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International Catholic Conference of Guiding

Activities Involve 2 Million Guides

VATICAN CITY, 29 May 2006 (ZENIT)

Here is the description of the International Catholic Conference of Guiding which appears in the Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, published by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

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Official name: International Catholic Conference of Guiding

Acronym: ICCG

Established: 1965

History: ICCG was established by some 20 organizations belonging to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. The first meetings of Catholic guide leaders from various countries began in 1948, and were held every three years. In 1953 the secretariat was established to guarantee contacts and exchanges between one meeting and the next.

As the initiative developed, the idea emerged to set up a permanent structured organization. In 1977, at the World Council in Rome, the ICCG adopted the Catholic Guides Charter which laid down the principles for its work.

Recognized by the Holy See as an international Catholic organization, the ICCG is a member of the Conference of International Catholic Organizations.

Identity: ICCG brings together the national Catholic guides associations, national interdenominational guiding organizations with a Catholic majority, and national groups of Catholic guides.

Its purpose is to help the member organizations to transform guiding into a real instrument for education in the faith, and to publicize its educational value, activities and its experience with interdenominational/interfaith cooperation.

Organization: The ICCG is governed by the council which has decision-making powers and meets every three years, comprising the members of the secretariat, two representatives of every member organization and their ecclesiastical assistants.

The secretariat, which has executive functions, is composed of the general secretary, who represents the conference, the general ecclesiastical assistant, the deputy assistant, and four to six members elected by the council.

Membership: ICCG has 37 member associations and 12 corresponding associations in 49 countries. Its activities involve about 2 million Catholic guides.

Web site: www.cicg-iccg.org.

Headquarters:

Conférence Internationale Catholique du Guidisme
Rocca 1933
8300 Neuquen
Argentina

Tel. (54) 299.448.4186 Fax 299.442.2121

E-mail: cicg_coordmundial@yahoo.com.ar

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