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No. 39 • July - December 2004 • Page 250
 •  Initiatives

Asuncion, (Paraguay) -- Conference on the family

With a view to providing both information and formation to couples, the Family Institute of the CEDOC foundation organized an international congress on the family, on September 11 and 12.

About 200 people took part in the conferences, panels and workshops. The president of the conference, Jose Luis Silva, greeted the attendees and stressed the importance of the institution of the family for the destiny of humanity and the role of parents in the formation of their children, the depositaries of the future of society.

Among the topics covered during the two days of sessions were: “Social and Family Commitment” by Roberto Bosca; “Woman and the Family” by Ana Sanguineti; “Harmony in the Family” by Christian Conen; and “The Family in the Media and Advertising” by Benjamin Fernandez Bogado,

Jorge Scala, a lawyer, university professor and member of the International Organization for the Development of Freedom of Education (OIDEL), gave a lecture on “The Family and International Policy,” in which he stressed the relationship between anti-birth policies and various economic interests.

An interfaith panel discussion was held that featured Juan Elison, an Anglican bishop, Rabbi Marcel Wajcer, Pastor David Krivorotoff and Father Juan Maria Gallardo. The exchange made clear the common basis that exists for joint interreligious work in defense of the family.

Those taking part included the Minister for Children and Adolescents, the Minister for Women’s Affairs, representatives from the judiciary, and a number of school principles. The First Lady also sent a message of support that was made public at the closing session.

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