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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.


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”.







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.

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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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


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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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

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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”.

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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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.

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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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."

Pope Francis' speech about the marriage

web image mariageDear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning.

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

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

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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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The Pope urges action against human trafficking

PHOTO WEB pape FrançoisVatican 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”.

Women's Voice

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Voices from our Member Organisations which are testimony to the commitment of WUCWO´s members on the theme: WUCWO Women, Carriers of "living water" to a world which thirsts for Peace.

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