September 13-16 2018, in Chisinau was held the XII world Congress of families — the most prestigious international event, bringing together supporters of the natural family, traditional moral values and right to life, public and other non-governmental organizations from more than 85 countries.
In the framework of world Congress of families organizes international congresses and regional forums. These international events typically gather thousands of delegates from all continents, including politicians, public leaders, writers, scientists, experts and public activists. This year the world Congress of families was headed by the President of Moldova Igor Dodon.
At the opening of the Congress, the Chairman of the Patriarchal Commission on family matters, protection of motherhood and childhood Archpriest Dimitry Smirnov read out greetings from his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill, reports patriarhiei.
The world Congress of families in Kishinev this year was possible thanks to the support of state authorities of Moldova and largest organizations advocating for families throughout the world. Among them, “international organization for protection of marriage” and the world platform of Internet applications in support of family life and the rights of believers and the life of CitizenGO.
For many years the world Congress of families testifies to the world of the unchanging values of the family, marriage, the birth and upbringing of children, about the need to protect human life from conception to natural death. The priority of the task that unites its members, protection of the rights of parents to freely educate their children in accord with the beliefs of his family, including religious, without undue interference in family life from the outside.
Although all these values were recognized by almost all States, and their protection is enshrined in various international standards, today they were in real danger. Under pressure from influential lobbyists radical anti-family ideologies of the government of many States and influential international organizations commit them to oblivion. The participants of the world Congress of families believe that this process creates a danger to the peoples of the world — and in this situation, the healthy social, political, and religious forces must work together to stand in defense of the family and genuine moral principles of family life.
Representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church is not the first year participating in the world Congress of families, testifying of the principles and values that Orthodox Christianity claims in Russia and in other countries. The Church recognizes the importance and necessity of cooperation with social forces, protecting the family and life around the world, exchange of experience, through which the protection of the family in Russia and at the international level brings more concrete results. For their part, the representatives of the world Congress of families has noted the importance of Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church in the sphere of family protection at the international level.
Photo: the Patriarchal Commission on family matters, protection of motherhood and childhood