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13/11/2019
Plenary Assembly
At the center of the work, the identity and mission of the lay faithful in the world.

Today in Rome, the first Plenary Assembly the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life opens, with the title of “The Lay Faithful, Identity and Mission in the World.” The nomination of the Dicastery’s ...

07/11/2019
Elderly
The Dicastery is organizing the first international conference for the pastoral care of the elderly. The event will be held in Rome from 29 – 31 January 2020. The program is already available.

Pope Francis loves the elderly and, from the beginning of his pontificate, and on numerous occasions, he has emphasized their indispensable role in dialogue with young people, in the transmission of ...

28/10/2019
Lisbon 2022
The Local Organizing Committee invites young people from all over the world to submit their designs for the logo of the next World Youth Day. Portuguese youth are also invited to participate in a competition for writing the official hymn of the gathering.

By 4 November, young people—whether professional graphic designers or amateurs—can indicate their interest in participating in a design contest for the logo of World Youth Day 2022 in Lisbon, which ...

23/10/2019
Witnesses of the faith
Their respective causes of beatification and canonization will now continue at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

The diocesan phase in now completed in the causes for the beatification and canonization of two great twentieth-century witnesses of the faith: Chiara Lubich and Fr. Oreste Benzi. For the foundress of ...

21/10/2019
Lay Holiness
From the plenary meeting of Polish Bishops, approval to request the nihil obstat for the instruction phase in the beatification process of the parents of Pope John Paul II

“There is not the slightest doubt that the spirituality of the future saintly Pope was formed within his family, and was thanks to the faith of his parents.” So said Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the ...

17/10/2019
Youth
A Mass at the San Lorenzo Center celebrates the John Paul II Youth Foundation in a sign of continuity

The usual Saturday evening Mass which took place at the San Lorenzo International Youth Center this past 28 September was the occasion for a very special moment: a commemoration in thanksgiving for ...

16/10/2019
Christus Vivit
The message of Fr. Awi to the youth participating in the 33rd National Youth Pastoral Assembly of Venezuela

From 4 – 6 October 2019, the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference sponsored the thirty-third National Pastoral Assembly in Caracas. Young people from all over the county, along with those in responsible ...

15/10/2019
REDIUF
At the Dicastery, a meeting with representatives of university family institutes

Over the past few days, the Dicastery has hosted a meeting of REDIUF, or the Rete Internazionale degli Istituti Universitari per la Famiglia (“International Network of University Family Institutes”), ...

07/10/2019
Youth
Secretary Fr. Awi Mello speaks at an international congress marking 40 years since the Puebla Conference

“Like an ideal on the horizon, the construction of a ‘civilization of love’ remains an ongoing project and a mission yet to be realized. Yet much has already been done in Latin America in this sense, ...

03/10/2019
Ad limina

In the month of September, our Dicastery received the Indian bishops on their ad limina visit. In India, the Catholic Church represents a small minority: there are 22 million Catholic faithful in a ...

02/10/2019
Elderly
Revisiting the Holy Father’s words on the elderly

In some countries around the world, 2 October—the liturgical commemoration of the Guardian Angels—is celebrated as Grandparents’ Day. This is a good opportunity to listen once again to some of the ...

27/09/2019
Christus vivit

Twenty-six young people from different parts of the world have prepared video testimonies that were inspired by Christus Vivit ‒ Pope Francis’ most recent apostolic exhortation‒, and also by their ...

23/09/2019
Dicastery

A significant meeting took place this past 17 September in the main hall of the Dicastery: Marcello Bedeschi, the president of the John Paul II Youth Foundation since the foundation’s beginning—a ...

10/09/2019
Colombia
Address of Vittorio Scelzo at the meeting of “Pastoral del Adulto Mayor” of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia

“Your reflection on the role of the elderly in society and in the ecclesial community is a valuable service for the whole Church.” With these words Vittorio Scelzo, an offical of the Dicastery in ...

13/08/2019
Family
Pope Francis asks to pray for families: the meditation of the Under-Secretary Gabriella Gambino

The video of the Holy Father is an exhortation to take care of families, especially during the summertime, which is for many the most favourable period to share moments of dialogue and for a renewed ...