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Council 50

<> <> <> Towards a Church, Inspired by the Gospel, for the world <> <> <> Vers une Eglise, inspirée par l’Evangile, pour le monde <> <> <> Rumbo hacia una Iglesia para el mundo, inspirada en el Evangelio <> <> <> Auf dem Weg zu einer Kirche - inspiriert vom Evangelium - für die Welt <> <> <> Por uma Igreja inspirada no Evangelho - para o mundo <> <> <> Verso una Chiesa ispirata dal Vangelo per il mondo <> <> <>

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Those named below signed the Declaration while at the Council 50 conference in Rome, November 2015


R Alphonso India Satyashodak, a feminist collective in Mumbai
Allwyn D'Silva India Secretary, Climate Change Desk, Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences
Paul Hwang South Korea Director, Center for Asia Peace and Solidarity (Woori Theology Institute); Chair Theological committee, Pax Romana – ICMICA; Asian Lay Leader Forum (ALL)
Nontando Hadebe Zimbabwe/South Africa St Augustine College, Johannesburg; We Are All Church South Africa (WAACSA)
Douglas Irvine South Africa We Are All Church, South Africa (WAACSA)
Germaine Lipeb Cameroon Réseau des Anciens Jecistes d’Afrique (RAJA)
Georges Obolo Gabon Réseau des Anciens Jecistes d’Afrique (RAJA)
François Becker France Secretary General, European Network Church on the Move
Vittorio Bellavite Italy Noi Siamo Chiesa
Miriam Duignan United Kingdom Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research; & Women's Ordination Worldwide
Michel Fressoz France CIME (Chrétiens Ici Maintenant Ensemble) Montpellier
Hursi Godefroy France Parvis (France)
Raymond Godefroy France Parvis G3i
Sigrid Grabmeier Germany Chair, IMWAC (International Movement We are Church
Fernand Jehl France Groupe Jonas, Représentant le Réseau au Conseil de l’Europe Eglises et Libertés
Marie-Anne Jehl France Fédération des Réseaux du Parvis (France),
Enric Vilà i Lanao Spain EF LGBT (European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups)
Raquel Mallavibarrena Spain Corriente Somos Eglesia; Redes Cristianas;
Marina Sartorio Switzerland Dialoghi,  Lugano (Switzerland)
Ed Schreurs Netherlands Dutch Catholic Reform Association Mariënburg;
Massimiliano Tosato Italy Coordination of European Base Communities
Christian Weisner Germany Wir sind kirche (We Are Church)
Isabel Felix Brazil CDD-BR – Católicas pelo Direito de Decidir
Socorro Martinez Maqueo Mexico Servicio de Articulación de las Comunidades Eclesiales de Based e América Latina
Lula Ramires Brazil GAPD – Grupo de Ação Pastoral da Diversidade, Brazil (LGBT Catholic Group)
Daniel Seidel Brazil Movimento Fé e Política (Faith and Politics Movement)
Edson G. P. O. Silva Brazil CLASP – Conselho do Laicato da Arquidiocese de São Paulo (Sao Paulo Archdiocesan Lay Board)
Kate McElwee USA Women's Ordination Worldwide
Jamie L. Manson USA Columnist & books editor, National Catholic Reporter

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In Rome in November 2015 we gathered 100 people from all over the world to revive the aggiornamento of Vatican II.

We committed ourselves in a Declaration already signed by many who were present.

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The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.  Matthew 13, 31-32


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We, disciples of Jesus, faithful Catholic members of the people of God, assembled in Rome on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council,

aware of the many challenges posed by our changing world,

being sensitive to the 'signs of the times',

considering the present situation of our Church and its difficulties in meeting these challenges,

conscious that any behaviour of Christians and of our Church contrary to the evangelical message diverts the world from the Spirit of Jesus and prevents it from recognizing the strength of the Gospel,

recognizing our own weaknesses and deficiencies, but confident in the strength which faith in Jesus gives us

and furthermore being responsive to the appeals made by Pope Francis, who is strengthening consultation processes in the Church,

after praying to the Holy Spirit, in following Jesus and with the spirit of Vatican II and of the Pact of the Catacombs in mind,

commit ourselves

(a) to work for the further renewal of our Church so that she testifies to the Spirit of Jesus and the strength of the Gospel to meet the challenges of our time, and

(b) to contribute to the reorientation of our world especially by giving a voice to the poor and the marginalised, so that it may become a world of peace, justice and solidarity, a world that respects our planet as our common home, and allows every person to blossom in their individuality and deepens the value accorded to their humanity.


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