Global Council Network

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 <> <> <>


Goals, spirit and project of structure


1) goals

   - Create an opportunity for reform and progressive groups to make visible what already exists and is hidden, namely their ways of being Church inspired by the spirit of Vatican II, their reflections on the ways to live and express their faith in the 21st century; A hidden part of the Church is getting off the catacombs (see below);

   - Organize a place to present and discuss new ideas and new ways of being church;

            - Develop awareness, networking and new relationships among reform and             progressive groups;

            - Open new opportunities of dialogue with the Institution and the overall Church;


2) spirit :

Acts 15, 2-4 “2) Therefore when Paul and Barnabas had no small discord and discussion with them, they appointed Paul and Barnabas, and some others of them, to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this question. 3) They, being sent on their way by the assembly, passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles. They caused great joy to all the brothers. 4) When they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the assembly and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all things that God had done with them.”

            As the apostles and the disciples did, it is proposed that the different groups, reform groups, grass-root communities, eventually parishes, the “local churches”, through the world mandate one or two delegates, per countries or regions to meet together in Rome. Interested people and guests are invited too. All are welcome and have the opportunity to communicate their views, to speak together, and to identify a possible “ future for the people of God” from their experience in a bottom-up processes:


3) Activities

Two types of activities, a first type at the local level and a second one at Rome:

a) Meetings and activities in the different countries around the world

            It is suggested that local teams be appointed by local groups and that these local teams organize themselves local activities, in coordination with the international coordinating team. Aim: identify key issues they want to address and messages they want to convey and that will be presented (in a way to finalize) during the meeting and the celebration at Rome.

            Eventually, reports on the expectation of the “People” following their response to a questionnaire that could be prepared and launched by the international coordinating team and that could be developed and adapted locally to take into account the local particularities

b) Meeting and activities at Rome

            Prepared by the team in Rome in coordination with the international coordinating team according to the scheme presented in 1.4) below.


4) Suggested structure (to be discussed) and dates of the activities in Rome


Gathering of

  • 100-150 delegate sent by different countries following their local activities (see above point 1.3-a) and international reform groups (to be finalized),
  • Other people interested to join. Assess number according to the place chosen;
  • Delegates from groups of other religions on invitation (to be discussed)



A week-end from Friday to Sunday:

  • Friday available for the different groups for their meetings and particular activities. It is possible to start on Friday the market place proposed on Saturday for those interested; other activities to propose
  • Saturday morning: Plenary assembly: introduction with two talks by key people (suggestion : one man and one woman from north and south regions) on key issues for a future of the  people of God; report on the responses to the questionnaire filled-in in all the countries and regions, point to be discussed), and debate (people can ask questions and make comments through the techniques of papers distributions).

Eventually broadcasted via internet to local groups

  • Saturday afternoon : presentation of the activities of the different groups throughout the world. The organization of this afternoon is flexible and other ideas might be implemented:

            - short presentations of experience and expectations within each continent (or region). Each continent (or region) might be interested to have a speaker presenting an overview of what happens in the different countries of the continent or region;

            - organization of a “speaker corner” with a list of presentation of those interested to present ideas, practices, etc.. 

            - a market place with panels made by each groups presenting their experience, their expectations, etc… and people circulating from one panel to one another;

            - Possible teleconferences and/or presentations of short videos from groups;

  • Saturday evening : cultural event, possibly in a different venue in Rome
  • Sunday morning : Celebration with active participation of the groups. Each continent or region is invited to prepare a contribution to the celebration. Possible place: the square near Catacombs of Domitilla. Possible actions in the city, to be discussed.


For financial reasons and for availability of places to stay and to meet, three slots have been selected:

- October 2015,   23-24-25

- November 2015,   6-7-8

- November 2015, 13-14-15


The dates will be fixed at the next meeting of the coordinating group, 2-3 March 2014 in Rome

Note: Some flexibility should be allowed to take eventually into account the conclusions of the synod that will take place in Rome on 5-20 October 2015




à l’occasion du 50ème anniversaire du Concile Vatican II

proposé par IMWAC et le Réseau Européen Eglise et Liberté


1 Présentation du projet


Le Concile Vatican II fut une étape remarquable vers une ouverture de l’Eglise catholique aux évolutions du monde qui a généré de grandes espérances. Les décisions du Concile sont à l’heure actuelle sévèrement corrigées par une part importante de l’Eglise catholique soutenue par les positions de Benoît XVI.

C’est pourquoi IMWAC (Mouvement International Nous Sommes Eglise), lors de son conseil 2008, et le Réseau Européen, lors de son congrès 2008, sont convenus de proposer d’organiser avec tous les mouvements et associations qui seraient intéressés de grands rassemblements du Peuple de Dieu dans chaque pays, pour terminer par un rassemblement mondial du Peuple de Dieu à Rome le jour [anniversaire] de la clôture du Concile Vatican II le 7 décembre 2015 sur le thème « une Eglise pour le XXIème siècle ».


2 Objectifs du projet

Plusieurs groupes se battent toujours pour le renouveau de l’Eglise catholique. Ils souhaitent qu’elle devienne plus démocratique, qu’elle intègre et respecte les Droits Humains, une Eglise qui témoigne du Christ en se comportant selon les Evangiles. Ainsi, ils sont attachés à la liberté de conscience, à l’acculturation, au dialogue interreligieux, à l’œcuménisme, à la créativité liturgique, etc.


L’objectif de ce projet est

  1. De donner une énergie nouvelle à ce large éventail de mouvements, de leur donner la possibilité d’interagir, une chance de voir que « nous ne sommes pas seuls », avec, de plus, l’occasion d’une plus grande visibilité (par ex. des rassemblements de masse).
  2. De relancer nos propositions pour le renouveau de l’Eglise catholique, en créant des occasions de partage et en les vivant.



On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 2nd Vatican Council


proposed by IMWAC and the European Network Church on the Move





The Second Vatican Council was a remarkable step towards opening the Catholic Church to the modern world and it generated important hope. The decisions of the Council are being strongly revised by a reactionary part of the Catholic Church, supported by the positions of Benedict XVI.


This is why IMWAC (the International Movement We Are Church), during its Annual Council in 2008, and the European Network, during its Annual Conference the same year, agreed upon the proposal to bring the Council 50 Project into being.


Working alongside all movements and associations who are interested, the Project will encourage large meetings of the People of God in each country, culminating in a world meeting of the People of God in Rome on the anniversary of the closure of the Second Vatican Council. (7th December 2015) The theme of the assembly will be “a Church for the 21stcentury”.




Diverse groups throughout the world wish the Catholic Church to be more democratic, inclusive and have genuine respect for Human Rights. They want it to be a Church that witnesses to the Risen Christ by behaving according to the Gospels. They cherish, for instance, freedom of conscience, inculturation, inter-religious dialogue, ecumenism, creativity in liturgy, etc


The goals of this project are:

  • to give new energy to this broad spectrum of movements: to give them an opportunity to interact and a chance to see that “we are not alone”. Greater visibility will be achieved through well publicised gatherings both local, national and international.

  • to champion our proposals for the renewal of the Catholic Church, by creating opportunities of sharing and living them,

  • to strengthen the networking between the groups.