VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 8, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Here is the description of the World Federation of Nocturnal Adoration Societies which appears in the Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, published by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
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Official name: World Federation of Nocturnal Adoration Societies
History: The federation was established at a meeting of representatives of National Nocturnal Adoration Societies, organized in Rome by the Venerable Archconfraternity of the Nocturnal Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, of which they are all members, enjoying the privileges and benefits granted to the archconfraternity by Pius X in 1906.
In 2000, the national nocturnal adoration associations in eight countries in various continents decided to broaden the horizons of the federation, opening it up to membership by groups which encourage Eucharistic movements.
On Dec. 6, 2003, the Pontifical Council for the Laity decreed the World Federation of Nocturnal Adoration Societies to be an international association of the faithful of pontifical right.
Identity: Comprising national associations whose principal purpose is the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during the night, and by other territorial groupings which promote Eucharistic works in various ways, the federation coordinates their activities to foster, enliven and disseminate the worship of the Blessed Sacrament and devotion to Our Lady: attending international Eucharistic congresses, organizing pilgrimages to Marian shrines, and performing missions entrusted to them by the bishops.
Organization: The federation is governed by the general assembly which convenes every four years, coinciding with the international Eucharistic congresses, with the participation of the delegates of the member associations; the executive board, comprising the president, the vice president, three directors including a canon lawyer, a secretary-treasurer, a deputy secretary and the ecclesiastical assistant.
Membership: The federation has 39 member associations, with a total membership of about 2 million, and is present in 36 countries, in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America.
Federación Mundial de Adoración Nocturna a Jesús Sacramentado y otras Obras Eucarísticas
c/o Eduardo Moreno Gómez, presidente
Avda. Alfonso El Sabio, 17-1°-A
13001 Ciudad Real — España
Telephone (34) 92-622-4142 — Fax 92-627-3048
E-mail: [email protected]
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