Brussels, June, 9th, 2017 (SIGNIS). A year of preparation for our World Congress. Streamlining and reorganization in our offices, SIGNIS members move on full steam. We are again taken aback by the culmination of still another year of work, as we keep making steady progress, now in the final stretch towards our 2017 World Congress.
Both our General Secretariat and SIGNIS Services Rome have been undergoing processes of internal reorganization, in order to make better use of the available resources and to offer a wider variety of better services to our members. The results of this effort are already apparent in the new design of our website and the new products and services offered by our Rome office. On the other hand, the year has not been without administrative apprehensions in both venues, but they have been or are being dealt with quite successfully.
April brought very sad news, with the passing away of a man who was for many years the soul of the Association, Robert Molhant, a true giant of Catholic communications. A special award is to be instituted, honouring his memory.
SIGNIS Services Rome celebrated in February 65 years of unwavering support to missionary work, especially in Africa. The anniversary was highlighted in a very well received special presentation of the SSR in the Vatican, coinciding with a visit of the Executive Committee. During their stay in Rome, the executive members also held cordial and productive meetings with the prefects of the Secretariat for Communications of the Holy See and the recently created Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life.
The SIGNIS Board of Directors met in June at the designated Congress venue, Laval University in Québec City, Canada. They could ascertain the excellent conditions of the facilities, and important decisions were made regarding the programme of the event.