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Fondacio at the IV Forum of Catholic-Inspired Organizations in Rome

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

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From December 5 to 7, 2019, Alice Tan (Malaysia – Vice-President of Fondacio) and Marc Bezançon (France – Director of Fondacio Development) represented Fondacio at the Forum Assembly in Rome.

A total of 139 participants from 101 Catholic-inspired organizations took part in the Forum and deliberated on the theme “ Towards a more inclusive society ”.

Thematic clusters were organized on the following themes: human rights, development, health, education, family, migration and youth. The initiative was also inspired by the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

At the end of the Forum, participants had the opportunity to meet His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican. In his speech, he proposed 3 ways to strengthen Catholic-inspired organizations: “ Training members, taking the necessary means and coordinating initiatives through teamwork . “He concluded by assuring those present,The Church and the Pope need your work, your commitment and your testimony at the frontiers of the international community”. And he encouraged them to “move forward with courage and ever-renewed hope” “.

During the personal meeting with the pope, Alice and Mark both said to the pope:We love you. Thanks for everything you’ve done.“And the Pope said, ‘ I need it, pray for me ‘.

They were filled with joy through this unforgettable meeting and said that the blessing of the Holy Father was certainly for the whole of Fondacio!

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