News from the Dicastery

28/09/2017
Ecuador
Ad Limina Visit of Ecuador’s Bishops

During the Ad Limina visit of Ecuador’s Bishops at the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, one of the main topics discussed was the participation of lay people in parish life. Some of the ...

19/09/2017
Bolivia
Ad Limina Visit of Bolivia’s Bishops

“We must highlight and value what makes our youth good. Bolivian young people are good and courageous. They engage in volunteer work and evangelization!” This is how the Bolivian Bishops, on their Ad ...

14/09/2017
Movements - Communities
The Message of the Secretary, Father Awi Mello, to the Schoenstatt Ibero-American Family Work Congress

“With Joy, Families reaching out” was the theme of the Schoenstatt Ibero-American Family Work Congress held in Ecuador. Hundreds of married couples from fourteen countries, members of the three ...

13/09/2017
Families in Brazil
The Secretary, Father Awi Mello, writes to the participants of Brazil’s XV Diocesan Congress on Family Pastoral Ministry

“I heartily wish that you continue, with conviction and without becoming discouraged, to propose the beauty of God’s plan for the family and boldly face its great challenges.” Father Alexandre Awi ...

12/09/2017
Nicaragua
Ad Limina Visit of Nicaragua’s Bishops

On the morning of Monday, September 11th, during the visit “to the See” of the Apostles, Nicaragua’s Bishops were received at the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. The Bishops of the country’s ...

06/09/2017
Honduras
Ad Limina Visit of the Bishops of Honduras

“You’re doing a great job accompanying families and promoting the laity!” Card. Farrell said this to the Bishops of Honduras at the end of their Ad Limina Visit to the Dicastery for the Laity, Family ...

06/09/2017
Movements - Communities
Pope Francis meets three thousand, young and less young members of the Shalom Catholic Community, on the anniversary of its foundation

Abandoning narcissism, getting out of one’s shell, giving oneself and entering into dialogue with the generation of the elderly who know how to convey the wisdom of life—that is the challenging ...

22/08/2017
Czech Republic

From 15 to 20 August, a National Youth Meeting (www.olomouc2017.signaly.cz) was held in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Fr. João Chagas, Head of our Dicastery’s Youth Office, was invited to the event. On 19 ...

04/08/2017
Spain
May Families be Outgoing Communities

From 16 to 21 July, the International Family Encounter (IFE) held at the Escorial in Madrid, Spain, brought together 80 Ignatian lay people, experts in family ministry, from 30 countries. The meeting ...

29/07/2017
Brazil

Saturday, July 29th marked the end of Aparecida “Rota 300,” a missionary project that involved many young people. The initiative is part of a three-year pastoral project promoted by the Brazilian ...

21/07/2017
WYD

During a press conference held in Panama, Msgr. Ulloa, Archbishop of Panama, announced, on behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, that the main celebrations of World Youth Day 2019 will take place ...

11/07/2017
The new website

A hug that welcomes all the laity and all the families of the world. This is what the new logo of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life Dicastery, that we are presenting today together with the ...

04/07/2017
Panama WYD

The official theme song of the 34th WYD, which will take place in the Central American country from 22 to 27 January 2019, was formally presented in Panama. The song—inspired by the words of the ...

30/06/2017
WMOF
A Meeting in Dublin on the Program, the Catechesis, the Festival of Testimonies; the full involvement of the delegates of family ministry in Ireland’s dioceses.

Msgr. Carlos Simón Vázquez, delegate of our Dicastery’s Family and Life Section, and Dr. Marco Brusati, our collaborator in the organization of major events, have been to Dublin in recent days to meet ...

27/06/2017
Activities of the Dicastery
The Group St. Teresa: Assistance for separated, divorced or abandoned spouses

On the morning of June 26th, the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life met with the Archdiocese of Toledo (Spain). H.E. Msgr. Braulio Rodriguez Plaza, Archbishop of Toledo, accompanied by a group ...