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WUCWO Newsletter April/May 2018



World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations

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The new Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis
Precisely for us, WUCWO women that live in our current world, Pope Francis has published a new document, Gaudete et exsultate: on the call to holiness in today’s world. “…unknown or forgotten women who, each in her own way, sustained and transformed families and communities by the power of their witness” (GE 12) are recognised. As WUCWO, we thank our Holy Father for giving us this exhortation whose “goal is to repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunities” (GE 2). 

Click here for the Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate by Pope Francis.

Meeting in the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life

The Under Secretary for the Laity, Dr. Linda Ghisoni, the Under Secretary for Life, Dr. Gabriella Gambino, and Grazia Villani have received the President General, Maria Giovanna Ruggieri, the Ecclesiastical Assistant, Father Gerard Whelan, SJ and the Secretary General, María Lía Zervino, Servidora, on April 11. WUCWO was presented to the new undersecretaries; they were also invited to the General Assembly of Dakar 2018. Our activities aroused great interest in the Dicastery authorities.

Read more here.

General Assembly Dakar 2018 in progress

New deadline for registration:
1st June 2018

In order to facilitate the participation in our General Assembly and because of the postponement requests received, it has been decided to postpone the deadline for registration to June 1st. Please find in our web site the brochure and the registration form. Thanks for sending to the Secretariat your registration form together with the transfer receipt. On the other hand, please take note that all logistic information must be asked to: cudafcssenegal@gmail.com.

For the brochure and the registration form click here.

Wealth of liturgy and prayers

In a meeting in Rome with Sister Anne-Michel Sarr, Ecclesiastical Counselor of CUDAFC, the Eucharistic Liturgies to be prepared by each region were planned. The religiosity of the African continent will be enriching the celebrations of opening and closing Masses of our General Assembly. The intercession of the Holy Spirit will be especially present in daily prayers, together with joy, piety and "colours” of dance and music.

Scholarship procedure for participation in the General Assembly

Until 1st June, each member of the Board can present a young woman candidate for a scholarship to participate in the Dakar General Assembly. The young woman won’t have to pay anything in Dakar. All the expenses for her stay in Senegal will be covered by WUCWO.
This registration will remain “conditional” until the young woman proves to participate actively in the life of WUCWO through her inputs, experiences, comments, researches and through her interaction in the social media (Facebook, Instagram). If, by September, she has demonstrated her interest in WUCWO’s topics, the scholarship will be definitively approved and confirmed to the young woman and to the Board member who presented her..
The candidate has to present her travel ticket to and from Senegal (roundtrip) and, once she has participated in all the sessions of the General Assembly, WUCWO will reimburse the 50% of ​her travel ticket.

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WUCWO intervention during a seminar 
at FAO

On March 14th the Catholic inspired NGOs based in Rome held a seminar at FAO about “Diversified and sustainable agriculture in the light of Laudato Si'”.
A panel was organised with the participation of Daniel Gustafson, FAO General Vice Director, H.E. Mgr Silvano Tomasi, from the Dicastery of Integral Human Development, and H.E. Mgr Fernando Chica Arellano, Permanent Observer of the Holy See at FAO. WUCWO President General Maria Giovanna Ruggieri was present. In her intervention, she spoke about the commitment for the sustainable development, especially through the projects WUCWO supports in different areas of the planet.

WUCWO at OSCE for fighting against human trafficking

The 18th Alliance against Trafficking in Persons conference entitled “Everyone has a Role: How to Make a Difference Together”, took place on 23-24 April 2018 at the OSCE Congress Center, in Vienna. The Secretary General represented WUCWO. The conference emphasised that a viable anti-trafficking strategy and response relies on comprehensive as well as effective local, national, regional, international and multi-disciplinary partnerships.

Meeting with the International Catholic Migration Commission

Dr. Anne Therese Gallagher is the new ICMC President. WUCWO President General and Secretary General met her and Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, Secretary General of ICMC, in Rome, on April 9. The new President welcomed the news about the General Assembly in Senegal and the fact of working together for "family and migration" at the United Nations in Geneva, where WUCWO coordinates the FWG of the Forum of catholic-inspired NGOs with ECOSOC status.

International Congress on Christianity in China

The impact, the interaction and the inculturation of Christianity in the Chinese Society were the issues of the Congress held at the Gregorian University in Rome (March 22-23) where WUCWO was invited. Our President General attended the meeting. She interacted with representatives of the Chinese Catholic Church to strengthen possible links with Catholic women's organisations in that country.

Drinking water provided by MIRA

A WUCWO member organisation, Misiones Rurales Argentinas, requested the cooperation of rural teachers to collect data that highlighted the serious problems in areas irrigated by contaminated water, in some cases by chemical waste from the mines, and in others, simply because the wells are dried. They chose schools where they installed filters donated from Germany, and with a state agency they are working to give water to vegetable gardens of other schools.

Rights of women employees in India

The Council of Catholic Women of India, a WUCWO member organisation, has a Newsletter through which their women are instructed in their rights. Very often employers and institutions are guilty of taking advantage of their workers, especially the uneducated and economically weak women. Ten basic rights of an employee in India are explained in the last  CCWI Newsletter to promote members to be aware of the rights so that they can raise their voices in their defense when required.

WUCWO DAY
13 May 2018

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) (See the prayer prepared by WUCWO Asia-Pacific Region with contributions from Australia, Lebanon and Philippines.)

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