to confirm reservations with the hotel. There is a quota of places already reserved which will be allocated as registrations come in. In the event of additional registrations, we will check with the hotel to see if there is availability.

Please find bellow the registration form.

For those who wish, an optional sightseeing tour can be arranged. Please find bellow the relative information.

After such a long time of not being able to meet face to face, I believe that the Holy Spirit is leading us to a meeting that prepares our General Assembly in Assisi, as if it were a “pre-assembly”, where the women of WUCWO can dream together of a renewed Church and WUCWO, hand in hand with Mary, Queen of Peace.

Looking forward to having you!

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Sightseeing tour




70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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President General participated in the International Congress organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and Gregorian University on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, held on 10 and 11 December. Below you will find the link to the opening conference given by the Prefect of the Dicastery, H.E. Cardinal Peter K. Appiah Turkson.

Cardinal Turkson: Marking 70th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man



* Important document released at the UN On October 6, 2011, an expert document was issued at United Nations, New York: the San José Articles.

The San Jose Articles provide expert testimony that there is no such thing as an ‘international right to abortion’, contrary to what UN personnel and others say and many people think. This document provides us with a tool to help us refute these claims and to assert the rights of the unborn child in international law.

See: http://www.sanjosearticles.com/ and diffuse this information widely to your members, organisations and governments.

* Towards a new evangelization of the international political life

by Fermina Alvarez Alonso

We are living in a particularly important moment for the Church, a time marked by the need for a “new evangelization” ad intra and ad extra. Even though some claim that the term “new evangelization” eeds further clarification, it is clear enough that the world needs a new, fresh way of thinking: a credible, oherent witness on the part of Christians. We hand on what we believe (i.e., evangelization ad extra), and the intensity of our belief demonstrates, in one way or another, the authenticity of our Christian lives (i.e., evangelization ad extra). To give impetus to these two dimensions, the Holy Father has chosen to dedicate the next Synod of Bishops – to take place in October of 2012 – to a reflection on the intensity with which the People of God live and proclaim their faith.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women


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On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, WUCWO joined with this statement all International Organizations that work tirelessly for the elimination of violence against women.


The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, established in 1999 by the United Nations Assembly, reminds every 25 November the unavoidable commitment for all, public and private institutions, associations and movements to continue in every context the reflection and awareness to defeat the rampant and very deplorable phenomenon of violence against women.

On this day, we all say, civil society, institutions and associations, STOP VIOLENCE ON WOMEN, with demonstrations, debates and conferences. But it is not enough. We need a strong ethical movement to break the subculture of "possession"; we need to break the silence, we need that women do not underestimate and do not hide the first signs of danger to avoid the "crescendo" that leads to irreparable acts.

On the occasion of the anniversary of 25 November, our associations and organisations, always attentive to children and women, advocate investing more attention and energy in the prevention of all phenomena of violence, including those that are generated and carried out in the family and that also affect children, often direct and passive victims of this same violence.

Only an education in the respect for the person and a capillary work against every stereotype, together with a clear and strong institutional policy against violence, can help our society to progress in humanity. It is a question of resuming a broad cultural work on the value of the human person, especially where it is weakest; it is necessary to resume, with a contemporary vision, the project of promotion and spiritual, social and political growth of women.

Throughout history, women have fought for equal dignity and equal rights as men, their fellow human beings. Despite having achieved significant results in terms of democratic participation and equal opportunities, even today, unfortunately, acts of violence are still perpetrated every day and there are still many forms of discrimination (work, social life, politics), prejudices and stereotypes. We therefore believe it is necessary and urgent, on the one hand, to take up, with real commitment, educational programmes for non-violence and respect for the other and, on the other, to provide adequate family support and innovative legislative and social policy instruments that contribute to a better harmonisation between family life and the personal and working life of women.

Our Associations and organizations are committed to strengthening networking with all stakeholders at the local level, aware that the more intense and common will be the sense of responsibility, the greater will be the effectiveness to break down and eliminate the social scourge of violence against women.

In memory of all the women who are victims of violence, war and poverty, of women forced to flee their countries, of women who have died with their children, of women who are victims of trafficking, our Associations and organisations committed to the social, civil and cultural promotion of women everywhere, starting with the family, call on the institutions responsible to put all the rules to combat violence against women into practice.

We also hope that more and more in the life of the Country and in the Church, we can promote the presence of women as desired by Pope Francis: "there is still we need to create still broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church. Because «the feminine genius is needed in all expressions in the life of society, the presence of women must also be guaranteed in the workplace» and in the various other settings where important decisions are made, both in the Church and in social structures" (EG 103).


WUCWO (World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations)

ACLI (Associazioni Cristiane Lavoratori Italiani)

Azione Cattolica Italiana

Centro Italiano Femminile

API-COLF (Associazione Professionale Italiana Collaboratori Familiari)

Confederazione Italiana dei Consultori Familiari di Ispirazione Cristiana

Coordinamento nazionale donne CISL

Fondazione Beato Federico Ozanam - San Vincenzo De Pauli 

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Resolutions adopted at the 2023 General Assembly




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WUCWO and its Member Organisations will consolidate, develop and extend the World Women´s Observatory, according to available resources, to reach all regions of the world, as an appropriate mechanism to regularly listen to and give visibility to as many women as possible, especially the most vulnerable, to help transform their lives by generating pastoral strategies, NGO synergies, public policies and contributions to the international agenda. The Observatory will be a permanent project of WUCWO until an Assembly decides otherwise.

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WUCWO participates in announcement of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform


Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, has announced the creation of a Laudato Si’ Action Platform

We’re grateful to share that WUCWO plays a central role in the platform’s development as a member of the NGOs and Family working groups.

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Laudato si’ Reader - An Alliance of Care for Our Common Home

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WUCWO answered to the invitation of the Ecology & Creation Sector of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development to write a short reflection on how the Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis, Laudato si’, has impacted people's lives in various contexts.

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Laudato Si’ Week 2021 

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This year WUCWO is participating in Laudato Si’ Week which marks the crowning of the Laudato Si' Special Anniversary Year with a media campaign in its social media. WUCWO has created some videos on different initiatives that member organisations have been carrying out around the world.

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At the General Assembly of WUCWO held in Dakar, Senegal in October 2018, the delegates passed a resolution calling on its members, as responsible for our Common Home, to recognise their collective responsibility to care for the planet that God created and placed in our care and to take steps to reduce and reverse the damage already sustained.

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Laudato Si' Week

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"Laudato Si' Week", WUCWO's campaign for the fifth anniversary of the encyclical letter Laudato Si' of the Holy Father Francis on the care for our common home.

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International Mother Earth Day 2021

naturaThe United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 22 April as International Mother Earth Day through a resolution adopted in 2019. The Day recognises the Earth and its ecosystems as humanity's common home and the need to protect her to enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity. The theme for 2021 is Restore our Earth.

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Resolutions adopted at the 2018 General Assembly

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1 - A HEALTHY PLANET DEPENDS ON ALL OF US. In accordance with the whole Magisterium and in particular with the Encyclical Laudato Si

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Domestic violence against women - A document by the NCCW

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Read this document on Domestic Violence against women prepared by the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) of the United States.





Prayer Vigil : INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND AWARENESS AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Basilica di Sant’Antonio al Laterano – Rome. 8 febraury 2019, 6:00PM - 

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March: Together against Human trafficking - Sunday, 10 February 2019 - 
Meeting at 10:00 a.m. opposite Castel Sant’Angelo

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Addiction prevention for a life with a future



A questionnaire on different kinds of addictions was carried out by the Family Working Group to shed some light over this concerning issue. Please find below a summary of the responses and statistics received by different WUCWO Organisations that shared their knowledge and testimony on the topic of addictions. We thank Maribeth Stewart, our Vicrepresident General, for this initiative.

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WUCWO’s organisations working against human trafficking

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Click on this link to read more about WUCWO organizations' initiatives against human trafficking.

Interview with the Vice President for Europe on Vatican Radio

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On World Water Day, an interview with Vice President for Europe, Araceli Cavero Pérez, was broadcast on Vatican Radio on the occasion of the drinking water well that Manos Unidas, at the request of WUCWO, helped to build through CUDAFCS in the small Muslim community of Keur Mbar, Senegal.

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International Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking 2018

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February 8th will be the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking: Migration without Trafficking.

Check the website: http://preghieracontrotratta.org/?lang=en




"Migration and Trafficking": Study Seminar in Rome, 28 November 2017

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WUCWO collaborates with Talitha Kum to the organisation of a Study Seminar to be held in Rome at Università LUMSA (Borgo Sant'Angelo 13) on 28 November 2017.

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WUCWO work against Human Trafficking - Summary 2017

EUROPE: European regional conference in 2008 organised in cooperation with Caritas and USMI, in Verona (Italy). A call to the European Parliament was launched to unify the anti-trafficking strategies connected with the sexual exploitation of women and children.

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Family and Human Trafficking

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 Please find below a report by our Vice-President General, Maribeth Stewart, on human trafficking and the family.

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International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking

WUCWO, as a member of the committee for the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, presented the theme of February 8, 2017: "They are children! Not slaves!".


A light against human trafficking

February 8 is the International Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking. We invite you to join in our prayer. Click here for more information.

Water well in Senegal

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In July 2017, Virginia Pastor, Administrative assistant, together with Monique Faye, Board member for Senegal, and other WUCWO women, visited the small Muslim community of Keur Mbar, in the rural heart of Senegal, where, thanks to WUCWO’s work of coordination and the financing by Manos Unidas, a well of drinking water, based on solar energy, and a water tower were built. In addition to that, a drip irrigation system will be completed. During the visit, a mango plantation was done in the village that will be irrigated with water from the well. One of these plants was placed by Virginia and "baptised" with her name by the Chief of the village. Before that, people living in the village had to walk 10 kilometres to obtain drinking water.

See pictures below

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Resolutions adopted at the 2014 General Assembly

1. Family

2. Human trafficking

3. Dialogue for peace and tolerance

4. Addiction prevention for a life with a future

5.Prevention and fight against corruption

6. Right to have access to clean drinking water and sanitation

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30th July 2017: World Day against Trafficking in Persons

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Many different organisations, committed to working against trafficking in persons, unite in a joint declaration to call attention to this subject. They call on governments and civic organisations to unite and to increase their commitment to reduce this crime, especially among the migrant population, asylum seekers and refugees who are the in most vulnerable situations and among the principal groups subjected to trafficking in persons.

We invite you to:

· read the declaration and publish it on social media

· publish the banner on Facebook

· dedicate a time of prayer, or a minute of silence to remember the victims of trafficking. If you wish you can download the prayer from the website of the world day of prayer and reflection against trafficking, which is available in different languages on the website: http://preghieracontrotratta.org/?lang=en

· send this declaration to other governmental and non-governmental organisations in your country who are also committed to anti-trafficking.


Below, you can read the declaration.

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Resolutions adopted at the 2001 General Assembly

1.   Safe drinking water
2.   Cloning
3.   Sexual Exploitation of Children
4.   Trafficking of women and girls
5.   Violence against women
6.   Women and sexual violence
7.   Women and decision making
8.   Child Protection
9.   Eucharist and Divorced and Remarried
10. Inclusive Language
11. Ecumenism and Interreligious dialogue
12. Family
13. Same sex Couples
14. Fair Trade

Resolutions adopted at the 2006 General Assembly

1.   Day of prayer for sexually abused
2.   Education (Children)
3.   Girls and boys at risk
4.   Commitment to democracy
5.   The woman saves the environment
6.   Solidarity in globalization
8.   Ratification of international Covenant on Death Penalty
9.   Campaigning against Manufacture, Storage,
10. Trading and use of weapons
11. Improving the Women’s economic situation
12. The family
13. End of trafficking of children

Resolutions adopted at the 2010 General Assembly

1.  End the Use of Information Technology in Sexual Exploitation of Children
2.   Promote a Covenant between Human Beings and the Environment
3.   Rescue the Children of the Street
4.   Campaign for a Culture of Life
5.   Work to Abolish Forced Marriage
6.   Strengthen Training of Catholic Leaders
7.   Defend and Support Migrants
8.   Commit to Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue
9.   Produce a Statistical Evaluation of Poverty According to Sex
10. Prevent Inappropriate Sexualisation of Children
11. Mobilise to Halt Infanticide
12. Reaffirm the Family Unit

Mary Queen of Peace Prayer

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Mary, Queen of Peace,

Patroness of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations

O Loving God, your Son, Jesus Christ, came into the world to do your Will and leave us His Peace.  Through the intercession and example of our Blessed Mother Mary, Queen of Peace, grant us the wisdom and humility to reflect that peace to the world. Inspire our thoughts, words and deeds to bear witness to your presence in our hearts.  May your Holy Spirit fill us with every grace and blessing so that we may pursue what leads to peace for all humanity. Amen

Hymn to Mary, Queen of Peace

Sung to the tune of Amazing Grace


Most gracious Mary, Queen of Peace

Embrace us with your love;

May our desires sincerely be

To praise our God above.

Implore for us the Spirit’s gifts

To follow in your way;

Let wisdom and humility

Guide all we do and say.

In confidence we witness Christ

Whose truth has set us free

May we pursue what leads to peace

For all humanity.


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PRAYER FOR RESOLUTION #3: Let Us Eliminate Violence and Discrimination Against Women.

Dear Lord,

We pray for all touched by the evil of violence:

For the victim survivors;

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WUCWO's Annual Intentions

Each year, WUCWO proposes to its member organisations a prayer related to one of the resolutions in force.

Intention 2020

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For those deprived of their human rights,
Of freedom to practice their religion, of freedom to live in peace, of freedom to pursue their chosen vocation, of their basic human needs:
that they may receive the dignity God intends for all persons;
We pray to the Lord:

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Intention 2019


A healthy planet depends on all of us 2019

Oh God our Father, we call on you to send your Holy Spirit to inspire us to care for our beloved planet in a way that protects our waterways, oceans, flora and fauna and promotes sustainable human development that depends on these. We know that we are at times careless in these matters and we ask for your help to become more like Jesus Christ in our care for our wonderful home and world of nature as well as our compassion for our brothers and sisters who are most vulnerable. We recall that Jesus Christ will come at the end of time and we pray that He will find that we have been good stewards of creation.

We make this prayer through the same Christ our Lord.


Intentions 2015 - 2018

Corruption/General Assembly 2018

War, terrorism, corruption and the like seem far beyond our ability to make a difference. May God bless us with strength to stand in the way of injustice, oppression and exploitation, so that we may work for justice, freedom and peace. Bless all the women of the world who face an unjust global trade system as they struggle to feed their children to provide warmth and comfort, to bring hope and peace to the worl. May we strive to remove barriers and change systems. And as we prepare for our General Assembly, help us, as women of hope, to advocate, to persist, to do what we can, trusting that you will bring to completion every good work started in your name.



Suffering Women 2017

Lord, you call us to share your table and also your cross of anguish with our sisters whoa re suffering. We pray for all who are being abused, violated, oppressed, and in situations that deprive them of their dignity. We pray for mothers yearning for adequate, clean drinking water and proper sanitation, sufficient food and health care for their families. We pray for those struggling for survival, those brokem and alienated, refugees and visible minorities experiencing repeated discrimination, bearing the brunt of indifference and oppression. We pray for the day when women who are equal in ability have equal rights and can live in peace, joy and harmony. We ask all this with the hope that only You can provide.



Family and Youth 2016

During this Holy Year of Mercy, Lord, we pray for all families of the world and seek to bring the Gospel of mercy to each person. We pray for single mothers sacrificing to feed and clothe their children. Gaurd all newborns, guide the young and their vocations. Open our eyes to see the beauty and future in our youth; give us the ears to listen to their stories. Keep them safe from all addictions and free the victims of human trafficking. With the loving patronage of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the Holy Family of Nazareth, the WUCWO women of hope pray that the family be a sanctuaty of peace, love and faith.



Dialogue 2015

We are all members of His body, the hands, the feet, the voice and face of Jesus. As we dialogue with out sisters and brothers in Christ, let us be open to them, sharing their joys and sorrows. Guide us as we learn from the wisdom of each other. Help us to accept others and their differences. Pope Francis tells us that dialogue is necessary for peace in the world. As women of hope and sowers of peace, in Jesus' name, we pray for that dialogue.




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With great joy, we are pleased to inform you that, like every year, next May 13 we will celebrate WUCWO Day. This day represents a special occasion of union, prayer and celebration among all the organisations and people who are part of this great family.

We attach the proposed WUCWO Day liturgy so that each organisation has the freedom to celebrate it at the time they prefer, adapting it to their particular circumstances, although we recommend that the celebration be held around May 13. This year, the liturgy has been prepared by the African Region and we want to express our sincere gratitude to Evaline Malisa Ntenga, our Vice President for Africa, for her valuable collaboration in this process.

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WUCWO Day 2023

Copertina sito ENGThis year's WUCWO Day will be commemorated in a special way: WUCWO women are summoned to a private audience with Pope Francis on 13 May 2023 in the Vatican.

This will be a milestone in the rich history of WUCWO, this possibility given to us is the fruit of God’s tenderness towards us. Pope Francis will address a message to us that we are to listen to personally and then pass on to all Catholic women around the world.

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International celebration of the 2022 WUCWO Day

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In Kenya, in the presence of 40 women from 24 WUCWO member organisations, 9 members of the Board and the President General, the Kenya Catholic Women's Association organised the WUCWO Day.

The celebration was presided over by Bishop Joseph Mwongela, at Ngong Cathedral, with the theme: “Let us respond to the call to holiness”. Delegations from the dioceses of the country participated and with their wonderful dances, songs and prayers enhanced this day of celebration.

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WUCWO Day 2022

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Please find below the proposal for our WUCWO Day 2022, which has been drawn up by the Region of Asia-Pacific.

A special thanks goes to Catherine McGrath, Regional Vice President for Asia-Pacific.

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Please find below the proposal for our WUCWO Day 2021, which has been drawn up by the Region of North America.

A special thanks goes to Maribeth Stewart Blogoslawski, Vice President General and Regional Vice President North America.

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Please find below the proposal for our WUCWO Day 2020, which has been drawn up by the Region of Latin America and the Caribbean.

A special thanks goes to María de Lourdes Espinoza Rosas, Regional Vice President of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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WUCWO Day 2019

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Please find below the proposal for our WUCWO Day, which has been drawn up by the Region of Africa. A special thanks goes to Monique Faye,

African Regional Vice President.

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WUCWO Day 2018

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Next WUCWO DAY, May 13th, will come on Sunday, when we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord Jesus. A wonderful day to pray, reflect and enhance all our women to respond to our call to holiness united. For this commitment “we need a spirit of holiness capable of filling both our solitude and our service, our personal life and our evangelizing efforts, so that every moment can be an expression of self-sacrificing love in the Lord’s eyes. In this way, every minute of our lives can be a step along the path to growth in holiness.”(Gaudete et Exsultate 31) 

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13 May 2017

Prepared by Latin America and the Caribbean Region


On WUCWO Day, let’s remember this year’s intentions: Suffering women in the world.


I. In this year, we have been especially invited, while sharing the table of the Lord, to contemplate the anguish of our suffering sisters.

Today we pray for “all who are being abused, violated, oppressed, and in situations that deprive them of their dignity.

We pray for mothers yearning for adequate, clean drinking water and proper sanitation, sufficient food and health care for their families.

We pray for those struggling for survival, those broken and alienated, refugees and visible minorities experiencing repeated discrimination, bearing the brunt of indifference and oppression.

We pray for the day when women who are equal in ability have equal rights and can live in peace, joy and harmony” (cf. 2017 Intentions).

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May 13, 2016  Jubilee of Mercy

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Narrator Pope Francis has given us a gift: he has brought us together to celebrate a very special year, a year dedicated to mercy. This year, we are going to focus on mercy. It will be nice to reflect on how we are living and practicing it in our own communities. The title of the Jubilee reminds us to be: “Merciful as the Father”. We shall pray on this WUCWO day with this theme in mind to help us live in the way he asks us.

The second paragraph of the Bull of Indiction tell us:

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May 13, 2015
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FAITH is “NOW”! HOPE looks to the future! LOVE binds it all together! JOY AND PEACE to all!
FAITH is the confidence that what we hope for will happen. Pope Benedict XVI stated “faith is for the sake of hope”.
HOPE in a Christian sense is always hope for others as well. We can always continue to hope, despite all failures, held firm by the great power of love.
LOVE blesses the one who receives it and it blesses you, the giver. Love is the key that opens the gate to peace and joy.
PEACE ever new is a JOY which is shared! The Joy of the Gospel is our gift shared by Pope Francis!
Dear sisters, united in God’s great love for us all, we offer our prayers this WUCWO International Day. We come to You, Lord, as members of your great family, as a gathered community in our corner of your earth. In faith and with love, we bring you our hopes and fears, our joys and sorrows. We take time to give thanks for the blessings we share, for loving friends and supportive family.
“He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mk. 16:16). Recite the Apostles Creed.
“Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer” (Romans 13:13).
“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you should also love one another. This is how you will know that you are my disciples, is how you have loved one another” (John 13:34-35).

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(Eph 4:15)



  1. Truth in my inward being,

wisdom in my secret heart,

O Lord that’s what you desire. (2x)

Willing spirit, Holy Spirit, Willing Spirit,

This is our sacrifice.

2.We offer our minds and hearts,

To you O God at this table

O Lord, that’s what you desire.

3.We bring our gifts to you Lord,

In form of bread and wine

O Lord that’s what you desire.

4.Bless them and change them O Lord

Into your body and blood

O Lord, that’s what you desire.

5.All glory be to the Father,

And to the Son and the Spirit

O Lord, that’s what you desire.

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13 MAY 2013
Based upon our 2013 WUCWO Priority:  Peace in Action:
Reduce Poverty, Violence and Trafficking, Support Migrants
2013 WUCWO DAY OF PRAYER THEME:  “You Shall Love Your Neighbor As Yourself”
OPENING HYMN:  The Servant’s Song (Richard Gillard)

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Holy Spirit come, make my ears to hear,

Make my eyes to see, make my mouth to speak,

Make my heart to seek and my hands to each out

and touch the world with your love.

READING: Matthew 13: Verses 16 – 21

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One minute for Peace 2023

EN top UMPP2023Pope Francis. General Audience 07.06.2023:

«Tomorrow, at 1 p.m., Catholic Action International suggests that believers of various denominations and religions gather in prayer, dedicating ‘One Minute for Peace.’ Let us accept this invitation, praying for an end to the wars in the world and especially for the dear and tormented Ukraine.»

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WhatsApp Image 2023-10-10 at 17.17.43.jpegMay the united prayer for peace of more than 8 million women be heard this October! 

Given the recent events in the Middle East, the war that continues in Ukraine and the armed confrontations throughout the world, let us join the plea of Pope Francis who, with great pain, tells us: “Please stop the attacks and the weapons! Let it be understood that terrorism and war do not lead to any solution. Every war is a defeat…”

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26 January 2022 - Day of prayer for Ukraine

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Dear friends,

We share the invitation of Pope Francis for today 26.01.2022 and CA Ukraine information about the situation in their country.

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One minute for Peace 2021

UMPP 2021 ENGOn June 8th at 1 pm, we invite everyone: Catholics, Christians of different denominations, believers of the many religions, men and women of goodwill, to get together to pray and work for peace all over the world, especially in Jerusalem between Israelis and Palestinians and in Myanmar.

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The Pope Video - February 2021

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For the month of February, the Pope has decided to pray for women who are victims of violence. Luckily this monthly intention is in line with our 3rd resolution "LET US ELIMINATE DISCRIMINATION AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN", which we have adopted for this year's prayer intention and WUCWO Day.

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Pope's prayer intention - October 2020

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Prayer intention for evangelization ‐ The Laity’s Mission in the Church.  

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For June 8, 2020 it’s up to us, even in this time of the Pandemic!

Once again, we share with FIAC the One Minute for Peace campaign.

It’s about:

  • Motivating and suggesting to all those who care about peace, believers and non-believers alike, a minute of prayer or silence.
  •  An invitation to pray by oneself or with other people, in safety, in our homes or in our places of work or study.
  •  To plan a celebration at home, in a place of prayer or a meeting in an open space

In the difficult situation we are living because of the pandemic, what does it mean to pray, to stop for a minute for peace? What does it mean to nurture hope?

  • Peace is a great and precious value, the object of our hope and the aspiration of the entire human family. As a human attitude, our hope for peace is marked by an existential tension that makes it possible for the present, with all its difficulties, to be “lived and accepted if it leads towards a goal, if we can be sure of this goal, and if this goal is great enough to justify the effort of the journey”.  Hope is thus the virtue that inspires us and keeps us moving forward, even when obstacles seem insurmountable.

(from the message on the 1st January 2020 World Day of Peace)

Prayer of the Rosary every first Saturday of the month


Dear friends,

at this very special time, the WUCWO Executive Committee and I would like to propose a ROSARY to be prayed ON THE FIRST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH, which will keep us particularly united in prayer as WUCWO women during this pandemic.

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WUCWO joined the Pope

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From all continents, we joined the Pope in the extraordinary moment of prayer in this time of pandemics, last March 27th, in St. Peter's Square. It was a historical event in which Pope Francis united all humanity in his prayer and granted, to all those who wished it, the immense gift of the plenary indulgence.

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President General's video message against Trafficking


Video message of our President General for the 8th of February 2020, International Day of prayer and awareness against Human Trafficking.


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8 February 2020: Prayer vigil against Human Trafficking.

Prayer vigil organized by the International Coordination Committee of the IDPAAHT. 

One minute for Peace 2019

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ONE MINUTE FOR PEACE 2019: on June 8 at 1 p.m. we take up the appeal of the Document on “Human fraternity for world peace and living together” signed in Abu Dhabi on february 2019 by Pope Francis and by the Great Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb. 

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One Minute for Peace 2018

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The “One Minute for Peace” initiative was launched by the International Forum Catholic Action (IFCA), the Argentinian Catholic Action, the Italian Catholic Action, the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) and others, for the first time on June 6, 2014 at 1 pm, in support of the “Invocation for Peace” meeting, promoted by Pope Francis on June 8 in the Vatican Gardens together with the President of Israel (Simon Peres), the President of the Palestinian Authority (Maḥmūd ʿAbbās – Abu Mazen), and the Patriarch of Constantinople (Bartholomew I).

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A Minute for Peace

A Minute for Peace 8th June 2017

Please, pray with us and spread this campaign within your organisations, across your countries, and through social media by sharing this flyer.

Thank you very much.

Prayer to End Human Trafficking

O GOD, we cannot express what our minds barely comprehend

and our heart feel when we hear of men, women and children

deceived, transported to unknown places, forced into prostitution or other

forms of labour, for the financial gain of traffickers -their slaveholders.

Our hearts are saddened and our spirits angry that their dignity and rights

are transgressed through threats, deception and force. We cry out

against this degrading practice of trafficking and pray for it to end.

Protect all potential victims especially our young and vulnerable.

Let Your tender love and care surround all present victims of trafficking.

Deliver them, O God, from the perpetrators’ hands. Give us the courage

and the wisdom to stand in solidarity with them, that together we will

find ways to the freedom that is your gift to all of us. Amen

(adapted from a prayer by G. Cassini.)

Mónica Santamarina is interviewed by Vatican Radio

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Mónica Santamarina, General President of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO), has been interviewed by Vatican Radio to explain the new initiative of WUCWO's School for Synodality, "Conversations in the Spirit", an event that looks to apply the synodal methodology and deepen women's participation in a synodal Church in mission.

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Lord, you call us to share your table and also your cross of anguish with our sisters who are suffering. We pray for all who are being abused, violated, oppressed, and in situations that deprive them of their dignity.

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At the end of the year of Mercy we were blessed to experience  last year, Pope Francis offered his  apostolic letter “Misericordia et Misera” in which he encourages “to look to the future and to understand how best to continue, with joy, fidelity and enthusiasm, experiencing the richness of divine mercy.

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In October 2016, in Bari, Italy, the advisers together with the Ecclesiastical Assistant Father Gerard Whelan, SJ, and some of the international representatives, evaluated the development of the Plan of Action, adapted it and took on a renewed commitment.





Women, Workers of Peace Towards a Culture of Meeting and Dialogue set the theme of this important meeting between women from the Middle East and their sisters from throughout the world held in Bari, Italy from October 19-23, 2016.

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The Board members, presidents and representatives of women’s organizations from 21 countries of the world’s Catholic women’s organizations of the Africa region (WUCWO- Africa),meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi from august 29th to September 5th, 2016 at the Africa regional conference on the theme “Women of Africa, proclaimers of God’s mercy”, reaffirm our role as evangelizers

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Over 700 Catholic Women’s League members and guests met in Halifax, Nova Scotia, one of Canada’s older historic cities, August 14-17, 2016 for the 96th Annual Convention, One Heart, One Voice, One Mission: Palliative and Hospice Care, a fitting title for a convention in the Jubilee Year of Mercy

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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

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Family love, motherhood and fatherhood

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



[...] Quoting again Amoris laetitia, we are told that marriage implies "a dynamic process, which advances gradually with the progressive integration of the gifts of God". It is something that is done day after day, with imagination, patience, generosity... and when it is done hand in hand with Jesus and Mary, it is much easier. It would seem that the effects of the graces received through the sacrament of marriage have been forgotten. "There is no guarantee that we will feel the same way all through our life. Yet we can come up with a shared and life long project, we can love one another and live as one until death do us part, enjoying an enriching intimacy". Wise words of the Holy Father! [...]

Continued in Women's Voice


[...] Therefore the key to understanding the Declaration [Fiducia supplicans] therefore seems to be the desire to accompany all those who are part of couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples in sexual relationships delete and who ask for God's grace to be able to live in his will. Ultimately, the intention of the "pastoral and spontaneous blessings" is to concretely show the closeness of the Lord and the Church to all those who ask for help to continue their/a journey of faith in the Church. [...]

Continued in Women's Voice


[...] Man is the only being who can, through love, become a gift himself. And in this self-giving he finds his meaning and fulfilment as a person. Therefore, motherhood and fatherhood find their truth and meaning in the same vital need for the child, "both as a welcoming presence (motherhood) and as a presence of the horizon that invites to the journey (fatherhood)". [...]

Continued in Women's Voice


Family is a sanctuary of love and support that encourages its members to live and pray together; hence bringing forth a closer relationship with our Lord. It is a thread that binds generations together - a garden where seeds of values, traditions, and memories are sown, blossoming into a rich tapestry that tells the story of who we are and where we come from. [...]

Continued in Women's Voice


[...] The family is the tabernacle of human life where children are taught and learn the basic values of spiritual, human, and cultural life. The place to learn to forgive and be forgiven, to love and to be loved.

In Tanzania, the manifestation of this resolution has taken shape through various initiatives aimed at strengthening the bonds of family love within our communities. WAWATA has been at the forefront, championing efforts to promote family values and support systems. [...]

Continued in Women's Voice 

Annual meeting with moderators of associations of the faithful

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WUCWO participated on June 22nd 2023 in the regular annual meeting with moderators of associations of the faithful hosted by the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life in Rome.

On the 25th anniversary of the first World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities, organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity, which concluded with a solemn Pentecost Vigil in St. Peter's Square with Pope John Paul II on May 30, 1998, we gathered to reflect upon this year's theme: On Mission with Peter. Apostolicity at the Heart of the Movements' Identity.

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Event: Ecology of the Family and integral development

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Dear friends, 

WUCWO and the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe are happy to invite you to an event on the occasion of the Amoris laetitia Family YearEcology of the Family and integral development.
Livestream 25 October 2021, 18.00 – 20.00 (Rome time).

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WEBINAR: The new pastoral style of Amoris laetitia



The Embassy of France to the Holy See and the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO) are organising, in line with the Amoris laetitia Family Year, the international conference:

The new pastoral style of Amoris laetitia: welcoming, accompanying, discerning and integrating.

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Women in the Church: The Challenge of Synodality

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Women in the Church: The Challenge of Synodality
Friday, 18 June 2021
On 18 June, the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO) and the Latin American Academy of Catholic Leaders held the international conference Women in the Church: The Challenge of Synodality, which was attended by around 2,000 participants from more than 70 countries in 4 continents.

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Webinar with Sr Nathalie Becquart - Women in the Church: The challenge of synodality

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WUCWO and the Women's Network of the Latin-American Academy of Catholic Leaders with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation invite you to the international conference Women in the Church: the challenge of synodality on Friday, June 18 at 4 pm CET.

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On the occasion of the beginning of the “Amoris Laetitia Family” Year, the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations held three webinars (one for each of our languages) to disseminate methods to prevent abuse of the most vulnerable members of the family: children and adolescents.

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Webinar on Laudato Si' - 18th of February 2021

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The Ecology and Creation Sector of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development of the Holy See has invited WUCWO, as a Catholic NGO, to collaborate from a grassroot level in the launch of the 7-year plan wanted by Pope Francis to achieve the 7 Sustainable Goals of Laudato si':

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Presentation of the book "Pilar Bellosillo, a new image of woman in the Church"

copertina libro PBNext Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 pm CET the book on Pilar Bellosillo, an extraordinary woman who dedicated her life to the Church, will be presented online. She was President of WUCWO from 1961 to 1974 and now we are promoting the cause of her beatification. The webinar will have English translation even if the book has not yet been published in English.

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WUCWO participated to the 5th edition of Átrio dos Gentios, an initiative created by Cardinal Ravasi, Prefect of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

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Religion for Peace en Lindau

WUCWO participated to the first virtual meeting in the cycle “The leadership role of women of faith in international relations”. The event was organised by the Latin American Women of Faith of Religions for Peace. The opening speech was given by the President of WUCWO. You can download her presentation below (only in Spanish).

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On the 24th of November, WUCWO hosted a webinar on the female face of Evangelii Gaudium. The formation session was guided by Fr. Alexandre Awi Mello, Secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.

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Webinar on "Fratelli Tutti" guided by Cardinal Tagle


On the 17th of November, WUCWO hosted a webinar on the new Encyclical of Pope Francis Fratelli TuttiThe formation session was guided by Cardinal Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

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Webinar on "The new Encyclical of Pope Francis Fratelli Tutti"

WUCWO invites you to join the following formative session:

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This week we present you a Life Story of a WUCWO woman from Mexico.

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This week we present you a Life Story of a young WUCWO woman from Mali.

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This week we present you a Life Story of a WUCWO woman from Lebanon.

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This week we present you a Life Story of a WUCWO woman from Argentina.

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Solidarity and Synodality: Thinking about the Church in the time of the Coronavirus

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On Tuesday 28th April 2020 WUCWO organised a webinar on Solidarity and Synodality: Thinking about the Church in the time of the Coronavirus

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This week we present you a Life Story of a WUCWO woman, and her organisation, from the United States.

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This week we present you a Life Story of a WUCWO woman from France during this period of pandemic.

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Regina apostolorumOn September 26, the President General of WUCWO, María Lía Zervino, was invited to give a master class at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum on The main problems and challenges of women in Latin America - Common and distinctive elements.

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Cardinal Ouellet's Homily

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Below you can find Cardinal Ouellet's homily.

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Board meeting: formative moments

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From the 16th to the 22nd of May 2019 our Board meeting was held in Rome.

Down below you can watch the two formative moments we had.

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Cardinal Tagle's spiritual moment


Cardinal Tagle was able to join us on our Board meeting 2019, to guide a spiritual moment.

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WUCWO encourages and promotes the protection and care of the most vulnerable members of the family (resolution n. 2).

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Donate to WUCWO

If you wish to support WUCWO's mission, see below.

Thank you.


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for God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Cor. 9:7)


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Pilar Bellosillo was a woman unconditionally devoted to the service of God in the Church, especially in lay ecclesiastical institutions, in which she took on many different responsibilities.

Her main concern was the issue of women in society and in the Church. She also worked actively for ecumenism and all that amounted to progress in dialogue and reconciliation.

She served as WUCWO President from 1961 to 1974. We are now promoting her cause for beatification.



Lord God and our Father, we thank you for the fruitful life of Pilar Bellosillo, for her testimony of dedication to the cause of the Gospel, for her love for the Church, and for her dedicated and important work for the path of renewal in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council.

We thank you for the impetus she gave to the Church's laity and for her constant commitment to the promotion of women.

Trusting in her intercession, we put in your hands the grace we ask you to grant us. Make us, too, courageous and committed witnesses of the faith. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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Conference: Presentation of WWO's latest listening and networking results

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World Women's Observatory (WWO) of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO) 

Results of listening and networking 

On the 29th of May, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, in the Pius XI hall of Palazzo San Calisto, we will present the latest results of the World Women´s Observatory (WWO) of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO), the only Catholic Church's global observatory focusing on women's voices.

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Women of different faiths unite on International Women's Day for Peace

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The World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO), in collaboration with the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue (DID), celebrated again this year, as every year since 2019, the International Women's Day 2024 with an ecumenical and interreligious gathering, attended by more than 300 participants from all over the world.

Entitled "Women Sowing Seeds of Peace and Cultivating Encounter", this initiative took place on Tuesday 5 March 2024, with the participation of believing women belonging to different religious traditions. The aim was to reflect on the crucial role of women believers in building a culture of peace and encounter.

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Screening of "In-visibles" and "Esplosione del Canto"

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On March 1st at 7:00 PM, at the Institut français - Centre Saint-Louis - main headquarters (Rome), two short films by the renowned director Lia Beltrami will be presented: "In-Visibles" and "Esplosione del Canto". Both screenings capture the life paths of women from around the world who encounter everyday heroines: Catholic nuns who tirelessly work in the most remote corners of the planet to help those in need.

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“Invisibles No More”: Special Event on the occasion of the coming International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 2023. 

Rome, November 14 - Gender-based violence against women - physical, economic, cultural and psychological, including human trafficking, remains a worldwide scourge affecting millions of women. Worldwide, with statistics varying considerably from country to country, 35 per cent of women between 15-49 years of age have experienced physical and/ or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence, and in 38 per cent of the cases of women’s murders, the perpetrator has been their partner. Hundreds of millions of girls are at risk of slavery, mutilations, prostitution and/or forced and/or early marriage. These are just a few examples of the dramatic situation.

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International Women's Day 2024

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On March 5, 2024 from 3 pm to 4.30 pm (CET) in occasion of the International Women’s Day, you are invited to participate at online conference “Women Sowing Seeds of Peace and Cultivating Encounter.”

This  event, organised by the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) in collaboration with the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue and with the sponsorship of some Embassies to the Holy See, aims to reflect and react as women and men of faith to the culture of peace and encounter. 

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Walking with the Synod: Two Sessions of Prayer and Discernment with Participants in the Synodal Assembly

395768067 710257807801743 3519119075380946598 nDuring the month of October, Rome hosted the first Session of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (October 4-29, 2023), an unprecedented event in the history of the Church. For about a month, 464 participants from every corner of the globe, including 364 members, among them 54 women, lay and religious, with voting rights, gathered to understand, reflect, and discuss the future of the Church.

At the same time, the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO), the International Forum Catholic Action (IFCA), and the Italian Catholic Action organised two reflection and prayer meetings on October 18 and 26, involving men and women actively participating in the Synodal Assembly, under the title "Walking with the Synod."

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Walking with the Synod

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Forward-looking perspective from the experience of participants in the Synodal Assembly. 

Meeting with some of the participants in the Assembly. 

At this important moment in the life of the Church, we invite you to join us for a reflection meeting on Thursday, 26 October with women and men who are actively participating in the Synodal Assembly.

Organised by the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO), the International Forum of Catholic Action (IFCA) and the Italian Catholic Action (ACI).

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Simultaneous translation ENG-ESP-FRA-ITA. 

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Synod Webinars

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Witnesses and protagonists of change: World Women’s Observatory 

3 Webinars in preparation for the Assembly, from the perspective of women of the Synod

The upcoming Assembly of the Synod of Bishops promises to be an extraordinary event involving 85 women, 54 of whom will have the right to vote. This scenario of inclusiveness represents a significant step towards full collaboration between women and men within the Church.

As part of its ongoing Synodality and Women project, the World Women's Observatory (WWO) of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO), will organise on September 13th and 14th a cycle of three preparatory webinars entitled "Let Us Prepare for the Assembly in Dialogue with the Women of the Synod."

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World Women's Observatory Workshop in Tanzania

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The participants of the workshop, with Dr. Dorothy Gwajima, the Tanzanian Minister of Community Development, Gender, Women, and Special Groups, at the center. PH@PatoCaruso

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, recently concluded the second workshop organised by the World Women's Observatory (WWO), aptly titled “African Network against Violence and Discrimination of Women. First steps”. 

The four-day event, scheduled from July 3rd to July 6th, 2023, with the participation of 26 lay organisations, 27 congregations and 5 religious conferences representing 22 countries, fulfilled expectations of being a key meeting for empowering women and initiating a positive change. During this transformative event, the Observatory presented the initial results of its activities in Africa and shed light on existing best practices.

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Día Internacional Mujer 2023

"Women's Voices: Global Perspectives”


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8 March 2023.

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International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking

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The International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking takes place every year on February 8th, the day in which we celebrate the liturgical memory of St. Bakhita, the Sudanese nun who as a child had the dramatic experience of being kidnapped and enslaved and became the universal symbol of the Church's commitment against trafficking.

It is promoted by the International Unions of Superiors and Superiors General. The coordination of the network of partners and adherents is entrusted to Talitha Kum, the international network founded by the UISG and committed against trafficking in persons.

“Journeying in dignity” is the theme of the 9th Edition of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, celebrated on the 8th of February 2023.

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Women Building a Culture of Encounter Interreligiously

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The World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations, in collaboration with the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue, is carrying out an International Conference entitled “Women Building a Culture of Encounter Interreligiously” to be held in Rome, 25-27 January 2023.

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WUCWO's School for Synodality

Save the date feb landscape ENGOn February 27, 28, and 29, WUCWO begins its School for Synodality, organised through its World Women's Observatory (WWO). This school will start with some webinars:

  • The first will be in Spanish, on February 27, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Rome time. Register here;
  • the second in French, on February 28, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Rome time. Register here;
  • the third in English, on February 29, from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Rome time. Register here;
  • and the fourth also in English, on February 29, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Rome time. Register here

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The "WUCWO School for Synodality: The Mission of Women in the Synodal Church" is launched


Panelists of the 4 February webinars, participants of the Synodal Assembly

The "WUCWO School for Synodality", an initiative of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO) organised through its World Women's Observatory (WWO), began on 27, 28 and 29 February, in order to make known and put into practice the synodal methodology through different events. This first meeting began with four webinars whose main objective was to report on the progress of the synodal process, share experiences with synodal mothers, learn about the official documents of the Synod, deepen some proposals and look to the future with a synodal perspective.

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School for Synodality: Conversations in the Spirit

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The World Women's Observatory (WWO) of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO), in the framework of our School of Synodality, invites you to participate in the "Conversations in the Spirit to be held next 23 April".

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