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World Congress of Families IV Closes with Well Wishes and Wise Words

Contact: Larry Jacobs, 001-(513) 515-3685; Don Feder, (011)-423-663-060-615; Carol Griesbach, 815-964-5819; all with the World Congress of Families


WARSAW, Poland, May 13 /Christian Newswire/ -- 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 Zabala 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 lean 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.


For more information on World Congress of Families IV, go to www.worldcongress.org.


To schedule an interview with Allan Carlson, please contact Larry Jacobs at 3423-663-072-673.


The World Congress of Families (WCF) is an international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, and leaders that seek to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the 'seedbed' of civil society.  The WCF was founded in 1997 by Allan Carlson, president of The Howard Center.  To date, there have been three World Congresses of Families – Prague (1997), Geneva (1999) and Mexico City (2004). WCF IV will be in Warsaw, Poland, May 11-13, 2007.