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Maryanne Loughry Re-Elected to International Catholic Migration Commission

Maryanne Loughry RSM meets Pope Francis



Maryanne Loughry RSM has been re-elected to the Council of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), at a meeting in Rome that included an audience with Pope Francis.


Sister Loughry will continue in her role as Treasurer of the 14-member Governing Committee, joining Dr Anne Therese Gallagher (an Australian-born lawyer, practioner and scholar) who was elected President at the March 12 meeting. The meeting also ratified Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo and adopted a Strategic Framework for 2019-2022 for ICMC and its members.


The ICMC is composed of representatives of national Catholic Bishops’ Conferences as well as national-level Catholic coordinating structures and specialized agencies serving refugees and migrants, the Council met in Rome from March 6-8. It was received in private audience by Pope Francis on March 8.


“I would like to reaffirm that the cause of this organization is the cause of Christ himself,” said  Pope Francis, in his address to the ICMC members.


“Today as in the past, liberating the poor, the oppressed and the persecuted is an integral part of the mission entrusted by God to the Church,” Pope Francis said, and added: “The work of your Commission represents a tangible expression of this important missionary commitment.”


Pope Francis highlighted the importance of the negotiations towards global agreements on refugees and on migration being carried out by the international community. These processes are “a privileged forum” to implement an “open and sincere dialogue with government leaders.”


Such a dialogue is essential “to set free those who today are oppressed, rejected and enslaved,” Pope Francis said. “Together we must encourage countries to coordinate more suitable and effective responses to the challenges posed by issues of migration.”


A keynote address to the Council was delivered by Dr. Anna Rowlands, Associate Professor, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, UK. Her paper ‘Catholic Teaching and Tradition: Guiding ICMC’s Response to the Human Face of Migration’. Click on the arrow below to watch this address and link below to download her address.



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