Thursday, May 14, 2015
New York, NY: Mrs. Matilda Raffa Cuomo, Founder of Mentoring USA, spoke at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York, about how mentoring provides assistance and hope for young people and families at risk.
Mrs. Cuomo was invited to speak on a panel that was assembled by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, together with the Pontifical Council for the Family and the UN Alliance of Civilizations. The goal was to celebrate the International Day of the Family and the anticipation of the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia with Pope Francis. The panel also sought to shed light on the theme that strong families provide stable settings for children to receive the education, experiences, character and relational traits they need to excel in life and contribute to building up society.
Members of the prestigious panel included: HE Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations; HE Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family; HE Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nassar, High Representative for the U.N. Allliance of Civilizations; HE Mrs. Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations; Dr. Patrick Fagan, PHD, Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute; Dr. Jacqueline Rivers, PhD, Executive Director of the Seymour Institute for Black Church & Policy Studies & Faculty Member in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard.