Catholic Women's League gathering stresses justice, peace, cooperation

The international conference of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO), which concluded this week in Arlington, Virginia, focused on social justice and world peace.

WUCWO member organisations include the Catholic Women's League Australia (CWLA), which sent eight delegates.

Catholic News Service reports that Arlington was awash with the brightly coloured native costumes of countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Europe as more than 700 women from 39 countries gathered for the international meeting.

The conference, centred on the theme "Women Peacemakers: United in Faith and Action", was hosted by the National Council of Catholic Women, which has its headquarters in Arlington.

"Unless we are aware of what is going on, we can't do anything about it," said Mary Rickaby, a conference attendee from England.

The conference featured speakers from around the world including Flaminia Giovanelli from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; Fr John Jai-Don Lee, the first priest to run the Office of Environmental Ministry in Seoul, Korea; and a panel of women peacemakers.

Among the eight Australian delegates were Jean Tanzer, Margaret Toomey, Eris Smyth, Eileen Hogg, Madge Fahy and Brenda Finlayson.

According the CWLA's website (www.cwla.org.au), Ms Finlayson, who is also WUCWO editor, was a candidate for WUCWO's Presidency.

International women's gathering stresses justice, peace, cooperation (Catholic News Service 6/6/06)
Look who's going to the WUCWO General Assembly in Arlington, Virginia, USA (Catholic Women's League Australia)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
WUCWO | General Assembly 2006
Cathoilc Women's League Australia
National Council of Cathoilc Women (USA)

8 Jun 2006