The Youth Office of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life—once known as the Youth Section of the Pontifical Council for the Laity—was established in 1986 by John Paul II to give visibility and concreteness to the importance that the Pope and the whole Church attribute to the world of the young.

Within the universal Church, the Youth Office publicizes the Holy Father’s initiatives; it is at the service of the Episcopal Conferences in the field of youth ministry; it addresses youth movements, associations, and international communities, promoting collaboration and meetings between the various ecclesial realities; and it organizes conferences on youth ministry at international and continental levels.

The central element of its activity is the preparation of the international World Youth Days (WYD) that, every two or three years in different countries, gather hundreds of thousands of young people from around the world around the Pope. The WYD, established by John Paul II in 1985, also plans annual celebrations in local churches.

On behalf of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, the Youth Office finally supports the activities of the San Lorenzo International Youth Center, which is entrusted with the mission of welcoming and evangelizing young people who go to Rome to study or on pilgrimage.




With a "click" on a tablet, the Holy Father is the first participant registered for the next World Youth Day, which will take place in Lisbon in August next year

  At the end of today's Angelus, flanked by youngs from Portugal who joined him at the window of the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis made his online registration for WYD 2023. Dear young people, I ...

A dedication alongside the International Preparatory Meeting for World Youth Day Lisbon 2023

  During his trip to Fatima to participate in the International Preparatory Meeting for World Youth Day 2023, the Prefect of our Dicastery, Card.  Kevin Farrell, was accompanied by the ...

Two days of activities to pinpoint where the preparation stand and promote the active participation of all young people, as we wait for registration to open up

  The International Preparatory Meeting for World Youth Day Lisbon 2023 concluded today in Fátima. From October 17-19, the event gathered all the teams of the Local Organizing Committee (COL) of ...