Alvaré Speaks at World Meeting of Families in Mexico City

Professor Helen Alvaré was a featured speaker at the 6th World Meeting of Families, held in Mexico City from January 14–18, 2009. The event, organized by the Catholic Church, drew nearly 10,000 attendees and included an appearance by Mexican President Felipe Calderón at the opening ceremony, as well as attendance by prelates from the Vatican and Mexico.

Alvaré spoke on "The Family and the Values of Human Life" on the opening day of the conference, which has been organized by the church since 1994 and held previously in Italy, Brazil, the Phillippines, and Spain. 

Alvaré chaired the commission investigating clerical abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and is an advisor to Pope Benedict XVI's Pontifical Council for the Laity, as well as an ABC News consultant. Her scholarship regularly treats current controversies about marriage, parenting, and the new reproductive technologies.

Read Alvaré's address