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International Catholic movements are currently strengthening their cooperation regarding the presence in international institutions, thematic reflections, speaking out .... These movements have a long history associated with specialized Catholic Action, and had a strong influence in the society as well as in the Church. They are now living in a very different context compared to their origin. Are they still relevant today? What is their charism compared to lay movements born after the council? We will address this issue at our meeting on 22 and 23 May 2015.

1 Back on recent history and analysis.

In June 2014, Pax Romana ICMICA meets PCL (Pontifical Council for Laity): it seemed open to new relationship. In October 2014, we ask to attend the conference organized in November. PCL replied that it was a special meeting for new communities, but proposed to do something special for us. In November, a first project was discussed with the PCL officer in charge of associations. But in January, final negative answer, they just want to meet us individually, under our request.

On 17 June 2014, we – the international leaders of the International Movements of Catholic inspiration, comprising IMAC, ICYCW, MIJARC, IYCW, WMCW, Pax Romana, and MIAMSI – gathered in Paris. The purpose of our meeting was to renew old ties grown distant with time.

The event provided us with a number of opportunities; we were able to take time to get to know each other, and to share the lives of international organizations today, but also to look to the future, and to outline our plans for long-lasting collaboration.