The Council

Setting the Vision, Steering the Course

The Council is ICMC highest governing body. It sets the vision and goals that guide the organization’s work and elects its Governing Committee and President. 

The members of the Council are representatives of national Catholic Bishops’ Conferences and Catholic coordinating structures and specialized agencies serving refugees and migrants.

At its latest Plenary Meeting in Rome on March 2018, the Council appointed a new Governing Committee, elected a new President, affirmed the appointment of the Secretary General, and adopted a Strategic Framework for 2019-2022 grounded in Catholic Social Teaching and Pope Francis’ invitation to welcome, protect, promote and integrate uprooted people. 

“I would like to reaffirm that the cause of this organization is the cause of Christ himself,” said Pope Francis addressing ICMC Council members at a private audience on 8 March 2018. May “this work continue to inspire local churches to do all they can for persons forced to leave their home countries,” added the Holy Father.

Watch a 9-minute video summary of ICMC’s 2018 Council Plenary Meeting

The 2018 Council Plenary Meeting in photos 


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