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General Assembly 2018

​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.

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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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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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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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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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