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Pilgrimage

The Catholic Women’s Council (CWC) is a coalition of Catholic women’s groups and networks representing five continents, various countries, language and cultural groups, which are joining together on a pilgrimage towards Rome. Through virtual, local and global initiatives, these groups will express their creativity and discovery of the dignity and equality of women in the Church.

In the months leading ahead, initiatives by CWC affiliated groups will be shared below with the goal to explore the understanding of equal dignity and equal rights in the Church. Each pilgrimage can take many different forms. We challenge you to be creative! There will be meetings, lectures, common prayers, conversations, artistic expressions, concerts, debates, dancing, bicycle trips and more. We hope these initiatives by our member groups will inspire, uncover and express the hope, the commonalities and the struggles that many Catholics grapple with around the world.

Our Goal

These virtual and physical pilgrimages will lead our united groups to better understand the perspectives, strengths and struggles of Catholic women around the world. We hope that through shared understanding with our global sisters, different voices can come together in a harmonious vision of hope for the Church.

Initiatives

All events and initiatives are organised by CWC affiliated groups. Find out below where your local CWC event is happening or join an online, virtual initiative.

Not an affiliated group of CWC? Click here to find out how your group can join.

Initiatives location

Donne Per La Chiesa – Tra Sorelle e Fratelli

Donne per La Chiesa - Uno spazio per conoscerci e confrontarci sulla Chiesa che viviamo e che sogniamo insieme
Italy
6 February | 10:00am CET

Abuse and Reform in the Catholic Church with Doris Wagner

We Are Church Ireland presents Doris Reisinger (Wagner) who was a nun for 8 years, but left after being abused by priests. She campaigns for reforms to protect religious.
Ireland
15 March | 7:30pm GMT

Women’s Ordination

Join We Are Church Ireland for their first event of the year
Ireland
2 February | 7:30pm GMT

Critique as a sign of love – young catholic female voices

Voices of Faith's first event for 2021! Young catholics will share their criticisms and their hopes for the future of the Church.
Italy
30 January | 11:00am CET

WATAC Presents Feminism and Australian Christian Women

WATAC Presents (via Zoom) features current and future women leaders in the fields of social justice, theology, biblical studies, church reform and feminism. We invite you to be in conversation with them about their work, research and what matters to them.
Australia
10 February | 6:00pm AEDT

Past Initiatives

The CWC network has run common global actions as well as their own locally led initiatives. Click on the button below to browse past pilgrimage actions.

Express yourself

We want to know, what dignity and equality mean to you as a Catholic. Express your ideas in your own creative way – it could be an inspiring message or a vision of the future of our Church, an artwork, a poem or a song. Share a symbol, a sign or a story. We are curious about what you want to add to our mosaique!

Click the pictures below to see how other Catholics around the world are expressing themselves.

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