Women's Group Receives Canonical Status

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VATICAN CITY, MARCH 26, 2007 (Zenit.org).- The World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations has received the status of a public international association of the faithful under canon law.

The Pontifical Council for Laity made the recognition. On Wednesday, Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, president of that Vatican dicastery, celebrated the recognition with leaders of the organization.

Founded in 1910, the women's group promotes the presence, participation and co-responsibility of Catholic women in Church and society in order to enable them to fulfill their mission of evangelization and to work for human development.

Its membership includes almost 100 organizations, active in 66 countries, and represents millions of Catholic women.

President-General Karen Hurley said, "This status honors the tireless efforts of millions of faithful Catholic women active in our union at the parish, diocesan, national and international levels."