Couples for Christ changes name

Philippine-based lay movement says name no longer reflective of its call
Couples for Christ changes name

Brother Frank Padilla, servant-general of the Missionary Families of Christ, says the name Couples for Christ is no longer reflective of the movement's work. (Photo courtesy of Missionary Families of Christ)

A lay Catholic movement based in the Philippines has changed its name.

The Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life, also known as the CFC FFL, announced at the weekend that it has changed its name to Missionary Families of Christ.

A statement released by the organization said the name Couples for Christ "is no longer reflective of our call."

"Now it is clear who we are and what we are called to do," said Frank Padilla, the group's servant-general.

He said the two most important aspects of Christian life are the "renewal of families" and the work of evangelization. "This is what our call is about," he said. "This is our identity, our charism and our work."

Couples for Christ started in 1981 with 16 couples who wanted to strengthen marriages and bring couples into a deeper relationship with God.

The movement expanded in the 1990s with family ministries called Kids for Christ, Youth for Christ, Singles for Christ, Handmaids, and Servants.

Couples for Christ became one of the world’s largest family-oriented groups and the only lay organization in Asia recognized by the Vatican.

The movement became a worldwide community reaching more than one million members in recent years, but due to internal conflict the movement split into the Couples for Christ Global Mission Foundation and the Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life.

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