Dicastery

13/11/2017
Popular Piety
Card. Farrell at the University of Murcia for the 3rd International Congress of Confraternities: Rendezvous in Malaga in 2021

The Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, and the delegate for the family, Msgr. Carlos Simón Vasquez, attended the 3rd International Congress of ...

15/11/2017
WMOF
The protagonist of this audio file, downloadable for free, is the composer Ephrem Feeley

This week too, we are heading towards the Dublin World Families Meeting to the sound of a podcast. On this fourth appointment with the series “Let’s Talk Family,” Brenda Drumm, Communications Manager ...

07/11/2017
Nominations
Linda Ghisoni for the Section of the Laity, and Gabriella Gambino for the Section of Life

Today, Pope Francis named as new Undersecretaries to the Dicastery two women, Linda Ghisoni to Section for the Laity, and Gabriella Gambino to the Section for Life. Linda Ghisoni, born in the province ...

Today, Pope Francis named as new Undersecretaries to the Dicastery two women, Linda Ghisoni to Section for the Laity, and Gabriella Gambino to the Section for Life. Linda Ghisoni, born in the province ...

30/10/2017
Pope Francis
The Holy Father’s Chirograph: “Do not be afraid, expand the horizons, and go out to listen to the reality of the people”

Today, Pope Francis visited the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. Just a few days after the meeting with the Pontifical Foundation “Scholas Occurrentes,” Francis returned to Palazzo San ...

08/11/2017
Paraguay
Formation for the new generations and the family is at the center of the pastoral care in the churches of this Latin American country

Young people are the key to fighting the social woes that are humiliating Paraguay. The Bishops of the Latin American country who, counting on them, have launched a three-year course of formation, are ...

08/11/2017
Associations and Movements
The meeting with the federal bureau was attended by the Secretary Fr. Awi Mello and Fr. Buontempo

In recent days, the Dicastery's Secretary, Father Alexandre Awi Mello, and Father Giovanni Buontempo, in charge of relations with the ecclesial movements and new communities, met with the Federal ...

20/12/2017
Dicastery
The words of the under-secretaries Linda Ghisoni and Gabriella Gambino at the beginning of their service

In the aftermath of the official beginning of their mandate in our Dicastery, the undersecretaries Linda Ghisoni and Gabriella Gambino have released their first statements about the mission to which ...

24/12/2017
Christmas 2017
The video message of Prefect Kevin Farrell’s Christmas Greetings

Jesus must be at the center of Christmas. Holy Father Francis, speaking last Sunday at the Angelus, said that Christmas has no meaning if we take Jesus out of Christmas. I invite you to reflect, how ...

28/12/2017
Associations and Movements
At the Dicastery, a meeting with the international delegation of the International Military Apostolate

A few days ago, the Secretary Fr. Alexandre Awi Mello, together with the officials in charge of ecclesial aggregations Mr. Philip Milligan and Fr. Giovanni Buontempo met representatives of the AMI ...

15/12/2017
WMOF
A meeting at the Dicastery to choose the testimonies to be presented in Dublin

In a festive atmosphere, families from all over the world will meet, and some will offer their testimonies, hopefully in the presence of the Holy Father. During the meeting held a few days ago at our ...

23/11/2017
Women’s Office

Among the activities of the Women's Office of the Dicastery, there were two meetings this week. In Rome, the office head, Marta Rodriguez, attended a formation session of the World Union for Catholic ...

22/11/2017
Associations and Movements
A meeting at the Dicastery with the International Federation for Family Development to define goals and collaboration

A few days ago, Msgr. Carlos Simón Vázquez, the delegate for our Dicastery’s Family and Life section, met two representatives of the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD). With ...

25/11/2017
Capo Verde
The head of the Youth Office met in this African country with young people and youth pastoral workers in ‘view of next year’s event

In the context of the preparations for the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment,” the Diocesan Secretariat for Youth Ministry in Santiago, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

“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 ... ...

28/09/2017
WMOF

Yesterday, the Prefect’s delegate for the Family and Life, Msgr. Carlos Simón, received the leaders of the FAFCE (Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe), namely the President Antoine ...

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 ...

29/09/2017
WMOF
A meeting at our Dicastery focused on the families who will present their testimony at the Festival

A few days ago, a preparatory meeting for the World Meeting of Families was held in the offices of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. The participants were the Dicastery’s Secretary, Fr. ...

02/10/2017
WMOF

The Dicastery’s Prefect, Card. Kevin Farrell, attended the 4th Annual Faith and Life Convention, on “Faith in the Family,” organized by the Diocese of Down and Connor and held on Saturday at Our Lady ...

19/10/2017
Around Gender

A few days ago, a meeting of researchers specialized in the anthropology of sexuality was held in the congress hall of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. This casual encounter brought ...

12/04/2017
#Krakow2Panama
Conclusion of the meeting on WYD organized in collaboration with the Synod of Bishops

Bittersweet is the word that best describes the Palm Sunday celebration in St. Peter’s Square, on April 9th, when Pope Francis opened Holy Week with the Mass of the Lord’s Passion. This celebration is ...

Bittersweet is the word that best describes the Palm Sunday celebration in St. Peter’s Square, on April 9th, when Pope Francis opened Holy Week with the Mass of the Lord’s Passion. This celebration is ...

27/11/2017
Hungary
The Ad Limina Visit of the Hungarian Bishops to the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life

The challenges are those of all European countries, especially of those that, in recent decades, have come out from behind the iron curtain and are faced with the transition from communism to ...

23/11/2017
Movements and Associations
Cardinal Farrell celebrates a Mass of Thanksgiving in Rome for the Association born in France over forty years ago and for the abundant fruits that it is generating in the Church

A Mass of thanksgiving for the Emmanuel Community was celebrated yesterday in Rome, in the church of San Lorenzo in Piscibus, by Cardinal Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and ...

12/12/2017
News from the Dicastery
The first edition of our Dicastery’s newsletter, available every month and in five languages, is online

Extraordinary events such as Pope Francis’ visit to the Dicastery, the engagements of the Prefect Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the activities of the Secretary Father Alexandre Awi Mello, the appointment of ...

06/10/2017
Amoris Laetitia
The Prefect Card. Farrell in the US for a Meeting at Boston College with 24 Theologians

The Prefect Card. Kevin Farrell, who is traveling in the United States and Canada these days, is attending a meeting today, at Boston College, on “Amoris Laetitia: A New Momentum for Moral Formation ...

04/12/2017
Youth
Experts from around the world meet at the International Seminar on “The Meeting Point,” the course inspired by Amoris Laetitia

Two days of work were devoted to creating a platform for dialogue between experts on marriage, families, and young people, so that all may contribute to a multidisciplinary reflection on education to ...

28/11/2017
Conference

On the occasion of the centenary of the death of Saint Francesca Cabrini, on 22 December, a conference, scheduled for 1 December in Pius XI Hall of the Palazzo San Calisto, Rome, will present the ...

02/12/2017
Youth
The Secretary, Fr. Awi Mello, in Madrid for the Salesian’s International Congress on Youth Ministry and Family

“The miracle of the salvation of young people does not happen without Jesus but—in general—it does not happen without a family either; it does not happen without a father, a mother, brothers, and ...

21/03/2017
WYD 2017
Message of His Holyness Pope Francis for the 32nd World Youth Day

Today, 21 March 2017, the Holy Father’s Message to young people has been published. The Message is in preparation for the 32nd World Youth Day in 2017 which will be celebrated at the diocesan level on ...

05/01/2018
Dicastery
The meeting of Father Chagas with Fr. Fornos and Fr. Ramirez of the Apostolate of Prayer at the General Curia of the Jesuits

A few days ago, Father João Chagas, head of our Dicastery’s Youth Office, met with Fr. Frédéric Fornos and Fr. Luis Ramirez, respectively director and assistant of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network ...

02/11/2017
Sport
The introductory speech by the Prefect Card. Farrell at the conference on sports as an instrument for welcoming and growth

“Sport can unite people beyond their geographical or cultural background, their race or religion. Sports allows us to look towards the other, to walk, supporting those who are next to us and so to ...

24/10/2017
WMOF
The delegate Msgr. Simón in Madrid at a conference for the preparation of the Meeting in Dublin

A few days ago, the delegate of our Dicastery, Msgr. Carlos Simon, attended a meeting in Madrid, at the headquarters of the Spanish Bishops' Conference. The focus of this encounter, attended by Family ...

25/10/2017
Local Churches
The Dicastery’s official Fr. Guillermo Gutiérrez to meet teachers, leaders, and young people in Mexico

The Mexican Bishops’ Conference has organized two meetings for today in the diocese of Querétaro to reflect on the indications offered by the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia on educational ...

01/11/2017
Associations and Movements
An international delegation comes to the Dicastery to meet the Secretary, Father Awi Mello, and Father Buontempo

Yesterday morning, an international delegation of the Marianist Lay Communities (MLC) met with Fr. Alexandre Awi Mello, Secretary of the Dicastery, and Fr. Giovanni Buontempo, in charge of the ...

08/10/2017
Sport
On 31 October, a conference organized by our Dicastery

“Inclusive Sports: A Look towards the Other” is the theme of the conference that will be held in the Pio XI Hall, in Rome’s San Calisto Palace, on 31 October at 2:45 pm. After the greetings by the ...

03/10/2017
The Interview
Faher Awi Mello’s Words to Schoenstatt.org

The Secretary of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, Father Alexandre Awi Mello, gave an interview to Schoenstatt.org. In a conversation with journalists, at the margins of a pilgrimage to ...

06/10/2017
Pontifical Academy for Life
Workshop on Bioethics and Technology, Archbishop Paglia: “At the heart of the man-woman alliance”

Yesterday, in the New Synod Hall, the Pontifical Academy for Life held a conference on “Accompanying life. New responsibilities in the technological era.” The work was opened in the context of the ...

04/11/2017
The Dicastery’s Activities
Encounters with women ambassadors to understand the most pressing challenges of the “pink” universe

The challenges and needs of women in their countries and the major issues to be addressed in the near future were discussed in recent days by Miroslava Vargas, Panama’s ambassador to the Holy See, and ...

29/10/2017
FAFCE
A meeting at the Dicastery with representatives of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

A few days ago, the Vice President of FAFCE visited our Dicastery with the Secretary General, Nicola Speranza, and the delegate of the Family Associations Forum, Vincenzo Bassi. The meeting was ...

31/10/2017
UNPF
In Mexico City a Convention on “Family, Education and Peace” brings together over 2,000 representatives of Pro-Family Organizations

The National Union of Fathers (http://unpf.mx/) is 100 years old and, to celebrate this anniversary, the association has organized a Congress on “Family, Education, and Peace” that will be held at the ...

17/11/2017
Associations and Movements

A few days ago, the international coordinators of the MILPA Association (Palautian Lay Missionaries) came to visit our Dicastery. The delegates were received by the Dicastery’s Secretary, Father ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

15/05/2018
Dicastery
The video interview to the Under Secretary Linda Ghisoni foolowing the adoption of the new statute

"The competences of a Dicastery like ours, for the Laity, Family and Life, reveal themselves more and more in their connection, in their transversal interconnection." These are the words of ...

23/05/2018
Ad Limina

The Bishops of the Regional Episcopal Conference of China (Taiwan) came to our Dicastery on their Ad Limna visit on May 14th. The prelates said that today in Taiwan, a country of traditionally very ...

27/05/2018
Dicastery
From tomorrow on our site will show the covers dedicated to Pope Francis’ most recent Apostolic Exhortation

During the consistory held a few days ago, Pope Francis announced that Paul VI and Oscar Romero will be canonized on October 14th. In addition to Pope Montini and the Archbishop of San Salvador, the ...

30/05/2018
Communication
In five languages on the Dicastery’s website and YouTube channel

The Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et exsultate” and the new statute of our Dicastery; the mission for movements and lay associations explained by Undersecretary Linda Ghisoni in an interview. Another ...

01/06/2018
Dicastery
A document about the Christian perspective on sport and the human person was presented today in the press room

“Sports is a meeting place where people of all levels and social conditions come together to reach a common aim. It is also a formative vehicle. Perhaps today more than ever, we must fix our gaze on ...

03/06/2018
Family and Life

In recent days, Pope Francis spoke several times, in his homilies and at meetings, about the family and life, themes that our Dicastery obviously follows with special attention. The homily he gave a ...

07/06/2018
WYD
Delegates from over 80 countries will gather in Panama City to discuss in detail the programme of the upcoming World Youth Day Panama 2019

The delegates representing bishops’ conferences from over 80 countries and about 35 international movements and communities will gather in Panama City from 6th till 9th of June to discuss the latest ...

13/06/2018
Sports

A few days ago, the relay team “Evangelii Gaudium” shined forth with a great victory at the XII Super Marathon of Etna, a race of 43 km, from the coasts in the province of Catania to the summit of ...

17/06/2018
Activities of the Dicastery
Scheduled for Tuesday: The annual meeting of ecclesial movements and new communities

On June 19th, the annual meeting of the ecclesial movements and new communities will be held in Pio XI Hall of the Palazzo San Calisto. Kevin Farrell, our Dicastery’s Cardinal Prefect, will introduce ...

21/06/2018
Dicastery

  “Young people were at the origin of many ecclesial movements;” “the ecclesial movements” have a “long work experience working with the youth;” “the ecclesial movements actively involve ...

23/06/2018
WYD
Prefect Farrell’s video message to the participants at the second international preparatory meeting

“You have worked hard, prepared this moment, this commitment is in the hands of the Holy Spirit, who will show us where to go. I would have liked, I wanted very much to be with you personally during ...

27/06/2018
Ad Limina
Ad Limina Vista of Uganda’s Bishops

On June 22nd, the Bishops of Uganda came to our Dicastery for their Ad Limina Visit to Rome. The theme at the center of the exchange between the African Bishops and the Superiors of the Dicastery were ...

09/07/2018
Youth
Emmanuel Community passes the torch to the Shalom Catholic Community who will look after “San Lorenzo” Centre in the near future

On 27th June, Fr. Alexandre Awi Mello Secretary of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life presided the Solemn Mass closing the academic year in the International Youth Centre “San Lorenzo” in ...

10/07/2018
Youth

Press Office of the Holy See confirmed that Pope Francis will visit Panama to celebrate 34. World Youth Day. His visit is scheduled from January 23rd to 27th, 2019. During the special celebration held ...

12/07/2018
WMOF
The sixth artistic multimedia clip combined with the catechetical journey to the World Meeting in Dublin is online

“His mother kept all these things in her heart” (Lk 2:51) is this Gospel phrase focused on in the sixth artistic clip for the preparation of the World Meeting of the Families of Dublin. The soundtrack ...

04/08/2018
Dublin: Gabriella Gambino
“Educating to true freedom, to know how to act like God”

This is the title of the reflection of the Undersecretary of the Dicastery, Gabriella Gambino, on one of the hot topics to be addressed at the upcoming World Meeting in Dublin: educating children in ...

06/08/2018
Dublin
This is the title of the contribution of Cardinal Farrell to the thick Dossier of Pastoral Life prepared for the World Meeting of Families

If “the family is a factory of hope, the most beautiful thing God has done,” as Pope Francis said in Philadelphia, is making it the sign of the beauty and joy of love (Amoris Laetitia) that “the ...

09/08/2018
Sports
From Ronchi dei Legionari to Rome: 700 km in four days. A group of cyclists support the project “A Door for Life”

On a beautiful day in July, Father Giovanni Buontempo, representing the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, welcomed the cyclists who participated in the project “Ride to Rome,” at the end ...

13/08/2018
WMOF
Interview of Prefect Farrell with the Italian Bishops’ press agency

“We hope that thanks to the Meeting, families will be able to acquire a more intense awareness of their vocation, which is to bear witness of joy before the world in spite of all the difficulties that ...

14/08/2018
WYD
Keeping the great event celebrated in Rio de Janeiro, in 2013, alive in the memory young people around the world, accompanying them step by step to the next in Panama

Since 2014, the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro commemorates the anniversary of 2013 WYD celebrated in Rio, with the aim of encouraging the participation of young people in the next edition of WYD. This ...

18/08/2018
WMOF
Interview of Undersecretary Ghisoni with Vatican News

“If we remember and renew the awareness of what the alliance between a man and a woman means in marriage, as well as the gifts, the fruits, the benefits that it entails for the children and for the ...

22/08/2018
Dublin: Linda Ghisoni
In the intervention of the Undersecretary Linda Ghisoni on Amoris Laetitia’s chapter four. A round table on the heart of the Exhortation: “And the greatest is love: Pope Francis on 1 Cor 13”

St. Paul’s unsurpassable hymn to love in his First Letter to the Corinthians, is considered in detail, in chapter four of Amoris Laetitia, “illustrating the significance of attitudes inspired by love ...

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“The place in which to get married is not just a physical place, like an office, a beach, or a temple. The question of ‘where’ to get married also refers to the ‘place’ understood as a network of ...

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“When they are given the opportunity to speak and are included in the conversation, people with special needs have the ability to contribute in meaningful and inspiring ways.” This was said by Tim ...

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“Statistics in our countries show that many marriages end in divorce, sometimes shortly after being celebrated. Another trend that we can observe is that couples choose not to get married but build a ...

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

For Msgr. Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick, who spoke at the Dublin World Meeting of Families, “the theme of the transmission of faith is linked to the much broader theme of the Church itself as a ...

22/08/2018
Dublin: Matthew Lickona
“The big hoax of the Internet is to trick people into confusing an online presence with life”

“Before the rise of social media, I had never heard the order ‘Kill yourself!’ Today, this is a standard online response, one of the 100 responses out of 78,000 memes used on parents. Most people do ...

22/08/2018
REDIUF: The creation of a network for academic collaboration between the University Family Institutes

As at every World Meeting of Families, the University Institutes for Marriage and Family again met for a day of study in the context of the Pastoral Theological Congress in Dublin. This year, nearly ...

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“The homeless constitute an invisible world because of the indifference that surrounds them, a population on the margins of our cities, sometimes right on our doorstep, to which even the most basic ...

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“Marriage is a combination of joys and privations, tensions and rest, suffering and liberation, satisfaction and searching, annoyance, and joy. No family is a perfect reality; it requires gradual ...

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“Business must take account of individual talents and satisfy the needs of humanity with authentic and sustainable goods, and do so in a spirit of service and solidarity towards the human family.” ...

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

The “Service Directory of Family Pastoral Care” is a sort of “handbook” prepared by the Diocese of Toledo for “accompanying people individually as they strive to fully live their vocation to love.” ...

22/08/2018
Dublin: Teresa Kettelcamp
A member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors speaks on “Whoever has the ability to help also has the responsibility to help”

“The Internet can be a door to good or evil. The International Telecommunication Union, a UN agency, estimated that, in June 2017, 51% of the world’s population had access to the Internet: that is, ...

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“To help each person to live fully their vocation to love.” This is how, the Archbishop of Toledo, Msgr. Braulio Rodríguez Plaza, described the mission of the group Santa Teresa in the diocese, today, ...

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“Families engaged in business play a key role in the development of the common good, in social development, and in the economic needs of humanity.” Gordian Gudenus, a partner and director of the Bank ...

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“Retrouvaille” is a program for rediscovering marriage, intended for couples in conflict or in crisis because, for example, the detection of infidelity; it teaches couples to communicate on an ...

23/08/2018
Dublin: Angelo and Caterina Russo
A couple from Naples in their sixties and married for 35 years tells about “Transmitting the faith from one generation to another: The role of grandparents”

Just a few brushstrokes make it possible to admire a picture of the beauty of a Christian family: “In our lives, we have always put God first, and that motivated us to dedicate ourselves, from the ...

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“How is it possible that a man like St. John Paul II, who did not have a family, could penetrate so deeply into the inner dynamics of family love and family life?” The contribution of Rocco ...

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“That a child should not be recognized as a gift is not too difficult to imagine if we look at current cultural trends throughout the world that recede and lack respect for the reciprocal gift of a ...

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“La famiglia non è un ideale astratto”, premette il card. Joseph W. Tobin, arcivescovo di Newark (Usa), introducendo questa mattina il panel dedicato all’amore nell’esperienza quotidiana delle ...

23/08/2018
Dublin: Maria and Gianni Salerno
“We can witness the beauty of many families in the world who, despite the storms of everyday life, experience the joy of educating and the grace of the presence of Jesus in the family”

On the second day of the Pastoral Theological Congress dedicated to chapter 4 (“Love in Marriage”) and chapter 6 (“Some Pastoral Perspectives”) of Amoris Laetitia, the married couple Maria and Gianni ...

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“As founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association (CGA), I firmly believe in the transmission of the faith at home and in the role of grandparents in this mission.” This is how Catherine Wiley ...

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

What does woman’s leadership look like? Carolyn Y. Woo, president of Catholic Relief Services, spoke on the second day of the Pastoral Congress at the Dublin World Meeting of Families (21-26 August). ...

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

"If sport can reach its goal of involving and including everyone, it will help to inspire a vision of solidarity that offers hope to all of humanity,” said Msgr. Paul Tighe, Secretary of the ...

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“The history of salvation has been changed forever by a family.” This was the starting point of the intervention of Patrick E. Kelly, Vice Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus (USA), on the ...

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“The complexity of today’s society and the challenges faced by the family require a greater effort on the part of the whole Christian community in preparing those who are about to be married.” The ...

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“The parents of our 4 grandchildren have chosen not to educate their children in the faith. We respect their decisions, while trying to discover new ways to do this, with creativity, fun, and love.” ...

23/08/2018
World Meeting of families

Our society has accustomed us to an egocentric view of sexual love. However, as Pope Francis writes in Amoris Laetitia, “sexuality is not a means of gratification or entertainment; it is an ...

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

Isaac Withers, representative of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales at the 2018 Synod, is the youngest of five siblings. At the Pastoral Congress of the Dublin World Meeting of Families ...

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“Holiness in the family also passes through a pile of dirty dishes to be washed.” This is the holiness of daily life proposed by the Irish author and speaker on spirituality Bairbre Cahill, who took ...

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“In marriage preparation, we try to balance the call to love one another with the innate call to welcome the gift of children. Planning a family together is a great privilege.” Card. Vincent Nichols, ...

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“Forgiving was an important step, but I felt vulnerable and did not know how to pardon. A guide made it easier and helped me get to know together the process of forgiving.” This afternoon, Torbjorn ...

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“My name is Carlos. I am born of the joy of love, and I was created for the joy of love. That is the ultimate end of my life.” This is how Carlos Comploy Osset, from the Diocese of Toledo, presented ...

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“Unfortunately, some people think that sexual intercourse is the way to find intimacy; but sexual intercourse without love often creates loneliness and insecurity.” This was said by Anita Conlan, ...

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“Not tyrannical control over the domestic space is needed, but rather a process to gradually but firmly attract children towards responsible autonomy” in the use of the new means of social ...

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“Taking into account the vast experience of our Federation in dealing with families around the world, we daily see that the family is the place where most people learn the basic life skills and that ...

24/08/2018
Dublin: Gabriella Gambino
Today marriage and the Christian family are challenged at their roots, but the awareness of the sacramental identity, the certainty that they are rooted in God, pushes Christian spouses to draw strength and dance to the future with hope

Gabriella Gambino, Undersecretary of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, moderated, on Friday August 24th, panel 2 on chapter 6 of Amoris Laetitia, in which the Christian spouses are invited ...

23/08/2018
WMOF: Eamon Martin
We are called to be missionaries for the cause of life

As people “inspired by the Gospel of life and the Gospel of the family, we are all called to be ‘missionaries for the cause of life,’ at home in our families but also in our parishes, communities, ...

24/08/2018
Dublin: Marco Brusati

“Biblical Wisdom suggests to us that ‘there is a time to be born and a time to die (...) a time to cry and a time to laugh (...) a time to be silent and a time to speak’ (Qohelet 3). Does this ‘time ...

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“In the current climate, where being people of faith is tolerated only if it remains a small private matter, kept behind the closed doors of our houses and churches, the temptation to withdraw from ...

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

Families “can become not only subjects of evangelization, but above all, agents of evangelization” and “instruments of peace.” Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of Knights of Columbus (USA), is convinced ...

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“In marriage, we recognize a sacrament or a ‘sign’ of Jesus’ real presence in the world. I think that, very early in our marriage, we began to understand the impact of our relationship on other ...

24/08/2018
Dublin: Francesca and Filippo De Carlo
Can the sacrament of marriage play a role on the path towards Christian unity, today strongly threatened by other drifts?

During the panel session on “Marriage, the Family and the Search for Christian Unity,” the spouses Filippo and Francesca De Carlo, of the project (Association and Foundation) “Mistero Grande,” gave ...

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

Conjugal life is a dance. Geraldine Hallahan, who has been married for 40 years, has two children, five grandchildren and another one on the way, is convinced of this. As a facilitator of Accord, the ...

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“We would all like to experience the joy of love in our marriage and in our family life. However, we know that we are likely to encounter many challenges, setbacks, and suffering in our lives. These ...

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“Prayer requires silence, but our time does not provide it. There is no silence in traffic, nor on Twitter or Facebook. We read and chat constantly on the computer. There is no space for ...

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“The family of Nazareth persecuted and refugeed in Egypt is the icon of so many Syrian families. Nearly half of the population has been forced to leave their homes, their villages and neighborhoods: ...

24/08/2018
World meeting for families

“Today, family associations play an important and necessary role in the promotion of the Gospel of the family. Now, this is so for at least two reasons: first, the current socio-cultural context and, ...

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“I think Amoris Laetitia has come at the right time. A review of relationships and sex education in all of Ireland’s schools, including our Catholic schools, is essential.” This was stated by Msgr. ...

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“The Christian family is wounded tenderness, but ostension of the sacrament of divine tenderness. As long as it will be on earth, the Christian family will always be in secret empathy with human ...

24/08/2018
Dublin: Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti
In his intervention, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, Archbishop of Perugia and President of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, presented “an itinerary in some of Italy’s regions, drawing on the valuable work done by pastors who, often in close collaboration with the theological faculties of their territories, suggested concrete ways of implementing Amoris Laetitia.”

The text presented by the President of the Italian Bishops’ Conference on the last day of the Congress in Dublin is demanding and rich. The cardinal used the Gospel narrative of the Risen Lord’s ...

24/08/2018
Dublin: Francesco Belletti
The family is the first and most powerful remedy against one of contemporary man’s worst “diseases,” but if it remains alone and closed, it generates more solitude

The former president of the Italian Forum of Family Associations (47 associations, 18 regional Forums in turn composed of 564 associations, with an estimated total of four million families involving a ...

24/08/2018
Dublin: Bernardino Giordano
At the panel session on the third day of the Congress, Fr. Bernardino Giordano intervened on “Dancing Towards the Future with Hope: Strengthening Marriage and the Family Today.”

Through the great principle: the mystery of God that shapes the family by drawing inspiration from Himself, “every couple, one’s own couple, contains the image of God; there are no series A and series ...

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“The beauty of the liturgy and the family celebration of the liturgy consists in the fact that it is something that we can all do together, surrounded by other families, all in the same boat.” At the ...

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

In the face of the “many opinions and ideologies contrary to the Christian vision of the family,” the only valid argument is the “factum,” that is the reality of “serenity, inner joy, and personal ...

26/08/2018
WMOF

The great Mass of families with the Pope; Cardinal Farrell’s gratitude for the teaching of Amoris Laetitia as a proclamation of tender love. The baton of the World Meeting of Families is passed on.

11/09/2018
Family
The Prefect’s delegate Msgr. Simón received the couple, who recently spoke at the Meeting in Dublin

Msgr. Carlos Simón Vázquez received, on behalf of Prefect Farrell, the Australian couple Ron and Mavis Pirola who visited the Dicastery a few days after the Dublin World Meeting of Families at which ...

18/09/2018
Towards the WYD
A few months before the World Youth Day, Archbishop Ulloa shares his expectations regarding the meeting young people from around the world

In Panama the preparations for the next World Youth Day are strongly advancing, accompanied by prayers for the young people from around the world who will meet Pope Francis and the Central American ...

21/09/2018
Ad Limina Visit
On 6 September, the Dicastery’s Secretary, Father Alexandre Awi Mello, and some officials received a small delegation from the Episcopal Conference of Sudan on the occasion of their ad limina visit to Rome

On 6 September, the Dicastery’s Secretary, Father Alexandre Awi Mello, and some officials received a small delegation from the Episcopal Conference of Sudan on the occasion of their ad limina visit to ...

24/09/2018
Local Churches

A few weeks ago, the 17th Day of the Clergy celebrated in the five dioceses of Galicia, Spain, brought together six bishops and over 150 priests around the theme of family ministry and, especially, ...

30/09/2018
Ecclesial Movements
The contribution of ecclesial movements to the Synod on the Young

On June 19th, the Annual meeting of the Dicastery with the general moderators of the lay associations, the ecclesial movements and of the new communities was held in the Palazzo San Calisto. During ...

04/10/2018
Dicastery
Cardinal K. Farrell inaugurated the new offices of the Dicastery with a Holy Mass: “Everything we do is for the love of Him. We see Him in the people who receive, to whom we talk or to whom we simply write.” Jesus is the centre of everything, including our work in these premises

The offices of the Dicastery for the Laity Family and Life were inaugurated and blessed with the celebration of the Holy Mass, where the staff of the two previous Pontifical Councils are now also ...

06/10/2018
Dicastery
The names of the Members and Consultors of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, appointed by Pope Francis have been published today. Together they will assist our Dicastery together with the three cardinals who had already been appointed in December of last year.

Art 3 of the Statutes of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life states the following in paragraph § 1: “The Dicastery has its own members, including lay faithful, men and women, single and ...

12/10/2018
Ad limina
On the occasion of their ad limina visit to our Dicastery, the Scottish bishops shared the experience of their particular churches, albeit a minority in their territory, yet without fear of making their voices heard

With 700,000 faithful out of a population of over 5 million, the Catholic Church in Scotland is present nationwide in public debate and on sensitive issues such as the end of life, research on ...

18/10/2018
#Synod2018

The Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life has provided the Synod Fathers, gathered together in Rome at this time,  with a set of the reports presented by the Ecclesial Movements on the ...

20/10/2018
Women
Dakar The General Assembly of the Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations: Undersecretary Ghisoni attends

The General Assembly of the Catholic Women’s Organisations  is being held in Dakar, Senegal until 22nd October on the topic: “Women, carriers of living water to a world which thirsts for ...

21/10/2018
#Synod2018
The statements of our Secretary, Alexandre Awi Mello and Father João Chagas on the Synod in progress

Kevin Farrell, Prefect,  Alexandre Awi Mello, Secretary and Father Joao Chagas from the Youth Office of the Dicastery are all attending the Synod of Young People on the matter of “Young People, ...

22/10/2018
Argentina
The traditional family will always be needed in the globalized future

A few days ago, Father  José Guillermo Gutiérrez from our Dicastery attended a conference called "Truth and Values in the Family and in the Community", organized by the Catholic ...

25/10/2018
Sport
Presented in Buenos Aires and at the Catholic University of Leuven, a document on the Christian perspective on sport and the human person published by our Dicastery

“Giving the best of yourself” is a document addressed in particular to persons and organizations striving to defend the values present in the sports experience.  It aims to be a document that ...

26/10/2018
Communication
The new edition of “Good News”, the Dicastery “TV News” is online

The new members and counselors of the Dicastery; the next World Meeting of Families to take place in Rome in 2021;  the Bishops’ ad limina visits; details of the international meeting organised ...

31/10/2018
Dicastery
A new, single, international service for Catholic Charismatic Renewal

1.      The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, wishes to announce that on December 8th 2018 the Holy See will erect a body providing a new, single, international service ...

02/11/2018
Dicastery

A section exclusively for contributions from associations and movements where you can read and reread experiences, reflections and reports presented on the occasion of the get-togethers promoted by ...

07/11/2018
CHARIS
The report of Monsignor Delgado, the Prefect’s delegate at the General Conference on Catholic Fraternity

A few days ago, Monsignor Miguel Delgado Galindo,  the delegate of the Dicastery Prefect, attended the General Conference on Catholic Fraternity (Southern European area),  that took place in ...

11/11/2018
From Humanae Vitae to Amoris Laetitia
Prefect Farrell’s message to the congress organized by Africa Family Life Foundation

“Our perspective must be that of Christ and his loving concern for each of us, our language that of the Holy spirit , driving us towards others not with words but with simplicity and reference to ...

19/11/2018
Ad limina
The Croatian Bishops Visit to the Dicastery

Since the end of the war with Yugoslavia in 1995, the Croatian Church has gradually succeeded in getting back on its feet and today counts 4 Archdioceses, including one directly responsible to the ...

21/11/2018
Dicastery Activities
Values, Processes and Mission for Strategic Planning in a Synodal Context

“We are really trying to become a Synodal Church as Pope Francis has requested. We are going through the experience of looking together at the service we are providing the Church by means of our ...

24/11/2018
Ad limina
Bishops from Romania and Moldavia visit the Dicastery

A small  community that has virtually had to start afresh but today it is growing and is very active in pastoral care, the social field and promoting Cristian values in a society divided between ...

26/11/2018
GMG
Press conference on 13th December at the Dicastery: a theme park to be set up in Panama

On 13 December at 10.30 a.m., our Dicastery will be hosting the official presentation of the new JC GO languages, the APP, developed by the  Fundaciòn Ramòn Pané modelled after Pokémon Go, a ...

29/11/2018
Local Churches

What is the mission of older people in the Church?  Starting from this question – which took form in the reality of about 40 countries in which it is present –  Life Ascending International ...

04/12/2018
Ad Limina Visit

The greater part of the pastoral care efforts put into place by the bishops of the Episcopal Conference of the Indian Ocean Islands, that group together the Seychelles, La Réunion, Mauritius, ...

06/12/2018
Dicastery
Interview with our new officer, Leonardo Nepi, an expert in law and bioethics

The Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life has welcomed a new member to its team.  This is Leonardo Nepi, 38 years old, from Arezzo, married and the father of a three-year old daughter. Can you ...

12/12/2018
Dicastery
The Secretary, Awi Mello interviewed by “Vida e Família”, the CNBB magazine

The World Meeting of Families last Summer in Dublin and the great but compelling challenges to be faced in the light of Amoris Laetitia, but above all the new, imminent World Youth Day in Panama. The ...

13/12/2018
Communication

The WYD in Panama, Pope Francis’s video message and his travel programme, the Dicastery activities – from strategic planning to the commitments of the Church Superiors in Italy and the world –, the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 – ...

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 ...

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 ...

11/01/2018
Documents

Many current topics are discussed in the volume “Women and Work,” edited by the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life and just published by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Indeed, as Cardinal ...

12/01/2018
Dicastery
In today’s issue of the Osservatore Romano, a long interview with the Prefect Kevin Farrell

A reflection on the year and a half passed since the establishment of the Dicastery; the presentation of the major events being prepared, including the World Meeting of Families and the World Youth ...

13/01/2018
Youth
Just one year until the WYD: Preparations are now lively, with a meeting in Stuttgart

Putting the spotlights on young people is also on the Dicastery’s agenda for 2018. With the aim of reflecting together on “how to plan youth ministry in the Movement, to bring young people closer to ...

14/01/2017
Women
Marta Rodríguez in Mexico City for a formation course of the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi

The meaning of femininity and of the body, the integration of the sexual and affective dimension in consecration, and the incarnation of a “prophetic femininity” today. Marta Rodríguez, head of our ...

19/01/2018
Youth
Ten prayer and formation meetings promoted by the Shalom Community to prepare young people for the Synod and the World Youth Day in Panama

Ten prayer meetings, with moments of adoration and formation, will be held in Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, in preparation for the Synod of Bishops 2018 and the World Youth Day in ...

27/01/2018
Associations and Movements
Prefect Farrell at the Day of Study on “Charism and Institution:” “The ecclesial movements awaken the hunger for divine life.”

“Charisms must be considered from the point of view of evangelization, not from the point of view of a division of power within the Church. It is in the perspective of the new evangelization that the ...

25/01/2018
WMOF
The official presentation of international preparatory catechesis for the Dublin Meeting: lectio and musical itineraries with Maestro Bocelli at the Sagrada Familia

Seven catecheses, one for each month from now until August, combined with as many musical itineraries and videos. This is the Dicastery’s proposal that was presented today in at a press conference in ...

31/01/2018
Russia
The Ad Limina Visit of the Russian Bishops to the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life

A vast territory with few priests, “new Christians” who need formation, and great commitment in defense of life. This is, in short, the situation of the Catholic Church in Russia told about by the ...

02/02/2018
WMOF
Available in five languages along with musical itineraries, videos, and multimedia clips

Starting today, the Feast of the Lord’s Presentation in the Temple, the Catecheses for the Dublin World Meeting of Families (21-26 August 2018) are available in five languages on our website. The ...

03/02/2018
Local Churches
Prefect Farrell returns to his diocese to receive an Honoree Award and inaugurate Holy Trinity Seminary campus

  Today, the Catholic Foundation will confer upon Prefect Kevin Farrell the “Award Honoree 2018” for his “enormous impact on the local Catholic community during his service as Bishop of the ...

06/02/2018
Associations and Movements
The International Congress of Spiritual Assistants of the European Scouting Federation focuses on the ecclesial dimension and the pastoral consequences of the Holy See’s recognition

Father José Guillermo Gutiérrez Fernández, an official of the Dicastery, spoke a few days ago at the International Congress of Spiritual Assistants of the Federation of European Scouting. The meeting ...

10/02/2018
Dicastery
In the Osservatore Romano, an interview with the Secretary, Father Alexandre Awi Mello: “Rarely in the history of the Church have young people been so much at the center of worries, reflections, and ecclesial action”

The next edition of the WYD will be “under the sign of Mary. We must continue learning from her to be a Church that is a Mother who trusts in the potentialities of her children, accompanies them, ...

09/02/2018
Local Churches
Malaysia Brunei and Singapore ad Limina visit

The ecclesial and social realities of Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei, gathered in a single regional episcopal conference, greatly differ from one another even if they do not lack common points. ...

12/02/2018
On the Way to Panama
The gesture on a tablet, at the end of the Angelus: Francis is the first pilgrim of the world meeting of the young in Panama

Pope Francis has opened the registration for the Panama World Youth Day. Yesterday, after the Angelus in St. Peter's Square, he was the first pilgrim to register for next January’s event. The choice ...

17/02/2018
Young People and the CCEE
Cardinal Farrell meets with the Youth Commission of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences

In recent days, Cardinal Farrell received a delegation of the Youth Commission of the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe (CCEE), in view of a fruitful collaboration between the Dicastery ...

19/02/2018
Announcement
The new issue of the newscast “Good News” available in five languages on the Dicastery's YouTube channel

The Pope, the activities of the Superiors and Officials, the work in progress in preparation for the great upcoming events, in Dublin for families and Panama for the young, and much more is presented ...

24/02/2018
Associations and Movements
Members of “Communion Notre-Dame de l’Alliance,” an association that takes care of separated and divorced persons, came to visit the Dicastery

The Council of “Communion Notre-Dame de l’Alliance” came to visit the Dicastery during a recent pilgrimage to Rome. Founded in 1983, this association of faithful recognized by the French Bishops’ ...

27/02/2018
Movements and Associations
The study conducted by the Dicastery official Milligan on “Approaches to Authority and Obedience in the International Ecclesial Movements and New Communities”

“Ecclesial Movements and New Communities contribute to the life of the Church as authentic schools of virtue: useful for learning authority as service, and for aspiring to obedience as something ...

04/03/2018
Associations and Movements
The members of the movement “Diaconie de la Beauté” meet Pope Francis: “The Church counts on you to make the ineffable beauty of God’s love perceptible”

“I invite you to develop your talents to contribute to an ecological conversion that recognizes the eminent dignity of each person, his particular value, his creativity, and his ability to promote the ...

06/03/2018
Activities of the Dicastery
The Ad Limina Visit of the Bishops from Slovenia

On 27 February, a delegation of the Slovenian Bishops came to our Dicastery during their Ad Limina Visit. The Bishops of this small Central European country told about the pernicious consequences of ...

07/03/2018
Associations and Movements
The Dicastery received the visit of the permanent committee of the Conference that will send a young representative to the pre-Synod to held in Rome from 19 to 24 March

A few days ago, the Dicastery received the visit of the members of the permanent committee of the International Catholic Conference of Scouting (ICCS), the organization that unites the leaders of the ...

10/03/2018
Activities of the Dicastery
The meeting with the secretariat of the International Forum of Catholic Action

A few days ago, the secretariat of the International Catholic Action Forum, in Rome for its yearly meeting, met Father Alexandre Awi Mello, Secretary of the Dicastery, Linda Ghisoni, Undersecretary ...

11/03/2018
Activities of the Dicastery
The meeting with the executive council of the Christian Life Community

The Executive Council of the Christian Life Community, led by President Mauricio Lopez Oropeza, met Prefect Kevin Farrell, Secretary Alexandre Awi Mello and Linda Ghisoni, Undersecretary for the ...

15/03/2018
Laity
In Bologna, a conference organized by the European Academy of Religion

Sports as a tool for the integration of social groups at risk—including immigrants, prisoners, people in need and with disabilities—but also, in general, as a means to improve society was the theme of ...

20/03/2018
Women’s Univers
From Caritas Internationalis, a study table to promote the participation of women in the decision-making spheres of society

This path, starting from the conquests and critical points of the various types of feminism, aims to overcome their logics in the perspective of the “anthropology of the alliance” that Pope Francis ...

12/03/2018
WMOF
A meeting on the family at the Catholic University of Avila

“The families who will come to Dublin are called not only to evangelize their own families but also to announce the joy of love in their parish communities, which are in turn formed by families. This ...

13/03/2018
Ad Limina Visit
Vietnam’s Bishops at the Dicastery

On a visit to the Dicastery a few days ago, the Bishops of Vietnam told of a small but lively Church, characterized by good religious practice and the dynamic activity of the lay faithful. Everywhere, ...

16/03/2018
Ad limina
The Latin Bishops of the Arabic Regions visit the Dicastery

A few days ago the Latin Bishops of the Arabic Regions (CELRA) visited the Dicastery as part of their Ad Limina visit. They came from Israel, Jordan, Palestine, from the countries of the Arabian ...

25/03/2018
Dicastery
The first interview with the undersecretary of the section for life, Gabriella Gambino: “Giving birth in a horizon of freedom and responsibility, aware of the inviolable value of every human life”

“It seems urgent to me for us, especially in the Church, to work not only to succeed in educating women in their bioethical profile and to make them aware of the challenges they must recognize in ...

30/03/2018
Way of the cross
Conclusive meditation by prefect Kevin Farrell

Dear young people, This evening, we have retraced the painful journey towards the death on the cross that Jesus lived through in the last hours of his earthly life. And we reflected on the human pain ...

27/03/2018
Ad limina
A Church called to account for her faith in a difficult context

The presence of the Catholic Church and of other Christians in Pakistan continues to be problematic. This was reported by the Bishops of Pakistan who came for their Ad Limina visit a few days ago. The ...

06/04/2018
WMOF
The 10th podcast of “Let’s Talk Family,” the series designed to accompany the World Meeting of Families, is online

Three diocesan delegates for the World Meeting of Families are the protagonists of the new episode of the podcast series “Let’s Talk Family” proposed in view of the event in Dublin. Brenda Drumm is, ...

01/04/2018
Easter
Easter greetings of the Dicastery’s Secretary, Father Alexandre Awi Mello

“May this Easter be a time of renewal for everyone and for the Church through the family and the young!” This is the wish that the Dicastery’s Secretary, Father Alexandre Awi Mello, addresses to ...

07/04/2018
Brazil
National meeting of the coordinators “La Pastoral da Pessoa Idosa”

From 22 to 25 March, the National Meeting of the coordinators “La Pastoral da Pessoa Idosa” was held in Curitiba, Brazil, with the participation of Vittorio Scelzo from our Dicastery’s Section for ...

18/04/2018
Family
Interventions of Father Gutiérrez in Honduras on the challenges of the family and the pastoral work required today

“Seek new ways to transmit faith in Jesus Christ, to help young people discover the splendor and beauty of human and divine love, of the body and sexual difference in order to go out to meet ...

23/04/2018
Dicastery
Vatican News interviews the Undersecretary for the Section of Life, Gabriella Gambino, on the commitment of the laity and of women serving the Holy See

“Putting the fragility in all the dimensions of human existence back into the center”—this is one of the priorities highlighted by Gabriella Gambino, Undersecretary of the Dicastery for the Laity, ...

20/04/2018
#AlfiesArmy
Bishop Francesco Cavina launches a prayer network to “melt hearts and make walls crumble”

After having accompanied Alfie's father, Thomas Evans, during his encounter with Pope Francis for an interview at Casa Santa Marta, today the Bishop of Carpi, Msgr. Francesco Cavina, has launched a ...

25/04/2018
Ad limina
The visit of the Bishops from the Antilles

On April 17th, our Dicastery received a large group of bishops from the Antilles on their Ad Limina Visit to Rome. The Bishops' Conference of the Antilles (AEC) unites Bishops from 24 territories that ...

26/04/2018
Dicastery
The Secretary, Fr. Awi Mello, to the jurists gathered at San Calisto: “Justice necessary in the family’s internal and external relations”

“I hope that these days of reflection among jurists of the highest international level may constitute the basis for creating the context of justice, both within family relationships and outside the ...

29/04/2018
Ad Limina Visit

On two consecutive days, April 24th and 25th, our Dicastery received a large group of Bishops from Nigeria on their Ad Limina Apostolorum visit to Rome. With its nearly 200 million inhabitants, of ...

02/05/2018
WMOF
The fourth artistic multimedia clip combined with the catechetical journey towards the Dublin World Meeting is on line

“And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers” (Lk 2:47): this evangelical phrase is the theme of the fourth artistic clip in preparation for the Dublin World Meeting of ...

03/05/2018
Associations and Movements
Prefect Farrell’s homily addressed to the participants in the spiritual exercises of Comunione e Liberazione

"To be a reflection of Christ for others, to be a word of God for the world! We are all called to this! If Christ lives in us, then, everyone—even those who do not believe or are openly hostile ...

04/05/2018
Youth
At the Dicastery, a meeting of the delegation of the World Youth Day organizing committee

“We have an appointment to continue dreaming of a different world: January 2019.” The Archbishop of Panama, José Domingo Ulloa, said this in a video interview with us after the General Audience on 18 ...

05/05/2018
Associations et Movements
Prefect Farrell in his message: “Jesus has bent over you with great love…do the same with those in need"

Anna, 45, wife of Salvatore and mother of Emanuele and Dora, gave one of the testimonies that launched the 41st National Convocation of the Renewal in the Spirit, in Pesaro, which ended a few days ...

10/05/2018
San Calisto Community
At the Dicastery, the second international seminar of the network of experts studying the educational programs in the emotional-sexual field

On 4 and 5 May, the San Calisto Community held its second international seminar at our Dicastery, to study proposals and interventions in the field of affective and sexual education in the light of ...

08/05/2018
Dicastery

The Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life has a new statute. This statute, which was signed last April 10th and shall go into force on Sunday, May 13th, was promulgated today by its publication in ...

14/05/2018
Women and Work

On May 4th, Fr. Alexandre Awi Mello introduced the conference on "The Added Value of Women between Business, Family and Society." The Secretary of the Dicastery offered an articulate ...

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 ...

11/04/2019
Life
A Video Message from Prof. Giuseppe Noia

“Is it possible to wed tenderness to prenatal science ?” This is the question asked by Prof. Giuseppe Noia, President of the Italian Non-Profit Foundation Il Cuore in una goccia, on introducing 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 ...

24/04/2019
#Yestolife

There are already three hundred participants registered for the conference “Yes to life! Caring for the Precious Gift of Life in its Frailness”, to be held in Rome from 23rd to 25th May next. In the ...

25/03/2019
Dicastery
The meetings will be an opportunity to enrich the spirituality and motivation of the young people working for the Holy Father, to set up networks and face together the challenges and hopes of the new generation of employees

The Labour Office of the Apostolic See (“ULSA”), together with the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, is organizing a formation course for young people up to 35 years old working at various ...

03/04/2019
Youth
The Apostolic Exhortation Christus vivit, published on 2nd April, invites us to reflect, together with the Holy Father, on the role of all young people in the Church and in today’s society and on each one’s vocation to holiness

The document Christus vivit is yet another gesture of the Holy Father’s love for young people, the gesture of a Pope who allows himself to be inspired by the new generations, recognizing in them the ...

02/05/2019
Ad limina visit/Argentina I

On 29th April, our Dicastery welcomed the first of three groups of bishops from Argentina who arrived in Rome for an ad limina visit. Speaking on behalf of his brothers, Mgr Andrés Stanovnick, Bishop ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

20/06/2019
#YouthForum19
The Ripe Fruit of the Youth Synod

A message for all young people in the world, inspired "by the wealth of reflections and conversations that emerged from last year’s Synod”, that refers to all young people without distinction, ...

19/06/2019
#YouthForum19
The first day of works at the XI International Youth Forum

“During the Synod we shared, we toiled together, we worked together, we rejoiced together to be a Church together”: with these words His Eminence, Cardinal. Lorenzo Baldisseri took the young people ...

22/06/2019
#YouthForum19

ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO PARTICIPANTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FORUM Clementine Hall Saturday, 22 June 2019 Dear young friends, I am very happy to meet you at the conclusion of ...

22/06/2019
WYD
Press release from the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

These are the themes chosen by Pope Francis for the three-year World Youth Day itinerary that will culminate with the international event scheduled for 2022 in Lisbon: 35th World Youth Day, 2020 ...

21/06/2019
#YouthForum19
A Church going forth, towards a synodal, people-oriented and missionary youth care pastoral

The emotion in Father Alexandre Awi Mello’s voice was noticeable as he closed the works of the XI International Youth Forum dedicated to the Synod and the Apostolic Exhortation Christus vivit. “Your ...

18/06/2019
Ad limina visit

The Catholic Church, with its 8 million lay faithful, represents a very minor reality in Indonesia where 87% of the population is Muslim, making it the largest Islamic country in the world. However, ...

15/06/2019
Ad limina visit

The opening note of the Bishops from Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe on an ad limina visit about the reorganization of the structures of their Episcopal Conference took account of the care with which ...

18/06/2019
#YouthForum19
Youth in action in a Synodal Church

   

17/06/2019
#YouthForum19

More than 250 young people from more than 110 countries will participate in the XI International Youth Forum titled “Youth in action in a synodal Church”. The meeting, organized by the Dicastery for ...

24/06/2019
Movements and associations

In order to fulfil its task of accompanying the life and development of the aggregations of lay faithful, the Dicastery also met with the moderators and leaders of the most widespread international ...

02/07/2019
"Christus vivit"
Fr. Alexandre Awi speaks about youth ministry in a vocational key at the VI National Congress for Vocational Pastoral Ministry in Bogota, Colombia

For the sixth consecutive year, the Colombian Episcopal Conference has organized in Bogota, Colombia, the National Congress of Vocational Pastoral Ministry. The Congress entitled "Youth, Faith ...

14/05/2019
Rome
Just a few steps from St. Peter’s Square, the Center invites the youth to experience moments of prayer and friendship together in an international spirit. Prayer vigil on May 25.

Last Saturday, after maintenance work, Mass was celebrated for the reopening of the San Lorenzo Center. The Eucharist, presided over by the Secretary of the Dicastery, Father Alexandre Awi Mello, with ...

17/07/2019
Church and Sport
The webpage dedicated to sport has been updated on the Dicastery’s website with discourses of Pope Francis, now including Portuguese

The Dicastery recently updated the “Documents on sport” webpage with up-to-date discourses of Pope Francis on sport. In his many discourses, the Pontiff has emphasized the importance of use of ...

05/07/2019
"Ad limina" visit

Discussing the Church’s situation today in Australia, the Bishops from that area, on an “ad limina” visit at the Dicastery yesterday, identified creeping secularization as one of the main causes of ...

09/07/2019
Appointments
Pope Francis has appointed the cardinal to be a member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life

"I am grateful to Pope Francis for the trust he has placed in me through this appointment. I confirm my full readiness to serve the Holy Father and the universal Church. On the occasion of this ...

11/07/2019
Euthanasia
Statement of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life in relation to the Vincent Lambert affair

Vincent Lambert has died. It is time, more than ever, to pray. He was deprived of any human chance of survival when he could have been supported. As we read in the Holy Father's tweet on Wednesday 10 ...

27/06/2019
WMOF Rome 2021
The organization of the event to take place in Rome from 23rd to 27th June in two years’ time is off to a start

Among the most difficult tasks in organizing the X edition of the World Meeting of Families in 2021, will indubitably be the reception of the many families, who will be attending not only the high ...

04/06/2019
Associations and Movements
“Meeting point”, Thursday 6th June in the Press Room to illustrate the works of the Inaugural Conference

The new single international service, Charis – Catholic Charismatic Renewal International Service will be inaugurated officially on 9th June next, the Solemnity of Pentecost. On the same day, ICCRS ...

05/06/2019
Ad limina visits
The ad limina visit of the Bishops from the Philippines to the Dicastery has been completed

In the year in which the Philippine Church has put youth pastoral care as the main item on its agenda  – a step along the nine year path begun in 2013 and ending in 2021 with the celebrations for ...

08/06/2019
Charis
Meeting of Pope Francis with leaders of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal

    ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS TO PARTICIPANTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF LEADERS OF THE  CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL INTERNATIONAL SERVICE - CHARIS   Paul VI Audience ...

07/06/2019
CHARIS
The heads of the Dicastery at the inaugural event for the new body at the service of the current o grace of Catholic Charismatic Renewal

Yesterday, Cardinal Kevin Farrell gave a strong encouragement to welcome the novelty of Charis with joy. He was addressing the 1st Conference organized by the new Single International Service for ...

29/05/2019
Ad Limina Visit

An ad limina visit by the Philippine Bishops is currently taking place in Rome and on 20th May last, our Dicastery received the first of the three groups. Among the many matters dealt with, we ...

17/05/2019
Rome 2021

This is the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the next World Meeting of Families, which will take place in Rome from June 23 to 27, 2021. The meeting will be organized by the Diocese of Rome and the ...

21/05/2019
Life
Joint Declaration of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life and the Pontifical Academy for Life on the case of Mr. Vincent Lambert

In full agreement with the affirmations of the Archbishop of Reims, H.E. Msgr. Éric de Moulins-Beaufort, and the auxiliary bishop, H.E. Msgr. Bruno Feillet, in relation to the sad case of Mr. Vincent ...

21/05/2019
#Yestolife
From 23rd to 24th May in Rome, an international conference on the defence of nascent human life in extremely frail conditions

The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life has organized an international conference on the defence of nascent human life in extremely frail conditions., together with the non-profit organization “Il ...

The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life has organized an international conference on the defence of nascent human life in extremely frail conditions., together with the non-profit organization “Il ...

08/04/2017
#Krakow2Panama

The address of the Holy Father during the Marian prayer Vigil held on occasion of World Youth Day in St. Mary Major Basilica

The address of the Holy Father during the Marian prayer Vigil held on occasion of World Youth Day in St. Mary Major Basilica

16/02/2017
Sport
A program of Radio Maria USA

Radio Maria USA’s program “Faith and Sport” is dedicated to the sports world, with comments and interviews on the latest news on sports events. However, the program also presents discussions on ...

22/06/2017
Haiti
Ad Limina Visit of Haiti’s Bishops

“The family is an invaluable asset for which we will never stop thanking God.” In these words, pronounced by Msgr. Yves-Marie Péan on the occasion of the Ad Limina visit of Haiti’s Bishops at the ...

“The family is an invaluable asset for which we will never stop thanking God.” In these words, pronounced by Msgr. Yves-Marie Péan on the occasion of the Ad Limina visit of Haiti’s Bishops at the ...

“The family is an invaluable asset for which we will never stop thanking God.” In these words, pronounced by Msgr. Yves-Marie Péan on the occasion of the Ad Limina visit of Haiti’s Bishops at the ...

22/06/2017
From the Dicastery

Msgr. Carlos Simón Vázquez received Mother Jana Zawieja, Superior General of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, in the Dicastery’s family and life section. Founded in 1875 ...

26/06/2017
Activities of the Dicastery
Some MEPs meet to discuss family policy issues

In recent days, at the headquarters of the Dicastery’s Family Section, Msgr. Carlos Simon met with a delegation of European parliamentarians led by Mr. Miroslaw Mikolasik (Slovakia). The delegation ...

04/04/2017
Press release

The Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life has organized, in collaboration with the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, the Conference "From Krakow to Panama. The Synod on the way with ...

17/02/2017
Costa Rica
The Ad Limina visit of the Bishops of Costa Rica

Costa Rica, one of the most stable countries in Central America, is experiencing—as the country’s Bishops said during their meeting with Card. Farrell at the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life—a ...

21/02/2017
Chile
The Ad Limina visit of the Bishops of Chile

During their Ad Limina visit at the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, Chile’s Bishops told about how their country is grappling with the advance of a secularist culture. Yet, in this struggle, ...

10/03/2017
Parigi

A day of formation, organized by the French Episcopal Conference’s National Service for the Evangelization of Youth and Vocations, brought together youth ministry directors of dioceses, movements, ...

07/04/2017
#Krakow2Panama

“Beauty will save the world” may seem to be a popular slogan or an excessively vast and abstract program: yet, it is a very concrete expression for the Jesuit Father Jean-Paul Hernandez, Swiss of ...

05/04/2017
#Krakow2Panama

Even within the enclosed space of the convention center, where people—especially young people—from over one hundred countries around the world have gathered, there has been a surprise: delegates from ...

06/04/2017
#Krakow2Panama

The word “Way” connects the path of the World Youth Days—a worldwide pilgrimage that began thirty years ago—with the Synod of Bishops; now, the word Synod means “walking together.” The theme of the ...

12/04/2017
The Vigil

In the Roman basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, where several thousands of people had gathered, Card. Farrell presided the Vigil in memory of the contemporary martyrs, an event that the Community ...

08/04/2017
#Krakow2Panama

“We cannot forget the marginalized, those who are excluded”: this is the wish of Pope Francis, also insisted on by H.E. Msgr. José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, Archbishop of Panama, in his presentation to ...

14/02/2017
WYD 2019

The preparations for the World Youth Day in Panama are quickly advancing. This morning, a delegation of the Local Organizing Committee, led by Msgr. Ulloa, was received by Card. Farrell and several ...

28/03/2017
Western Canada

Yesterday, the Bishops of Western Canada's Episcopal Conference, received by Card. Farrell at the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, told about the reality of a highly-secularized society, ...

30/03/2017
Towards Dublin

Today the letter of invitation to the IX World Meeting of Families, scheduled to be held in Dublin from 21 to 26 August 2018, was presented in the Press Room of the Holy See. In the letter addressed ...

31/01/2017
Balkans

The Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Cyril and Methodius, composed of Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia, describe their community as a Church in the diaspora, in predominantly Orthodox or ...

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 ...

31/05/2017
Appointment

The Holy Father has appointed Rev. Father Alexandre Awi Mello Secretary of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, I. Sch., National Director of the Schönstatt Movement in Brazil. Rev. Father ...

02/06/2017
WMOF

In Dublin, the session for the national delegates of family ministry, in view of the upcoming World Meeting of Families (August 21-26, 2018), is in full swing with the participation of over 110 ...

31/05/2017
Albania
Ad Limina Visit of the Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Albania

“I prayed before that wall because Jesus was there.”—These are the words of an elderly Albanian man, quoted by Don Simon Kulli, Diocesan Administrator of Sapë, during the Ad Limina Visit of the ...

30/05/2017
Ecclesial movements
The Charismatic Renewal turns fifty. Celebrations in Rome with Pope Francis

Pope Francis personally invited the worldwide Catholic Charismatic Renewal to Rome for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the birth of this current of grace in the Catholic Church. “I am ...

17/08/2016

On August 15, 2016 the Holy Father has named  His Excellency Msgr. Kevin Farrell, Bishop of Dallas, Prefect of the newly established Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life. H.E. Mgr. Kevin ...

29/05/2017
WMOF

Preparations are actively being made for the World Meeting of Families that will take place in 2018, in Dublin. On 1 and 2 June, the delegates will arrive in the Irish capital and be welcomed by Msgr. ...

25/05/2017
Guatemala
Ad Limina Visit of the Bishops of Guatemala

On Wednesday, 24 May, we had the joy of receiving thirteen Bishops from Guatemala for their Ad Limina Visit. In an atmosphere of fraternity, the Bishops told us of their joys and their hopes regarding ...

On Wednesday, 24 May, we had the joy of receiving thirteen Bishops from Guatemala for their Ad Limina Visit. In an atmosphere of fraternity, the Bishops told us of their joys and their hopes regarding ...

On Wednesday, 24 May, we had the joy of receiving thirteen Bishops from Guatemala for their Ad Limina Visit. In an atmosphere of fraternity, the Bishops told us of their joys and their hopes regarding ...

On Wednesday, 24 May, we had the joy of receiving thirteen Bishops from Guatemala for their Ad Limina Visit. In an atmosphere of fraternity, the Bishops told us of their joys and their hopes regarding ...

On Wednesday, 24 May, we had the joy of receiving thirteen Bishops from Guatemala for their Ad Limina Visit. In an atmosphere of fraternity, the Bishops told us of their joys and their hopes regarding ...

On Wednesday, 24 May, we had the joy of receiving thirteen Bishops from Guatemala for their Ad Limina Visit. In an atmosphere of fraternity, the Bishops told us of their joys and their hopes regarding ...

On Wednesday, 24 May, we had the joy of receiving thirteen Bishops from Guatemala for their Ad Limina Visit. In an atmosphere of fraternity, the Bishops told us of their joys and their hopes regarding ...

On Wednesday, 24 May, we had the joy of receiving thirteen Bishops from Guatemala for their Ad Limina Visit. In an atmosphere of fraternity, the Bishops told us of their joys and their hopes regarding ...

05/06/2017
Ecclesial movements

Fr. Daniel Ange, founder of the School of Evangelization “Jeunesse-Lumière” and some fifty young people from different countries visited the Dicastery on Monday morning, June 5th. The young people, ...

07/06/2017
Panama
Ad Limina Visit of the Bishops of Panama

The Ad Limina Visit of Panama’s Bishops at the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life was characterized by an atmosphere of great familiarity. The meeting comes at the time when the Dicastery and ...

07/06/2017
Ecclesial movements
In an interview with the “Amici del Pellegrinaggio” Card. Farrell explains the significance of the March of Loretto

The March from Macerata to Loreto is “a collective and stimulating gesture that can be a visual representation of this underlying challenge” launched by Pope Francis to “to leave the enclosure, to go ...

16/06/2017
Ecclesial movements
Meeting with the international leaders of the ecclesial movements and new communities

During the meeting with the international leaders of ecclesial movements and new communities, held on 14 June, at the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, Card. Farrell chose to present to the ...

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 ...

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 ...

31/01/2017
Laos and Cambodia

The Churches of Cambodia and Laos speak of martyrdom and resurrection. “When I began my missionary activities—said Msgr. Olivier Schmitthaeusler, Vicar Apostolic of Phnom Penh and President of the ...

17/01/2017
Irlanda

On Monday, 16 January, the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life received the first Ad Limina Visit since its creation. All the Irish Bishops came to the office at San Calisto, to speak about ...

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 ...

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
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 ...

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 ...

02/08/2019
Books
The doctoral thesis of Secretary Awi Mello investigates Pope Francis’ thought and practice in regard to popular Marian piety and devotions

“María-Iglesia: Madre del pueblo misionero”: is the title of the thesis for the Ph.D in Mariology recently awarded to Father Alexandre Awi Mello, Secretary of our Dicastery at the Inernational Marian ...

29/07/2019
SECAM Jubilee

“To live our love of the familiy, even amidst daily failings and difficulties, with faith and, perseverance, is the path to holiness and this is always possible when we make room for Christ as a ...

07/08/2019
Lay Faithful
Undersecretary Ghisoni at the meeting of Acción Católica General in Spain

How are we to be laypersons who transform the world and the society in which we are living? It was this question that inspired Undersecretary Linda Ghisoni’s talk at the end of the Meeting of the ...

25/09/2018
Activities of the Dicastery
Starting tomorrow, the Dicastery hosts an international meeting with 15 Episcopal Conferences

Starting tomorrow, Friday, the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life will host an international meeting on the promotion and formation of the lay faithful, with the participation of representatives ...

28/09/2018
Dicastery
An intense day of listening and exchanging experiences of the formation of Christifideles throughout the world

Yesterday was an intense day of work at the international meeting on the promotion and formation of lay faithful organized by the Dicastery: the “best practices” of countries in North America and ...

27/09/2018
Dicastery
The international meeting on the promotion and formation of the laity has entered into the heart of the matter

The international meeting on the promotion and formation of the lay faithful began yesterday with the participation at Pope Francis’ General Audience in St. Peter’s Square. This meeting, organized by ...

26/09/2018
Dicastery
“Broadening our understanding of the current conditions of the lay faithful” and “extending our gaze to the ever more secularized corners of society that are easily overlooked when discussing the life of the Church"

This afternoon in Rome, Card. Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, introduced the work and explained the objectives of the international meeting on “Promotion and ...

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 ...

01/10/2018
Dicastery
Fr. Awi Mello: “We need to train laity for the urgent needs of our time, and for the needs of a Church that looks outwards towards society, the specific environment of the laity”

Three international associations led the concluding panel discussion on day three of the International Symposium: “Promotion and Formation of the Laity: best practices”, organised by the Dicastery for ...

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 ...

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 ...

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”), ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...