|Promoting Marriage as a Vocation
VATICAN CITY, 14 MAY 2006 (ZENIT)
Here is the description of Couples
for Christ which appears in the Directory of International Associations
of the Faithful, published by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
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Official name: Couples for Christ
History: The Couples for Christ Association was established in Manila,
the Philippines, by 16 married couples belonging to a Catholic
Charismatic Renewal prayer group. It works for Christian couples wishing
to deepen their faith by helping one another to revive their
relationship with Our Lord and to allow themselves to be renewed by the
power of the Holy Spirit.
Within a few years, the association was recognized by the Philippine
bishops' conference, and its new approach to evangelization spread in
the parishes as a program for the renewal of family life. On March 11,
2000, the Pontifical Council for the Laity decreed recognition of
Couples for Christ as an international association of the faithful of
Identity: CFC is made up of families who have taken up Christ's
exhortation to be leaven and light in the world, and to spread the good
news of the liberation of humanity.
Through their commitment to the Church's evangelizing work, promoting
peace and justice, defending the poor and the oppressed, and promoting
the unity of Christians, they cooperate with the work of the Holy Spirit
who gives life to a new humanity.
Membership of CFC entails acceptance of the Christian Life Program, of a
program of instruction designed to impart to all the members of the
association the essentials of the faith, helping them to rediscover the
sense of their vocation to marriage and to renew their faithfulness to
God every day, to their vows which bind them as husband and wife, and to
their commitment to support one another.
CFC pursues its objectives through family pastoral programs aimed at
making the family a "domestic church," and through pastoral programs
attentive to the needs of the poor.
Organization: CFC is governed by the International Council, with its
headquarters at Manila, under which there are the National Councils.
Under the National Councils can be Regional Councils, and under these
the sectors, and under these the chapters, which are the grass-roots
units of CFC. Non-Catholic Christians may also become aggregate members
of the association.
Membership: CFC has some 980,600 members, and is in 76 countries around
Publications: In His Steps, a quarterly publication of biblical
reflection; Mothers, a biweekly magazine; Ugnayan, a biweekly
Web site: www.cfcglobal.org.ph
Couples for Christ
349 Ortigas Avenue
Greenhills East Mandaluyong 1554
Tel: (63) 2-7270681
© Copyright 2006
Libreria Editrice Vaticana [adapted] ZE06051429