USCCB president says ‘witness of marriage’ can inspire a troubled world

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March 17, 2015

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The family is an instrument of evangelization and it can influence others more than people realize, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said at The Catholic University of America.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, said families deserve to be held up and supported in their daily lives and that last fall’s extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family in Rome was designed to ensure that families remain an integral part of church life.

“I think (evangelization and family life) goes hand in hand certainly, this whole idea that the family is not simply an object of our care. The family is what influences neighbors,” he said during a March 16 program tying together last October’s extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family and the upcoming synod on the family with the new evangelization.

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