News from the Dicastery

17/03/2019
Women
“To invite a women to talk about the wounds of the Church is inviting the Church to talk about herself”. These are the words of Pope Francis at the recent meeting on “The Protection of Minors in the Church”

On 8th March Gabriella Gambino, Undersecretary of our Dicastery, also spoke during the round table at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross on the “role of women in the Church”. During her talk, ...

04/03/2019
Life
The evolution of technology must be to care for life not to destroy it. This is Cardinal Farrell’s message in the ceremony at the end of the XXV Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAV)

“God  is the author of life and this is why those who love God love life”.  Standing on God’s side always means taking a stand for life; on the contrary, there is always opposition between ...

01/03/2019
Latin America
Meeting at the Dicastery with leaders involved in the Church and in politics in Latin America

Last Thursday our Secretary, Father Alexandre Awi Mello, met with a large group of participants in a postgraduate course organised by the Academia de Líderes Católicos in cooperation with the ...

27/02/2019
Conference on life
“Yes to Life!” is the title of the forthcoming international conference organized by the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life from the 23rd to 25th May, in cooperation with the Italian Foundation "Il Cuore in una Goccia"

“Perinatal medicine today offers extraordinary opportunities for assistance in nascent life, but at the same time poses important questions on the concrete accompaniment of couples and families who ...

09/02/2019
Magisterium

An International Conference will be held on 9th and 10th February in Kigali, Rwanda to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae. This initiative has been organized by the ...

28/01/2019
WYD 2019

Thursday. The Pope is here, in Panama and the city woke up today knowing the long wait had finished and the time to meet him had actually come. During the catechesis in the morning, you could feel the ...

24/01/2019
WYD 2019

On the day the Holy Father arrived in Panama, the WYD was in full swing with the activities of the pilgrim groups:   catechesis, meantime, a profitable dialogue among the young people and ...

24/01/2019
Youth
A manual for smartphones available in three languages will be presented in Panama

Is the embryo only a clot of cells?  Are prenatal diagnosis techniques acceptable?  Who can judge the value of life?  Is assisted reproduction the only alternative in the event of ...

17/01/2019
Young People
Video interview with the Secretary of the Dicastery on the eve of the Panama gathering. Expectations and interrelationship with the Synod on Young People and the next international Forum in June

Just before leaving for Panama, Father Alexandre Awi Mello  answers some questions on the encounter of the young people attending the WYD with the people and the Church of Central America.  ...

10/01/2019
Youth
After the Synod of Bishops and the forthcoming World Youth Day in Panama, the Dicastery for Laity Family and Life has announced that an International Youth Forum is to be convened next June on the reception and continuation of the Synodal journey

On the eve of the World Youth Day (Panama, 22-27 January 2019), the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life has announced an initiative related to the impact of the Synod of Bishops on young people, the ...

25/12/2018
Prefect Farrell’s Christmas Greetings

“Are our hearts open wide enough to welcome the words of Christ in our lives?”.  This is what our Prefect, Kevin Farrell asks us all in his video greetings message for Christmas 2018.  “The ...

19/12/2018
Women
A special report in the newspaper “Avvenire” includes an interview with Marta Rodriguez from our Dicastery

“The issue of space for women within the Church poses the question to the lay faithful that in the ecclesiology of the Lumen gentium and the Magisterium, above all post-conciliar, they are in no way ...

17/12/2018
Charis

This morning Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, delivered the Decree of Erection of Charis and of approval of its Statutes and the Decree of Appointment ...

14/12/2018
Charis

“A new and at the same time single service that is a place of meeting, a place of fraternity and, ultimately, a place of communion. The prefect’s delegate, Monsignor Miguel Delgado stated this in an ...

14/12/2018
#Panama2019
The Dicastery hosted a press conference yesterday in the presence of the Secretary, Father Awi

Another four language versions (Italian, English, French and Portuguese) of  “Follow JC Go!”, the App for mobile phones, were presented yesterday,  – available only in Spanish up to now – ...