International Union of Catholic Esperantists

The International Union of Catholic Esperantists (Esperanto: Internacia Katolika Unuiĝo Esperantista, IKUE) is an organization of Catholic Esperanto speakers. It was founded in 1910 in Paris and is now headquartered in Rome.


IKUE organizes Masses during Esperanto meetings, and also each year its own week-long international convention. Associations and local groups of Catholic Esperantists also offer meetings (Bible weekends, youth camps, etc.)

IKUE publishes Christian literature in Esperanto, e.g. the ecumenical prayer and hymnbook ADORU of 1,472 pages in 2001 (co-edited with the Protestant Esperantist association), and the encyclical Deus caritas est in 2006. Its magazine Espero Katolika (Catholic Hope) first appeared in 1903.

Recognition from the Vatican

All popes from Pius X onwards have welcomed and supported the Esperanto movement.

In 1977, Vatican Radio began regular broadcasts in Esperanto (three times a week since 1998). In 1990, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments approved the Esperanto translation of the prayers of the Mass. The Esperanto Missal and Lectionary for Sundays and Feastdays was published in 1995. In 1994, Pope John Paul II began to include Esperanto among the languages of his annual Easter and Christmas greetings; at Easter 2006, Pope Benedict XVI continued this tradition of his predecessor.

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Adsis Communities (Adsis)

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


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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)

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