Catholic Organization for Life and Family Releases Two New Documents

Friday, May 09 1997

OTTAWA ­­ (CCCB) The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) has just released two documents, one on the family and, the other, a popular summary of Evangelium Vitae.

The first document, simply entitled The Family, is a message for the International Day of the Family to be held on May 15. It has been printed as a four-page leaflet and offered to the dioceses at no cost. So far more than 200,000 copies have been printed and distributed. It situates the family as a school of love for life in our modern world, and as a sanctuary of life at the heart of the world. While being released to mark the United Nations’ initiated International Day of the Family, COLF organizers hope the message on the family can be used year round as a tool for discussion and meditation.

The second document entitled Choose Life! is a summary of the papal encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life). It is aimed at making people aware of the existence of this important encyclical that challenges us to choose between a culture of life and a culture of death. The six-page leaflet is also preparing the way for a series of workshops that will focus on the Church’s vision of life to be published in the fall.

The Catholic Organization for Life and Family is a joint project of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Knights of Columbus. Its objectives are to promote the teaching of the Catholic Church on respect for human life and the inherent dignity of the human person, to support and strengthen the fundamental role of the family in society, and to promote the Church’s teaching on natural family planning.