World Congress of Families XI The Budapest Family Summit — a Success by Any Measure

On May 26-27 more than 3,000 leaders, activists, scholars, clergy and media professionals gathered at the Budapest Congress Center for World Congress of Families XI — Building Family-Friendly Nations, Making Families Strong Again. WCF XI was organized by World Congress of Families and the Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities.

Delegates came from Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, France, Romania, Finland, Poland, Moldova, Belarus, Russia, Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi, Cameroon, South Africa, Singapore, the Philippines, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and dozens of other countries on six continents.

Over the course of those two days, they heard from more than 140 speakers on life issues (abortion, euthanasia and cloning), marriage, mothers and fathers, children, education, the sexual revolution, demographics, international institutions and the family, and other timely topics.

There were remarks by Cardinal Peter Erdo (Primate of Hungary), Jovsef Steinbach (Bishop, the Reformed Church of Hungary), Rabbi Slomo Koves (executive Rabbi of the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation), Rev. Jim Garlow (Pastor of the Skyline Church, San Diego), Father Dmitry Smirnov (head of the Patriarchal Commission on the Family of the Russian Orthodox Church) and Apostle Lawrence Khong (Senior Pastor, Faith Community Baptist Church, Singapore).

lenary speakers included WCF President Brian Brown, Managing Director Larry Jacobs, Zoltan Balog (Minister for Human Capacities in the Hungarian Government), Katlin Novak (Minister of State for the Family, Youth and International Affairs), Christiana von Habsburg-Lothringen (Arch Duchesse of Austria), Natalia Yakunina (Sanctity of Motherhood Program, Russia), Ignacio Arsuaga (CitizenGo, Spain), Janice Shaw Crouse (Managing Director, World Congress of Families IX in Salt Lake City), Levan Vasadze (organizer, World Congress of Families X, Tbilisi), Christine de Marcellus de Vollmer (President, Latin American Alliance for the Family, Venezuela), Duarte Pio di Braganza (the Duke of Braganza, Portugal), Jack Hanick (former producer, FOX News), Errol Naidoo (Director, Family Policy Institute, South Africa) and Ted Baehr (Founder and Publisher of Movieguide, US).