History of Crescendo

Crescendo is a world wide network founded in Paris in July 2001.
Crescendo was born from the inspiration of the Little Sisters of the Poor and the working group for elderly people of the Conference of International Catholic Organizations (ICO) to do together what we cannot do alone.
The name Crescendo from the Latin “to grow” expresses the image of life in perpetual growth and development and as such wishes to reflect its mission.

What is Crescendo?

Crescendo is a coalition of organizations and international Catholic congregations of varied disciplines yet all active in the field of care for the elderly, each one retaining its complete autonomy and charism.

The major concern of Crescendo is to foster a humanist approach which values the development of the aging, respecting their dignity and their spiritual wealth. Through its activity Crescendo facilitates exchanges, offering a platform for those who work with the elderly: programs and specialist agencies of the UN, international organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGO), professionals, experts and networks of elderly persons and the political world.

Crescendo’s mission

  • Crescendo works by, for and with elderly people, for the emergence of a more human society for people of all ages
  • Crescendo recognizes the growing importance of spiritual values throughout life and in particular the Christian values of family life and intergenerational solidarity

From this perspective, Crescendo aims to :

  • Promote a human and Christian ageing by stimulating creative and interactive links between international organizations, national organizations and NGOs of varied disciplines and themes;
  • Diffuse a positive image of ageing, inspired by the Biblical vision of the person; promote and defend the dignity of the person at all the stages of his existence;
  • Encourage elderly people to play their part in the life of the community without reducing them to criteria of profit and economic gain;
  • Act on an international, national and local level

Objectives of Crescendo

  • To work in a network
  • To collaborate with partners from humanitarian organiztions
  • To promote a human and Christian ageing
  • To exchange, inform and form

Crescendo’s activities

  • 2002 Madrid: UN World Assembly on ageing
    Participation in the Forum of NGO: conferences and standOfficial message for the document adopted by the UN underlining the urgency to promote a more human vision of ageing which takes into account spiritual and ethical values.
  • 2003 : Electronic Newsletter each term in French, English, Spanish and Italian
  • 2004 : Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
    First stand in relation to the report by the Social affairs commission in favour of Euthanasia (Marty Report) and the sending out of the document to the relevant ICOs. Following this intervention, the examination of this report was put on hold
  • 2005 : second stand
    Proposition put back thanks to the many interventions (138 against 26 votes) Bossey-Geneva: International Seminar “for a fully human and Christian ageing” organized in collaboration with the Geneva CIC. Results: a) a final report; b) plan of international action and c) recommendations
  • 2006 : Participation at the Conference at the University of Bangalore (India) “Aging with Health and Dignity” 5th International Meeting of Families in Valencia (Spain): organization of a congress on the elderly person as part of the IMF and intervention during the theological-pastoral congress of the IMF.Creation in Valencia of a Chair in Pastoral Gerontology
  • 2007 : 5th Meeting of the Episcopal Conference of Latin America (CELAM) Aparecida, Brazil. Crescendo participated by way of its message to CELAM. Participation in the Forum of the International NGOs of Catholic Inspiration, held in Rome 30/11 – 02/12.
  • 2008: Invitation to the Pontifical Plenary Assembly for the Family. Speech by the President. Rome.
  • 2009: Invitation and speech at the VI WMF (Mexico)
  • 2010: Invitation in the 2nd Forum of the INGO of catholic inspiration, in Rome; in the sessions of the Council of Human Rights, and in the 3rd session of the Consultative Committee.
  • 2011: Visit to the Pontifical Council for Health. Participation in the Forum’s Group of Family Work, in the seminar of Catholic INGO (Strasbourg) and in the Council of Human Rights.
  • 2012: Speech in the theological-pastoral Congress of the Seventh WMF (Milan) 
  • 2013 : Participation in the annual 3 sessions of the Human Rights Council (Geneva)