By Mike DeNardo

By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Delegates to the World Meeting of Families today heard about the importance of keeping the traditional family strong.

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Cardinal Robert Sarah, the head of the Vatican’s office for the charitable intentions of the Holy Father, told several thousand delegates at a morning keynote that the family is the center of faith and good works. He denounced abortion and gay marriage as eroding the family.

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“Laws are passed that fuel this breaking down from those favoring killing innocent life in the womb, to new forms of union, to euthanasia.”

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The Cardinal’s keynote was well received here, drawing applause several times.