In June, Girl Scout leaders Anna Maria Chávez and Kathy Hopinkah Hannan went to Rome for the International Catholic Conference on Guiding (ICCG) World Council and attended an audience with Pope Francis. The visit reaffirmed and strengthened the organization’s 100-year-old relationship with the Catholic Church. Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) were two of the U.S. organizations attending the World Council alongside representatives from organizations from 42 countries.
Girl Scouts’ presence at the ICCG World Council reflects its continuing commitment to faith development for all girls, which is a fundamental component to Girl Scouting. GSUSA continues to raise awareness of the value of faith for every girl and family, while respecting all religions.
Pope Francis spoke at the event and encouraged and recognized the leaders from around the world who are dedicated to helping girls explore their faith through Girl Scouting.
According to Crux News, Pope Francis told representatives of Girl Scouting that girls must be educated in preparation for great responsibilities in the Church and the world. He continued, “Today, it is very important that women are sufficiently valued and can take their rightful place in the Church and in society.”
Read more about the visit in these great articles:
- Crux: Pope to Scouts: Prepare Girls for Big Responsibilities
- GSUSA Blog: Girl Scout Leaders in Rome for Audience with Pope Francis, Attend International Catholic Conference on Guiding World Council
- GSUSA Blog: Photo rundown: Girl Scouts Meet Pope Francis in Vatican City