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World Congress of Families V Opens

by Staff
August 10, 2009
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AMSTERDAM, ( -- World Congress of Families V will open at the historic RAI Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Monday (August 10) and run through August 12.

WCF Managing Director Larry Jacobs commented: "World Congress of Families V will be our best Congress to date. We're expecting over 1,000 pro-family leaders, activists, scholars and legislators from 61 countries to participate in the international strategy session for -- and celebration of -- the natural family."

Past Congresses have been held in Prague (1999), Geneva (1999), Mexico City (2004) and Warsaw (2007).

"World Congress of Families V will feature an outstanding lineup of speakers," Jacobs observed. They include WCF Founder and International Secretary Allan Carlson, Simon Polinder (head of the Dutch local organizing committee), Dr. Richard Land (president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention), Archbishop Wim Eijk of Utrecht, Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs (Chief Rabbi of the Netherlands), and Elder Russell Nelson of the Latter-Day Saints Church. There will also be messages from Andre Rouvoet (Dutch Deputy Prime Minister) and Cardinal Ennio Antonelli (President of the Pontifical Council on the Family).

Other speakers include Marika Bertule (Latvia Family Forum), Theresa Okafor (Foundation for African Cultural Heritage, Nigeria), Marie-Claire Hernandez (board member, The Family Network, Mexico), Dr. Wanda Franz (President, National Right to Life Committee), Christine Vollmer (President, Alliance for the Family, Latin America and Europe), Anna Zaborska (Chairman, Committee on Gender Rights and Women's Equality, European Union Parliament), Paige Patterson (former President, Southern Baptist Convention), Fr. Jaroslaw Szymczak (Family Institute, Warsaw), Paul F. Mususu (Executive Director, Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia), Kevin Andrews (MP, Australian Parliament), Dr. Farooq Hassan (international jurist and President, Pakistan Family Forum), Francisco Tatad (former Senate Majority Leader, the Philippines), Janet Morana (Executive Director, Priests for Life), Austin Ruse (Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute) and Dr. Janice Crouse (Concerned Women for America). Click here for the complete program for World Congress of Families V.

World Congress of Families V is Co-Sponsored by over 30 pro-family groups in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Poland. Click here for a complete listing.

For more information on World Congress of Families, click here, or contact Carol Griesbach at 815-964-5819 or (in Amsterdam) Don Feder at 508-395-0142.

The World Congress of Families (WCF) is an international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, leaders and people of goodwill from more than 60 countries 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 and is a project of The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society in Rockford, Illinois ( To date, there have been four World Congresses of Families -- Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), Mexico City (2004) and Warsaw, Poland (2007). A fifth World Congress of Families will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, August 10-12, 2009 (

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