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Let's celebrate WUCWO! Memories on the occasion of the 110th anniversary

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

 

EDITORIAL, Virginia Rivero Lozada

With this editorial, I joyfully join the past and present WUCWO women from all over the world who, for over 100 years, have dedicated their lives 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.”

LET US CELEBRATE WUCWO!

It is 110 years of life of an organisation of Catholic faithful with a worldwide impact which brings together millions of women to act and work to fulfil its mission. These women also interact in unity with other religions, with an ecumenical vocation, to build peace, build bridges, strengthen dialogue and realise the Gospel values of peace, justice, solidarity, mercy and love. [...]

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MESSAGE OF THE PRESIDENT GENERAL, María Lía Zervino, Servidora

When I think of 110 years of WUCWO, the first thing that comes to my heart is to sing a Magnificat. Great things the Lord has done in and through WUCWO. It is up to us, who today have the privilege and responsibility of being members of its organisations, to proclaim with joy and gratitude the works He has done in it.

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Without pretending to point out the milestones in WUCWO's history, I will offer just a few glimpses of our trajectory: the rapid spread to all continents; the presence from the beginning in the League of Nations and the United Nations; the participation, thanks to Pilar Bellosillo, its president - today a Servant of God - in the Second Vatican Council; its drive for ecumenical dialogue and its closeness to the Holy See as an international public association of the faithful. [...]

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MESSAGE OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL, Lavinia Rocchi Carrera

As you may know the Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops has recently launched the process for the 2023 Synod which will have as a theme: “For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission”.

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In preparation to the 2023 Synod, in line with Pope Francis, who affirms that synodality is the path "which God expects of the Church of the third millennium” and as part of its formation agenda WUCWO decided to organise a webinar entitled Women in the Church: the challenge of synodality last 18th June.

The main panellist was Sr. Nathalie Becquart, the first woman to be appointed  undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops and the first woman in the history of the Catholic Church to have the right to vote at Synods. The webinar represented a unique opportunity for many men and women to meet and talk with Sr. Nathalie on the role of women, both lay and consecrated, in the Church. [...]

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“TRACING CWO KOREA'S VOYAGE WITH WUCWO”, Isabella Park

The history of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations (”WUCWO”) with the Catholic Women's Organizations of Korea (CWO Korea) is now almost forty years long. During that time, WUCWO has had a vast influence on CWO Korea.  WUCWO broadened our horizons and taught us the wisdom to see things from a global perspective, and to embrace other organizations. Before we met WUCWO, we were like a big fish in a little pond, as we were the leading Catholic Women's Organization in a small country at the far end of Northeast Asia.

WUCWO showed us to reach out to our neighboring countries in need and to stand in solidarity with them as a member of the Catholic sisterhood around the world. [...]

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"HAPPY 110TH ANNIVERSARY”, Marie Salomé Biongla

 [...] Through the National Episcopal Conference, we have been able to promote WUCWO to other Cameroonian organisations, like the Mamans du Monastere, EKOAN Maria and others. We are at the service of God, the Church and society through the values of the Gospel, the teaching of the Magisterium, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Social Doctrine of the Church.

We seek to carry out actions that put men on their feet with emphasis on women and girls. We support and accompany apostolic workers during and after their missions. [...]

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“WHAT WUCWO MEANS TO ME”, Gillian Badcock

As a former Secretary General (1996 – 2009) it might be assumed that I would see WUCWO from the perspective of meetings, minutes and reports but you would be wrong.

One of WUCWO’S great values is that it is a means of learning more about the differences of culture and circumstance faced by women bound together in the universality of our shared Catholic faith. A few of many examples include memories of west African women at the 1987 General Assembly in London. [...]

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 “A TESTIMONY: WHAT WUCWO MEANS TO ME?”, Gabriella Nényei

[...] WUCWO began to track down the seemingly “dead” organisations under the Presidency of Marie Therese Van Heteren Hogenhuis and she found KALASZ even though it was hardly known even in Hungary. How? Surely with Christian zeal, hope and love under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

In 1991 WUCWO held a General Assembly in Guadalajara, Mexico and I had the privilege of being the delegate from our re-born organisation. Can anybody imagine what this meant for me?

I was born when persecution against Christians began, our Archbishop, Cardinal Mindszenty was tortured in prison with other priests, monks, and protestant bishops. Some died as a consequence of their sufferings, others were executed. All who worked in God’s vineyard, like KALASZ activists, were persecuted too. All my life those people, so committed to God, had to live their faith in secret. We hardly knew about each other, and living our faith together as sisters and brothers in Christ was risky and dangerous.

Through WUCWO the whole Catholic World opened for me at once! A miracle! [...]

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 “INTO CHARITABLE ACTS”, Meg Anozia

The Ladies of Saint Mulumba (LSM) Nigeria is an association of the wives of the Knights of Saint Mulumba (KSM) Nigeria. The order of the Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM) Nigeria is based in the Catholic Church and often referred to as the defenders of the church. World Union Catholic Women Organization (WUCWO) is an umbrella of all Catholic Women Organizations which LSM also belongs and observes all activities designed by WUCWO.

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The aims and objectives of LSM include:

1. To serve the Catholic Church and the society by promoting religious, social and economic activities for the benefit of the people in the country.

2. To promote good will and fellowship among members and apply Catholic principles in all aspects of life. [...]

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