Movements and Communities


The prophetic vision of St. Vincent Pallotti on the role of the laity in carrying out his program of revitalizing the faith was the focus of the homily given by the Secretary of our Dicastery, Father ...

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 ...

Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the Death of Father Oreste Benzi, on October 31st, at the Conference Center in Rimini

“A Life to Love” is the title of the Convention that will be held on October 31st, at the Rimini Conference Center, ten years after the death of Father Oreste Benzi. This initiative, promoted by the ...

FederVitaMarche proposes a cycle of formative events for those working in the Life Help Centers and Pro-Life Movements

Educators, workers, and volunteers of the Life Help Centers and the Pro-Life Movement in the Marches are especially invited to the course “Training to Educate to Encounter,” promoted by ...

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 ...

Ecclesial Movements
The Dicastery’s Prefect letter to the participants of the 40th National Congress of the Renewal in the Holy Spirit

Cardinal Kevin Farrell addressed wishes for abundant spiritual fruits, assuring them of his blessing and prayer, to the participants of the National Congress of the Groups and Communities belonging to ...

Church movements
The Holy Father presided the ecumenical prayer vigil on the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Cardinal Farrell pronounced the homily at the Mass of reconciliation

Pope Francis thanked the participants at the Circus Maximus for their testimony during the meeting on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, celebrated on the ...

New Families
Family Highlights in Loppiano: 1,000 present and 10,000 contacts. The Gospel is for the family!

At the initiative of the New Family Movement, during these months events, training sessions and several meetings are being held throughout the world to reflect on themes concerning the family and to ...

Associations and Movements
Positive Signs of Dialogue and Collaboration Between the Japanese Bishops and Ecclesial Movements

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, has concluded the pastoral visit to Japan. On this occasion Pope Francis sent a letter to the local Bishops, ...

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 ...

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, ...

Movements - Communities
In Tarnów, An International Conference of the Leaders of Encounters of Married Couples

Three hundred fifty representatives of the Centers of Encounters of Married Couples attended the International Conference for Leaders that was held from 8 to 10 September at the Theological Seminar in ...


  In his final greetings at the Wednesday General Audience on March 15th, in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis addressed words of encouragement the Focolare Movement “New Families,” which in the ...

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 ...

Marina Casini Bandini on the removal of the manifesto against abortion in Rome: “It did not tell a story”

“Our defense of the innocent unborn […] needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Middle East
Salvatore Martinez: “It will be a reference point for pilgrims and a place for diffusing the teaching on the family”

Set on a hill, on a site that covers 15,000 square meters, there will be a house for pilgrims with 103 family-sized rooms, a home for refugees and the poor, a church, and a structure with auditoriums ...

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 ...

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 ...

Associations and Movements
Approval of changes in the statutes of the association that supports vulnerable women

A few days ago, Prefect Kevin Farrell, in the presence of Undersecretary Linda Ghisoni, gave (see the photo on the side) Marie-Ange Bellance, President of Claire Amitié, the decree approving some ...

Associations and Movements
The words of Msgr. Bassetti, President of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, and Fr. Gentili, head of the Family Ministry Office, to the assembly of the Forum of Family Associations. President De Palo: “Family are the cue not the illness”

“If the families stop, the country’s social motor will stop, the heart of society will stop beating. And if the heart stops beating, after a while brain death will follow. To prevent this drift, we ...

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 ...

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 ...

Associations and Movements
A day of study focused on the theological scenario and open legal issues in the relationship between movements, associations, new communities, and institutions

“Charism and Institution in Movements and Ecclesial Communities” is the theme of the study day, promoted by the Evangelii Gaudium Center of the Sophia University Institute and under the patronage of ...

The triennial Forum for Catholic Movements and Associations, which includes 25 lay entities working in the Church, met in Quebec

“Co-workers in the Vineyard” was the theme of the 2017 Forum for Canadian national Catholic movements and associations held early in October, in Châteauguay, Quebec. The forum, organized every three ...

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 ...

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 ...

In Bucharest, a conference on “The Family at the Center of the Economy” promoted by the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

The Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) recently met with the Romanian Association “Vladimir Ghika” for a conference in Bucharest on the theme: “The Family at the Center of ...


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 ...

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 ...

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’ ...

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 ...

The Genfest in Manila challenges the young to be global men and women

Love, start again and share are the three words proposed by the Focolare President Maria Voce on the day after the closing of the eleventh edition of the Genfest, the international festival of the ...


  Last Saturday, Pope Francis met with the participants of the Meeting “Economy and Communion,” entrepreneurial association, based on fraternity and profit sharing, that is a part of the Focolare ...

Movements and Associations

A great wish of Father Josef Kentenich—founder of the highly diversified Schönstatt Movement, born one hundred years ago in Germany—was that the Movement be present in the heart of the Church, in ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Movements - Communities
The Prefect's Homily at the Family Pilgrimage for the Family of Renewal in the Spirit

"Forgive each other heartily in our families so that we may always start again with a free heart, without holding on to the offenses received"—with this hope, Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, ...

The Community of Christian Life proposes a resource by inspired Ignatian spirituality to strengthen relationships

One dice, two chips, 80 cards with questions, and a board of colored squares on which the four pillars of the couple—communication, daily life, sexuality, and planning—cross. The table game “Duopoly” ...

Local Churches
Bishop Mercado: “Young people and families, an educational alliance that flourishes in the parish”

“All have been baptized, but many have not been catechized”—starting with this point, H.E. Msgr. Jesse E. Mercado, the Bishop of Parañaque—in the Archdiocese of Manila, Philippines—, in an interview ...

Associations and movements
The movement “Encuentros de Promoción Juvenil” met in Arizona to celebrate its anniversary and renew its commitment

The Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et exsultate” was the theme on which the 16th US International Meeting of the movement “Encuentros de Promoción Juvenil”, which coincided with its 50th ...

Associations and Movements
In Castelgandolfo “The great attraction of modern times,” the first of the events dedicated to Chiara Lubich on the tenth anniversary of her death

A few days ago, Father Alexandre Awi Mello, Secretary of the Dicastery, participated in the event “The great attraction of modern times”, that was organized at the Mariapolis Center in Castelgandolfo ...

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 ...


  “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 ...

Associations and Movements
Prefect Farrell’s message to the families of the Renewal in the Spirit gathered in Pompeii for the 11th Pilgrimage

“You are the people who make Jesus present in the world, in your small one, noiselessly, by giving and receiving love for others. This is how marriage and the family are built, and human life, ...

Associations and Movements
The meeting of Undersecretary Ghisoni with the participants in the Schools of Charity and Mission of the Emmanuel Community

A few days ago, in the Roman church of Trinità dei Monti, the Undersecretary Linda Ghisoni met a group of young couples from France who are participating in the Schools of Charity and Mission animated ...

Movements and Associations
Pope Francis to the faithful in Tor Vergata: “You have in your DNA the vocation to the mission”

“The Risen Jesus says: ‘Make disciples’. This is the mission. He does not say: conquer, occupy, but rather, ‘make disciples’, that is, share with others the gift you have received, the encounter of ...

Holiness of the Laity
The philosopher Alici: "Even the lay Christians, and not just the pastors, must have the ordour of the sheep"

The philosopher Luigi Alici, former national Italian Catholic Action president, presented, at the end of April, a reflection on the presidencies of the A.C.I. under the title "A People for ...


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 ...


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 ...

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 ...

Meeting of Pope Francis with leaders of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal



“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 ...

Movements and Associations

Cardinal Kevin Farrell’s message to the 42nd National Convocation of the Renewal in the Holy Spirit is one of encouragement to continue along the path undertaken that has been so  fruitful in ...

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

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

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 ...

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 ...

Prefect Farrell presided over a mass in memory of the Founder of the Apostolic Movement, Father Josef Kentenich

The Roman Schoenstatt family gathered together on 13th November last at the Church of Santa Maria dell’Anima to celebrate the end of the Kentenich Year with a solemn mass.  The celebration was ...

The Roman Schoenstatt family gathered together on 13th November last at the Church of Santa Maria dell’Anima to celebrate the end of the Kentenich Year with a solemn mass.  The celebration was ...


The presentation of a new magazine - Ekklesía. Paths of communion and dialogue – a round table in progress ( on the theme “How to be ...