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Pope Francis on Marriage and the family from World Youth Day 2013

World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro concluded Sunday, July 28. Below are quotes from Pope Francis about marriage and the family, all given during World Youth Day.

Saturday, July 27, Interview on Radio Catedral (radio broadcasting station of the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro): “Not only would I say that the family is important for the evangelization of the new world. The family is important, and it is necessary for the survival of humanity. Without the family, the cultural survival of the human race would be at risk. The family, whether we like it or not, is the foundation.”

 Sunday, July 28, Address to the World Youth Day Volunteers: “God calls you to make definitive choices, and he has a plan for each of you: to discover that plan and to respond to your vocation is to move forward toward personal fulfillment. God calls each of us to be holy, to live his life, but he has a particular path for each one of us. Some are called to holiness through family life in the sacrament of Marriage. Today, there are those who say that marriage is out of fashion. Is it out of fashion? In a culture of relativism and the ephemeral, many preach the importance of ‘enjoying’ the moment. They say that it is not worth making a life-long commitment, making a definitive decision, ‘for ever’, because we do not know what tomorrow will bring. I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries, I ask you to swim against the tide; yes, I am asking you to rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes you are incapable of responsibility, that believes you are incapable of true love. I have confidence in you and I pray for you. Have the courage ‘to swim against the tide’. And also have the courage to be happy.”

 Sunday, July 28, Address to the Bishops of Brazil: “In mission, also on a continental level, it is very important to reaffirm the family, which remains the essential cell of society and the Church; young people, who are the face of the Church’s future; women, who play a fundamental role in passing on the faith and who are a daily source of strength in a society that carries this faith forward and renews it.”


Pope Benedict XVI

Contact: Dick & Diane Baumbach, Worldwide Marriage Encounter, 321-544-3440, [email protected]

ROME, Feb. 8, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Pope Benedict XVI extended his blessing to Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) at a recent Wednesday audience in Rome while speaking with Tony & Cathy Witczak of Philadelphia, the International Ecclesial Team along with Fr. Emile Frische, MHM, a New Zealander currently working in the Archdiocese of New York.  "I will pray for you" the Holy Father added.

Fr. Emile said "We are grateful for the support of our Catholic family in our effort to proclaim the value of Marriage and Holy Orders in the Church and in the world."

Leadership teams from six continents met in Rome for the annual gathering of the World Council of Worldwide Marriage Encounter.  In 2011, over 60,000 people experienced the life-giving Weekends in almost 100 countries around the world. 

This year Worldwide Marriage Encounter is celebrating 40 years of ministry in Europe.   The most recent expansion is to Russia where the first Weekends will be offered in April of 2012. 

Tony & Cathy and Fr. Emile, expressed the hope that Worldwide Marriage Encounter would reach even more countries in the years ahead.  "The need to strengthen marriage and family throughout the world has never been greater," they stated. 

Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 43years and is considered the original faith-based marriage enrichment program.  The programs are continually updated to keep abreast of changes in society, and WWME now offers evening and half-day programs that are presented at parishes and other church facilities.  The weekend program, traditionally presented as an overnight experience at a hotel or retreat center, can also be presented at the parish where the couples return to their homes in the evenings.   WWME has a presence in over 90 countries, which makes it the largest pro-marriage movement in the world.  In North America, the WWME programs are presented in English, Spanish, French, and Korean languages.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers married couples the opportunity to spend time together away from the busyness of the world to focus on each other.  It offers tools for building and maintaining a strong, Christian marriage in today's world.  To learn more about the Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends online, go to wwme.org, or you can call 1-800-795-LOVE (English) and 1-800-599-AMOR (Spanish), or contact the WWME Office at (909) 863-9963.


Praise from Pope Benedict XVI

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Receives Strong Support and Praise from Pope Benedict XVI Contact: Dick and Diane Baumbach, 321-544-3440; Tom and Katie Watson, 303-503-9756; Worldwide Marriage Encounter

ROME, Italy, Feb. 14 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Pope Benedict XVI speaking here recently at an audience with Worldwide Marriage Encounter leaders from across the world made strong comments in support of the movement.

"Marriage Encounter, yes! You are doing such important work in our church, especially in this world we live in," Pope Benedict said as he spoke with David & Bronny Lea and Fr. John Rate, Worldwide Marriage Encounter International Coordinating Team.

The pope went on to say, "I will pray for you and your movement."

Tony & Cathy Witczak and Fr. Emile Frische, MHM, United States Secretariat Team, also attended the audience. "It was truly exciting to be part of Pope Benedict's audience with our WWME leadership from across the world. His words will serve us as an inspiration as we help lead the movement in the United States," the ecclesial team said.

Coordinating couples and priests from all over the world came together in Rome for the World Council meeting of WWME in January 2008. The meeting is held annually at various locations across the globe.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends start on a Friday evening and end on Sunday afternoon. Participants hear presentations by a couple and a priest and later write their thoughts and feelings to share in the privacy of their room. There is no group discussion. Weekends are held in various locations, including hotels and retreat centers.

There is a cost for the weekend, but in the 40 year history of Worldwide Marriage Encounter, no couple has ever been turned away from attending a weekend because of lack of money.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a non-profit organization and all donations from the weekend are used to continue offering additional weekends throughout the country and the world.

Married couples who want to learn more about making their "good marriages, better" can find Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends that are presented all over the United States.

To learn more about the Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends you can call 1-800-795-LOVE or go online to www.wwme.org or call the national office at (909) 863-9963.

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Pat and Valerie Burns
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