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09/12/2019
Pope Francis
The Holy Father’s address to participants in the Tribunal of the Roman Rota’s course on the protection of marriage and the pastoral care of wounded couples

“The Church, when she encounters these realities of wounded couples, first of all weeps and suffers with them; she approaches with the oil of consolation, to soothe and heal; she wants to take on ...

05/12/2019
Laity
Secretary Fr. Awi speaks at the Urbanianum on “The evangelizing vocation of the laity and ecclesial movements”

Recently, the Secretary of our Dicastery, Father Alexandre Awi Mello, participated in an international conference titled: Dalla Maximum illud alla Evangelii gaudium. Sull’urgenza della trasformazione ...

02/12/2019
After the Synod

“Listening to these people, who fight to know God, was one of the best experiences of my life […] The Church of the Amazon is a very lively Church, strong with a local population that gathers to ...

29/11/2019
Laity
Undersecretary Ghisoni to the meeting of the Conferência Nacional das Associações do Apostolado dos Leigos at the Portuguese Bishops’ Conference

What is the greatest challenge that the call to holiness places on the lay faithful in light of the Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exultate? “Singing our score, not an ideal yet not real,” ...

28/11/2019
Apostolic Journey

“They’ve invented so many things, but thank God there are still no selfies of the soul! To be happy, we must ask for help from others, let the photo be the face of another; that is, to go outside of ...

25/11/2019
Youth
The address of Secretary Fr. Awi to the 20th Latin American Pastoral Youth Meeting

“Young people are the heirs of a great past, the bearers of a great present, and the builders of a great future.” This paraphrase of Fr. Joseph Kentenich, the founder of the Apostolic Movement of ...

24/11/2019
Youth
Press release of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

On the Feast of Christ the King, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life is happy to announce the establishment of an International Youth Advisory Body made up of 20 young people from different ...

22/11/2019
Lay Faithful

During the first Dicastery’s first Plenary Assembly, a new website that features initiatives and “best practices” from around the world that contribute to the formation of the lay faithful was ...

16/11/2019
Plenary assembly
The first Plenary Assembly of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life as part of the evangelical renewal of the Church

“Do not clericalize the laity, and open new horizons for a better understanding of women in the Church.” These are the two concepts that Pope Francis, in adding them at the end of his address, wished ...

15/11/2019
Elderly
Message of Undersecretary Gambino to the pastoral care of families conference of Guatemala

“If we want to protect and defend life, we must protect the elderly and work together to create networks of presence and human and Christian solidarity around them. Caring for the elderly is caring ...

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 ...