WCF IV Closes with Well Wishes and Wise Words



World Congress of Families IV, May 11 - 13, 2007


On May 11, 2007 the World Congress of Families IV started in Warsaw under the patronage of President of the Republic of Poland Lech Kaczyński. Representatives of academic and, political milieus, lay and religious non-governmental organizations from Poland, Mexico, France and the United States debated for three days in the Congress Hall of the Palace of Culture and Science. A letter from the President of the Republic of Poland to the organizers and participants to the Congress was read by Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka from the Presidential Chancellery.

The NCHR's greetings to the WCF IV was read at the closing session.



Among other speakers at its closing session, World Congress of Families IV heard from Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo, head of the Pontifical Council on the Family, and Margarita Zavala Gomez Del Campo, First Lady of Mexico.

Because he was called back to Rome the Cardinal's remarks were delivered by Father Grzegorz Kaszak. 

Cardinal López Trujillo noted, "The vocation of marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman."  In comments particularly relevant to Poland, the Cardinal observed, "The history of the 20th Century demonstrates that those citizens were right who recognized the falsehood of relativism."

The letter from Mexico's First Lady observed, "Today, more than ever before throughout the world there is a need to think of the family, because when you protect the family, you are protecting society and the nation."

The First Lady continued: "The topic of protecting the family transcends all because it is in family where we learn the fundamental moral values needed in today's world – solidarity, respect, responsibility, love and forgiveness."

Among other expressions of support, the Congress received a declaration from The Nordic Committee for Human Rights for the Protection of Family Rights in the Nordic Countries which extended "our wishes for all a very successful Congress for the protection of the families of the world.  We thank you all for the work you are doing."

World Congress of Families International Secretary Allan Carlson responded: "We are delighted that we were able to come to Poland to show solidarity with the people of Europe who are defending the natural family.  We look to future Congresses where we can build on the success of Warsaw."

In the final hours of the Congress, delegates adopted The Warsaw Declaration of The World Congress of Families IV.  A release on this will follow.


The NCHR's greetings to the WCF IV


WCF IV Closes with Well Wishes and Wise Words



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