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World Congress of Families: Luca Volontè wins “Familias et Veritas” Award

volontèWorld Congress of Families Managing Director Larry Jacobs today announced the recipients of the Natural Family Man and Woman of the Year Awards for 2014, as well as those receiving Lifetime Achievement and Familias et Veritas (Family and Truth) Awards.  These prizes are presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to promoting a greater understanding of the centrality of the “natural family” to a prosperous, stable, and free society and civilization. Visit www.worldcongress.org/WCF/wcf_tnf.htm  for the official definition of the “natural family.”
 
Kevin Andrews of Australia and Theresa Okafor of Nigeria have been selected to receive the 2014 Natural Family Man and Woman of the Year Awards. 
 
A member of Australia’s national parliament since 1991, last year, Andrews became Minister for Families, Housing and Human Services in the Tony Abbott Coalition government. Andrews and his wife, Margaret, have presented at World Congresses from Geneva (1999) to Sydney (2013).
 
Okafor is the CEO of Life League Nigeria and director of the Foundation for African Cultural Heritage. She organized Nigeria’s first pro-family conference in 2009 in Abuja, which was also a World Congress of Families Regional Event, and many conferences since then. She is also the WCF Regional Director for Africa.

 
In December, nominations for all of the awards including the Natural Family Man and Woman of the Year were made by the Congresses’ 43 Partners.  Nominees included leaders, activists, scholars, authors, parliamentarians, lawyers and researchers on four continents. The final selections were made earlier this month by a panel including WCF officers and recipients of the 2013 Awards.
 
This year, the WCF Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Christine Vollmer of Venezuela, founder and president of the Latin American Alliance for the Family, and Francisco (Kit) Tatad, former Philippines Cabinet Minister and Majority Leader of the Philippine Senate.  Both have been involved with World Congress of Families since the 1990s.
 
The “Familias et Veritas” Awards for building organizations and networks which support the natural family go to Luca Volonte (founder of Novae Terrae Foundation and Chairman of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute) and Andrea Minichiello Williams (Founder and CEO of Christian Concern and Director of the Christian Legal Centre).
 
Presentation of the WCF Awards will take place at a 2014 WCF event to be announced in the near future.
 
Winners of the 2013 Natural Family Man and Woman of the Year Awards were Ignacio Arsuaga and Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse.  Arsuaga is the president of HazteOir and organizer of WCF VI. Crouse is a Senior Fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, think tank of Concerned Women for America.
 
The 2013 WCF Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Babette Francis and her late husband, Charles Francis.  The 2013 WCF awards were presented in Sydney, Australia at WCF VII, Happy Families, Healthy Economy: A New Vision for National Prosperity and Social Progress (www.wcfsydney2013.org.au).

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LIFE
Right to life is the first human right, without which any other right cannot be defended or even conceived. We want to defend everyone’s right to life, from conception to natural death. Read more

FAMILY
We consider family as the fundamental cell of the society, a fundamental place for the cultural, educational and intellectual development of the person and a priceless resource for the community because of its role of material and moral assistance towards the single person. Read more

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Religious freedom is often thought as a simple “negative” possibility to exercise your own cult in private. According to us (and according to international right and human rights) it has to guarantee to each religious belief the possibility to contribute to democratic pluralism with its proposals inside the public speech. Read more

FREEDOM OF EDUCATION
Not public bodies which supply a service of formation and education have to be considered an added value for the society, as they contribute to a plural vision of the society and they allow parents to choose the best educational orientation for their children. Read more

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