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CFC Meets Prefects of New Vatican Dicasteries
Monday, February 13, 2017

CFC CHAIRMAN Joe Tale and wife,  Babylou,  together  with CFC Vatican Relations Coordinators, Nick and Norma Borja, formally met in Rome with the Prefects  of  two  new  Vatican mega-dicasteries—Cardinal Kevin  Farrell,  Prefect  of  the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and  Life,  and  Cardinal  Peter Turkson,  Prefect  of  the new Dicastery for Integral Human Development. These dicasteries were  the  result  of  a  reorganization instituted by Pope Francis last year which merged several Vatican departments.


His  Eminence  Cardinal  Farrell  welcomed  the  CFC  leaders on Tuesday, January 24, at their office in Piazza di San Calisto, Rome, Italy. Joe Tale introduced Couples  for  Christ  and  how, from its founding by Ligaya ng Panginoon more than 35 years ago in the Philippines, CFC has now grown to an army of about 700,000 members actively operating in six continents and 111 countries. Joe Tale also updated the  Cardinal  on  two  new  CFC programs: “Marriage is Beautiful” and the TV program “Pluma”. Cardinal Farrell expressed his appreciation for these efforts that accentuate the positives of marriage and family.


The  CFC  leaders  recounted that in the beginning, CFC encountered resistance from some clergy. This was resolved when, in response to its avowed commitment  of  oneness  with the Catholic Church, CFC moved to coordinate more closely with the bishops and parishes. Cardinal Farrell affirmed that this was the right direction and highlighted the  importance  of  the  laity in the  work  of  the  Church  which Pope Francis himself continues to emphasize. 


The Cardinal noted that CFC seems  to  have  achieved  a  lot of good  results  in  its  evangelization  effort,  recalling his engagement with CFC members in  Dallas,  Texas,  when  he was Archbishop there.


Joe  Tale  presented  to  His Eminence two new CFC books, Grateful @35  and  Moved  by the  Holy  Spirit,  and  invited him  to  CFC’s 36th anniversary in June, 2017 in the Philippines. While  not committing  to  the June 2017 date, His Eminence nevertheless expressed his desire to visit the Philippines, saying: “Yes,  someday I  will  go  to  the Philippines.”


His Eminence Cardinal Peter Turkson  of  the  Dicastery for Integrated  Human  Development received the CFC leaders on the  same  day.  This  new dicastery combined the former councils for justice and peace, Cor Unum, and migrants and refugees.   Joe Tale  informed the Cardinal of the various social development work of CFC such  as  ANCOP,  Cornerstone, Migrant  Workers Program, and  ReForm,  the  ministry to  rehabilitate  drug  and substance abuse dependents. His Eminence  encouraged  CFC  to continue its efforts to help the poor and the marginalized. 



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