International Federation of Catholic Universities

The International Federation of Catholic Universities' (IFCU) is an organisation of over 200 Catholic universities throughout the world.

International Federation of Catholic Universities
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TypeInternational Federation and universities
PurposePromote common research projects amongst Catholic higher education institutions and is to contribute to the progress of knowledge and its applications and to the development of a more just and human world in the light of reason and faith through the ferment of the Gospel.[1]
Headquarters9, 21 Rue d'Assas, 75006 Paris  France
Region served
Secretary General
François Mabille


Founded in 1924[2]. Created by a Papal Decree in 1948 as the Fœderatio Universitatum Catholicarum it became the International Federation of Catholic Universities in 1965.[3] The federation has its origins in collaboration in 1924 between the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan and the Catholic university of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. The FIUC facilitates, research, partnership and exchange programmes between catholic institutes of education.[4] The secretariat is in Paris; Institut Catholique de Paris.

Regional Groups

The IFCU is broken up into a number of regions of the world:

  • Federation of European Catholic Universities (FUCE)
  • Association of Catholic Universities and Institutes of Africa and Madagascar (ACUIAM)
  • Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU)
  • The Organisation of Catholic Universities in Latin America (ODUCAL)
  • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) in North America
  • The Xavier Board of Higher Education in India


IFCU Board of Administration

  • Pedro Rubens Ferreira Oliveira

List of Secretaries-General

  • François Mabille, September 2016[5]


  1. ^ IFCU statutes, Article 2
  2. ^ IFCU STATUTES. Art 1
  3. ^ FIUC Pontifical Council of the Laity]
  4. ^ About IFCU
  5. ^ François Mabille IFCU Secretary General

External links

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Catholic Christian Outreach

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Catholic University in Ružomberok

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Faculty of Arts and Letters

Faculty of Education

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Catholic University of Toulouse

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The Catholic Institute of Toulouse (ICT) is a private institution of higher education including the humanities and social sciences, law and theology, as well as polytechnics.

Located in the historic center of Toulouse, in buildings constructed between the fourteenth and eighteenth century, the Institute is shared between the various faculties and institutes. It has three auditoriums, a library, a chapel, numerous rooms, research laboratories, an archaeological and historical museums. Located on the site of the old house where Saint Dominic lived. The school shared its name with an ancient Catholic University of Toulouse, which St Dominc helped found in 1229 with Saint Thomas Aquinas, whose tomb lies the church of the Jacobins. An 1880 law forced private schools to stop using the name "University", the university has been known since as the Catholic Institute of Toulouse.The Catholic Institute of Toulouse is one of five universities founded by the bishops of France.The Catholic Institute of Toulouse is a member of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, which includes 200 Catholic universities across the world and is one of 5 French Catholic institutes, including with Angers, Lille, Lyon and Paris).

On December 18, 2008, French government officials and the Vatican signed a decree in Paris regarding the recognition of diplomas, which entered into force on April 16, 2009 entered into force[2]. The university's qualifications, certificates and diplomas have been recognized around the world.

Catholic campus ministry

Catholic campus ministry is the presence and ministry or service of the Catholic Church on the campus of a school, college, or university. It may include the setting up of clubs, groups, and organizations, as well as the animating of liturgies, retreats, recollections, and the handling of religion classes, workshops, and seminars. Some examples of Catholic campus ministries include Newman Club, Newman Apostolate, and the Catholic Student Association.

Catholic catechesis

The role of a Catholic catechist is to catechise (teach) the Faith of the Catholic Church by both word and example.

Catholic charities

Catholic charities refer to a number of Catholic charitable organisations.

Catholic spiritual teaching includes spreading the Gospel while Catholic social teaching emphasises support for the sick, the poor and the afflicted through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. The Catholic Church is the largest non-governmental provider of education and medical services in the world.Some charitable organisations are listed below.

Catholic higher education

Catholic higher education includes universities, colleges, and other institutions of higher education privately run by the Catholic Church, typically by religious institutes. Those tied to the Holy See are specifically called pontifical universities.

By definition, Catholic canon law states that "A Catholic school is understood to be one which is under control of the competent ecclesiastical authority or of a public ecclesiastical juridical person, or one which in a written document is acknowledged as Catholic by the ecclesiastical authority" (Can. 803). Although some schools are deemed "Catholic" because of their identity and a great number of students enrolled are Catholics, it is also stipulated in canon law that "no school, even if it is in fact Catholic, may bear the title 'Catholic school' except by the consent of the competent ecclesiastical authority" (Can. 803 §3).

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Christian Life Community

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Confraternity of Christian Doctrine

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Directory of International Associations of the Faithful

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Amigonian Cooperators (A.Cs)

Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt (Schoenstatt Movement)

Bread of Life Community

Catholic Fraternity (CF)

Catholic Integrated Community (KIG)

Catholic International Education Office (OIEC)

Cenacolo Community

Chemin Neuf Community (CCN)

Christian Life Community (CVX)

Christian Life Movement (CLM)

Claire Amitié

"Comunità Domenico Tardini" Association

Conference of International Catholic Organisations (CICO)

Cooperators of Opus Dei

Couples for Christ (CFC)

Emmanuel Community

Encounters of Married Couples (Dialogues)

Encounters of Youth Promotion (EYP)

Fondacio. Christians for the World (Fondacio)

Foyers de Charité

Fraternity of Charles de Foucauld (FCF)

Fraternity of Communion and Liberation (CL)

Fraternity of St Thomas Aquinas groups (FASTA)

Heart’s Home

Heralds of the Gospel (EP)

Holy Family Association

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Mercy Association or Tuus Totus (CIM)

Institute for World Evangelisation (ICPE Mission)

Intercontinental Christian Fraternity of the Chronic Sick and Physically Disabled (FCIPMH)

International Alliance of Catholic Knights (IACK)

International Association of "Caterinati"

International Association of Charities (AIC)

International Association of Faith and Light

International Association of Missionaries of Political Charity

International Catholic Centre for Cooperation with UNESCO (CCIC)

International Catholic Centre of Geneva (ICCG)

International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS)

International Catholic Child Bureau (BICE)

International Catholic Committee for Gypsies (CCIT)

International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medical Social Assistants (CICIAMS)

International Catholic Conference of Guiding (ICCG)

International Catholic Conference of Scouting (ICCS)

International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC)

International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs (ICMICA-Pax Romana)

International Catholic Rural Association (ICRA)

International Catholic Society for Girls (ACISJF)

International Christian Union of Business Executives (UNIAPAC)

International Confederation of Professional Associations of Domestic Workers (IAG)

International Confederation of the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP)

International Confederation of the Volunteers of Suffering Centers (International Confederation CVS)

International Coordination of Young Christian Workers (ICYCW)

International Council of Catholic Men (FIHC-Unum Omnes)

International Federation of Catholic Associations of the Blind (FIDACA)

International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (FIAMC)

International Federation of Catholic Parochial Youth Movements (FIMCAP)

International Federation of Catholic Pharmacists (FIPC)

International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU)

International Federation of L’Arche Communities (L'Arche International) (L'Arche International)

International Federation of Pueri Cantores (FIPC)

International Federation of Rural Adult Catholic Movements (FIMARC)

International Forum of Catholic Action (IFCA)

International Independent Christian Youth (JICI)

International Kolping Society (IKS)

International Military Apostolate (AMI)

International Movement of Apostolate in the Independent Social Milieus (MIAMSI)

International Movement of Catholic Agricultural and Rural Youth (MIJARC)

International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS-Pax Romana)

International Movement of the Apostolate for Children (MIDADE)

International Union of Catholic Esperantists (IKUE)

International Union of Catholic Jurists (UIJC)

International Union of European Guides and Scouts - European scouting Federation (UIGSE-FSE)

International Young Catholic Students (IYCS)

Jesus Youth (JY)

Lay Claretian Movement (MSC)

Legion of Mary

Life Ascending International (VMI)

Light-Life Movement (RŚŻ)

"Living In" Spirituality Movement

Marianist Lay Communities (MLC)

Memores Domini Lay Association (Memores Domini)

Militia Christi (MJC)

Militia of the Immaculata (M.I.)

Missionary Community of Villaregia (CMV)

Missionary Contemplative Movement "P. de Foucauld"

Oasis Movement

"Pope John XXIII Community" Association

Prayer and Life Workshops (TOV)

"Pro Deo et Fratribus - Famiglia di Maria" Association (PDF-FM)

Promoting Group of the Movement for a Better World (PG of the MBW)

Regnum Christi Apostolic Movement

Salesian Cooperators Association (ACS)

Salesian Youth Movement (SYM)

Sanguis Christi Union (USC)

Sant'Egidio Community

Schoenstatt Women’s Apostolic Union

School of the Cross

Secular Missionary Carmel (CMS)

"Seguimi" Lay Group of Human-Christian Promotion


Shalom Catholic Community

Silent Workers of the Cross Association (SODC)

St Benedict Patron of Europe Association (ASBPE)

St Francis de Sales Association

Teams of Our Lady (END)

Teresian Apostolic Movement (TAM)

Teresian Association (T.A.)

Union of Catholic Apostolate (UAC)

Work of Mary (Focolare Movement)

Work of Nazareth (ODN)

Work of Saint John of Avila

Work of Saint Teresa

World Catholic Association for Communication (SIGNIS)

World Confederation of the Past Pupils of Mary Help of Christians

World Federation of Nocturnal Adoration Societies

World Movement of Christian Workers (WMCW)

World Organisation of Former Pupils of Catholic Education (OMAEC)

World Organisation of the Cursillo Movement (OMCC)

World Union of Catholic Teachers (WUCT)

World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO)

Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME)Although not yet included in the latest available edition of the Directory, the Neocatechumenal Way received its definitive approval from the Pontifical Council for the Laity on 11 May 2008.

Fellowship of Catholic University Students

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Isabel Capeloa Gil

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Lists of Catholics

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Order of the Most Holy Annunciation

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