Dicastery

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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’ ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...