Message from the Committee and Secretariat

Pictured with the Holy Father, from left to right, Committee members Fermina Álvarez Alonso, Daniel Guéry, Johan Ketelers, Michel Roy, Jorge Diaz Fereira, Alfred Fernandez, Vincenzo Conso, Giampaolo Silvestri, and Secretariat Geoffrey Strickland

In November 2007 approximately 90 Catholic Inspired Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) with consultative status before intergovernmental institutions constituted a Forum. In so doing their intention was to identify and develop means of collaboration regarding international issues, in the hope to thereby achieve a more efficacious presence and action.

The Forum was conceived as a place of dialogue and exchange among Catholic Inspired NGOs in order to offer a strengthened Christian witness at the international level. This witness is at the service of the common good of humanity, the defense of human life and dignity, as well as the promotion of global peace in a spirit of communion and generosity.

The Forum invites organizations to consider the approach articulated in the papal encyclical Caritas in Veritate, namely, that new solutions are “to be found together in the light of an integral vision of man, reflecting the different aspects of the human person, contemplated through a lens purified by charity” (32).

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