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Private Audience of ICCS with Pope Francis

Private Audience of ICCS with Pope Francis

We are very happy to announce that His Holiness Pope Francis invited for a private audience the ICCS World Chairman, the World President, and the World Chaplain in the framework of the celebrations of the 100 years of Catholic Scouts on Saturday 25th January 2014.

What we told to the Pope?
A presentation of ICCS, of its scopes, its worldwide structure, its relationships with WOSM and the Pontifical Council for the Laity was explained and commented by World Chairman Bray Barnes.

World President Roberto Cociancich remarked that scouts have lived since ever on the frontiers. Scouts is actually the word used for those who go ahead to explore the frontiers. Today’s frontiers are not only geographical frontiers but are also of cultural, religious and social injustice nature.
Today the scout movement (WOSM) is fully engaged in promoting the inter-religious dialogue among its members.

In this framework ICCS commitment is to be fully scout and fully catholic: we want to be catholic in the scout movement and to be scout in the Catholic Church.

To be catholic in the scout movement means to bring there the sense of brotherhood, friendship, solidarity, and most of all the sense of God. It also means to work for the inter-religious dialogue.

To be scout in the Catholic Church means to bring a simplicity and practical spirit and to be a place where Christians may easily feel to be at home and even those who have difficulties with the ecclesiastical hierarchies may found a welcome

ICCS members are working to spread the sense of justice, service to the human family, the commitment for peace.

World Chaplain Father Jacques Gagey reminded that the Centennial was inspired by the light of father Jacques Sevin, who was recently declared venerable by Pope Benedict XVI. The cause of his beatification was pleaded by the World Chaplain who also outlined that thanks to Father Sevin the roots of scouting have been deeply rooted in the Catholicism. Jacques Sevin supported at the same time the inter-religious dimension in the World.
This was the reason why he always had a friendly approach to many non believers when they were not irreligious ( in the sense explained by B.-P.).

What the Pope told us?

Pope Francis listened and paid attention with great attention and kindness. He raised several questions and mentioned his experience with the Argentinian Scouts. He also mentioned cardinal Mario Poli, the new Cardinal Bishop of Buenos Aires, who has been scout since when he was very young and is still now the national Chaplain of Argentina.

Pope Francis encouraged and urged scouts to go ahead, and then to go again ahead. He observed that in order to go ahead it is necessary not to be stolen of our hope. Who can robe our hope, he asked? The worldliness, the temptations of the world, the consumerism, the research of easy pleasures, the hedonism, in other words all those things that try to persuade us that heavens are here right now.

Pope Francis also recommended not to forget the issue of the legacy. We are not the owners of the Earth nor of the World. We received the Earth as a legacy by those who were before us. Such Legacy does not belong to us. We simply have to take care of it for a temporary period and we owe it to our children and those who will come after us.

This is the meaning of the ICCS Centennial theme: “keep the lamp burning”.

The papal private audience took place in a very friendly and warm atmosphere even if carried out under the rules of the diplomacy. It was the first time since many years that ICCS had such a great honor to meet His Holiness in private audience.

Audience privée de la CICS avec le Pape Francesco

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Audience privée de la CICS avec le Pape Francesco

[Show as slideshow] Nous avons la joie de vous annoncer que sa sainteté le Pape Francisco a souhaité recevoir les présidents et l’aumônier mondial de la CICS dans le cadre des événements du centenaire des scouts catholiques samedi 25 Janvier 2014. Qu’avons-nous dit au Pape ? Une présentation de la CICS , de ses perspectives, […]

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Audiencia privada de la CICS con el Papa Francisco

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Audiencia privada de la CICS con el Papa Francisco

[Show as slideshow]   Estamos muy contentos de anunciar que Su Santidad el Papa Francisco invitó a una audiencia privada al Presidente CICE Mundial, el Presidente Mundial, y el Capellán Mundial en el marco de las celebraciones de los 100 años de los scouts católicos el sábado 25 de enero de 2014. ¿Qué le hemos […]

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Visit to the NCCS pavilion

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Visit to the NCCS pavilion

Mr and Mrs Sato visiting the NCCS pavilion at the 2013 BSA National Jamboree. Mr Sato is the chairman of the ICCS Communication Working Group. With them, Mrs. Virginia García (also member of the CommunicationWG)  and Mr Scott Harvey (“Keep the Lamp Burning” chairman).

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“POLARIS” – Going Forward

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“POLARIS” – Going Forward

In a context in which social reality has changed and is changing, the MSC (Movimiento Scout Católico: the Spanish Catholic Association) wants to launch a process of reflection and discussion on the challenges we will face in the coming years, to think the answers to give to these challenges, to design the strategic priorities in […]

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“Days of Service” Projects

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“Days of Service” Projects

To serve and keep  their promise of doing a good turn daily, NCCS members participated in one of the “Days of Service” projects at the 2013 BSA National Jamboree by helping to develop hiking trails at the site of the tunnel that John Henry gave his life building the railroad that eventually crossed the United […]

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Participation of the NCCS at the 2013 BSA National Jamboree

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Participation of the NCCS at the 2013 BSA National Jamboree

Summer 2013 was very active for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and its National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS). For the first time, BSA National Jamboree was hold in its new site, The Summit Bechtel Family Reserve in Mount Hope, West Virginia. And there, was NCCS promoting the “Keep the Lamp Burning” Celebration of […]

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ICCS World Chairman, Mr. Bray Barnes, visited 16 Japan National Jamboree

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ICCS World Chairman, Mr. Bray Barnes, visited 16 Japan National Jamboree

ICCS World Chairman, Mr. Bray Barnes visited 16NJ. This is his second visit to Japan. He visited the JCCS camporee in Tateyama, Toyama prefecture last year with ICCS President Mr. Roberto Cociancich. He enjoyed reunion with JCCS Scouts and Scouters in 16NJ. At the Sunday service of 16NJ, he delivered his messages to Japanese Scouts. 2013 is memorable […]

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JCCS – Visit to Bishop Umemura

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JCCS – Visit to Bishop Umemura

Mr. Okano, a board member of JCCS visited Bishop Umemura, at Yamate church, in Yokohama, on June 27th. He briefed the Bishop on the 100 year anniversary of Catholic Scouting and its history and the Keep the Lamp Burning (KLB) project. Bishop Umemura mentioned that it is important to get an understanding from not only […]

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Brazil – Mgr. Poli presided the Mass with the scouts attending the WYD

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Brazil – Mgr. Poli presided the Mass with the scouts attending the WYD

July 23, 2013. The Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Mgr Mario Aurelio Poli, celebrated a Mass gathering the numerous scouts attending the WYD,  at the Quinta de Boa Vista, in front of Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro. The prelate urged them to warm up their hearts in a “scout style” and renew their commitment to the […]

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