Pope Francis


On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of St John Paul II, Pope Francis sent a video message to the young people of Poland. In this message, he also mentioned the 2016 WYD which ...

In “La Civiltà Cattolica,” a review of the book written by Secretary of the Dicastery Fr. Awi Mello

Distinguishing (and helping the universal Church recognize and imbue its life with) the “Marian aroma” which emanates from Bergoglio who, profoundly marked by the presence of Mary, let himself be ...


Once again the thoughts of Pope Francis--in this present time dominated by the fear and isolation of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic--are turned towards the family. Introducing the Eucharistic ...

At the general audience, recalling the encyclical “Evangelium Vitae” 25 years after its promulgation

“The message of the encyclical Evangelium vitae is more relevant than ever. Even beyond emergencies such as the one we are all living now, it is about acting on cultural and educational levels for ...

Associations and Movements
The message of Pope Francis for the centenary of the birth of Chiara Lubich

Charisms are “gifts of the Spirit,” and “therefore it is good, even for bishops, to place themselves always anew at the school of the Holy Spirit.” And so Pope Francis, in a message read by Cardinal ...

The message of the Holy Father in audience with participants in the first international conference on the pastoral care of the elderly, “The Richness of Many Years of Life”

“When we think of the elderly and speak of them, especially in the pastoral dimension, we must learn to modify the verbs a little. There is not only the past, as if for the elderly there exists only ...


“To renew the commitment to guard and protect human life from its beginnings to its natural end”: this is the wish that Pope Francis reiterated, in yesterday’s Angelus, recalling the Day for Life ...

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 ...

The message of the Holy Father to the National Association of Elderly Workers

“When the Pope speaks of the elderly, he speaks of the future and of their valuable role in the Church and in society. This affirms us in our choice to organize the first international conference on ...

The message of Pope Francis for the 35th World Youth Day 2020

The message of the Holy Father to young people for the 35th World Youth Day 2020, which will be celebrated on a diocesan level throughout the world, focuses on the theme of: “Young man, I say to you, ...

As of today, you may find the texts and videos of our first international pastoral conference on the elderly in their original language on our webpage dedicated to the event.


Pope Francis appoints Álvaro Leonel Ramazzini Cardinal Imeri, Bishop of Huehuetenango, Guatemala as member of the Dicastery

On February 21st, the Holy See Press office released a statement of Pope Francis’ appointment of Álvaro Leonel Ramazzini Cardinal Imeri, Bishop of Huehuetenango, Guatemala as member of the Dicastery ...

On February 21st, the Holy See Press office released a statement of Pope Francis’ appointment of Álvaro Leonel Ramazzini Cardinal Imeri, Bishop of Huehuetenango, Guatemala as member of the Dicastery ...

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The message for the 28th World Day of the Sick

“The noun ‘person’ always comes before the adjective ‘sick.’ Therefore, may your work always promote the dignity and life of the human person, without conceding to acts of a euthanistic nature, to ...

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The message of the Pope on the Virgin of Guadalupe, motherhood, and the “feminine” Church

“Woman, mother, and mestiza.” So Pope Francis described the Virgin of Guadalupe in the Mass celebrated on the occasion of the feast of the Morenita, patroness of all Spanish-speaking peoples. In the ...

Undersecretary Gambino at the presentation of the Message for the 53rd World Day of Peace

“To return the family to the center of our attention, since it is the heart of the development and promotion of a pedagogy of peace.” These are the words of Undersecretary Gabriella Gambino, speaking ...

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Apostolic letter on the value of the Nativity Scene: “to participate to the children and grandchildren this experience that narrates the love of God”

“With this Letter, I wish to encourage the beautiful family tradition of preparing the nativity scene in the days before Christmas, but also the custom of setting it up in the workplace, in schools, ...

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The Holy Father’s address to participants in the Tribunal of the Roman Rota’s course on the protection of marriage and the pastoral care of wounded couples

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

After the Synod

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

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The video message with the prayer intentions for December published through the Pope’s World Prayer Network

"Every marginalized child, every abused child, every abandoned child, every child without schooling, without medical care, is a cry that rises up to God.” So begins the message of Pope Francis ...

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

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

Apostolic Journey

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

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The video message sent by the Pope on the occasion of the talk show on the Synod with the Prefect Card. Kevin Farrell in Toronto

“Do not let your youth be stolen from you. Do not allow anyone to slow and obscure the light that Christ puts in your face and in your heart. Be weavers of relationships signed by trust, by sharing, ...

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The New “John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute” for Matrimonial and Family Sciences Instituted in a Motu Propio

“This synodal season has led the Church to renewed awareness of the Gospel of the Family and of new pastoral challenges that the Christian community is called on to answer. The centrality of the ...


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

On 8 December, the dome of the Holy Trinity in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception will be inaugurated

Pope Francis has appointed the Prefect Card. Kevin Farrell to be his special envoy at the inauguration of the dome depicting the Most Holy Trinity in the Basilica of the US National Shrine of the ...

2nd International Congress on C.A. Catholic Action is a mission with everyone and for everyone

The mission of Catholic Action today is—according to Pope Francis—to form “missionary disciples.” The heart of the Holy Father’s long speech, interrupted by many additions off the cuff, to the 2nd ...


Sport represents the “joy of moving … of being together,” the “joy for life and the gifts that the Creator bestows on us each day.” However, it also helps to spread a “culture of encounter and ...

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 ...

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 ...

Cardinal Comastri’s new book is prefaced by Pope Francis and contains many testimonies that celebrate the beauty of the family

“Is it possible to give life back to the family? Yes, it is possible! It is possible by starting with the fascinating beauty of the family built according to God’s plan and bearing in mind the wounds ...

Lay associations
On the third anniversary of the meeting with Peres and Abu Mazen in the Vatican

The International Forum Catholic Action proposes the initiative "A Minute for Peace," to be held on Thursday, 8 June, at 1:00 p.m. on the occasion of the third anniversary of the prayer ...

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, ...

Local Churches
Umbria, the Paschal Resource for the Family with a handwritten note from Pope Francis

“To the dear families of Umbria. The booklet summarizing the contents of the Encyclical Laudato si’, which will be given to you by your priests during the Paschal Blessing, is particularly significant ...


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Pope Francis has addressed a letter to young people on the occasion of the presentation of the preparatory document for the coming XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme “Young people, faith and vocation discernment,” a document intended to be “like a compass along this path.” These are some of the Pope’s beautiful words.

Dear young people, “I wanted you to be the centre of attention, because you are in my heart,” as ” a Father who invites you to ‘go’, to set out towards a future which is unknown but one which will ...

In his speech for the inauguration of the Judicial Year of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, Pope Francis indicated the “remedies available” for dealing with the worrying situation marked by the gradual increase, even today, of the number of invalid marriages.

Partendo da un testo di San Giovanni Paolo II (Fides et Ratio), che ribadiva il legame tra la conoscenza di fede e quella della ragione – per cui “quanto più ci si allontana dalla prospettiva di fede, ...

Symposium of the Italian Bishops’ Conference
Pope Francis's Video Message: “Spouses and Parents are accompanied the commitment to apply the Gospel to the concreteness of life”

“Love between man and woman is obviously one the most generative human experiences. It is the leaven of the culture of encounter and gives the present world an injection of sociality. Indeed, the good ...


“The most difficult questions come from young people.” In these words of Pope Francis, reported by Fr. Antonio Spadaro in Civiltà Cattolica no. 4000 and published today by the Corriere ...

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The Holy Father’s words in Lima, Trujillo and Puerto Maldonado: “What would Peru be like, without its mothers and grandmothers!”

“Your faces, your questions and your lives are important for the Church and we need to give them the importance they deserve. We must also have the courage of the many young people of this land who ...

Church and sports
Pope Francis received in audience the delegation from the National Football League

At 9.00 this morning, in the Study of the Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father Francis received in audience the delegation from the National Football League (NFL), and addressed the following greeting to ...


The World Taekwondo Federation’s President Chungwon Choue and the President of the Italian Taekwondo Federation Angelo Cito was received by Pope Francis at the general audience on 10 May. On this ...

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 ...

Address of Pope Francis to the participants at the General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life

A mission that is “difficult, yet also exhilarating,” is set against a horizon, where “there is no shortage of men and women of good will, scholars included, with differing approaches to religion and ...

Church and Sport
Holy Father Francis met the members of the Brazilian football team who survived the plane crash

On 26 November 2016, the Chapecoense team preparing to play against the Colombian Atletico Nacional in the final match of the South American Cup, was involved in the terrible plane crash near the ...


  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 ...

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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 ...

Pope Francis to all Bishops

Let us not allow children to be deprived of joy! said Pope Francis, speaking personally to all the world’s Bishops on the day when the Church commemorates the Holy Innocents, the children, ...

Pope Francis
In his address to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, the Pope reaffirms the intangibility of human life and the importance of the family, “the future of the Church and of society”

Pope Francis pronounced two important speeches in recent weeks on the themes of marriage, family, and life. The first was addressed to the participants of the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for ...


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 ...

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 ...

The words addressed to the participants of the General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life

“Think of human life at its conception, human life growing in the womb, life newly born, life as a child, a teenager, an adult… Think of life that has grown old and is ready to pass away—and eternal ...


Dear friends, as Pope Francis has said, “Every young person has something to say to the Church, to the bishops and to the Pope!” That is why three hundred of your contemporaries from around the world ...

Today the Via Crucis will be presided by Prefect Farrell for the young people gathered for the pre-Synodal meeting

Today, Prefect Kevin Farrell will preside over the Via Crucis that will set out from the cloister of the Basilica of St. John Lateran and go through the streets of Rome. This is one of the events ...

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 ...

Pope Francis has recognized that the 16-year-old Slovak girl was killed in 1944 “in defensum castitatis”

Anna Kolesárová will be beatified: Pope Francis officially recognized her martyrdom in defense of bodily chastity, thus paving the way for the beatification of the young Slovak from the diocese of ...

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In a volume published by “Città Nuova”, the Pope talks to the Secretary of our Dicastery, Father Awi Mello

“She is My Mother” will be in the bookshops tomorrow and is the fruit of a conversation between Pope Francis and Alexandre Awi Mello, Secretary of our Dicastery. “This book – affirmed the Pope – has ...

Starting tomorrow, a course is promoted by the Vicariate and Rota Romana the will conclude with Pope Francis

The Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia and the book “Marriage and Family in the Synodal Journey of Pope Francis”, written by Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto, Dean of the Roman Rota, are at the base of the ...

Pope Francis: "There is no youth; there are young people with their stories that the Church wants to hear”

“What are you looking for in your life? Say it; it will do us good to listen to you.” Pope Francis addressed these words to the young people from around the world who are participating, at the ...

The announcement was made on the sidelines of the General Audience: The Pope will participate in the Festival of Families and celebrate the final Mass

Francis will take part in the World Meeting of Families next August in Dublin: he will participate in a special way in the Festival of Testimonies, which will take place on Saturday, August 25th, and ...

Pontifical Academy for Life
Pope Francis’s Message to the participants at the Meeting of the World Medical Association on end-of-life issues: “Fighting Pain and Loneliness”

“The categorical imperative is to never abandon the sick”. All are called to “give love in his or her own way—as a father, a mother, a son, a daughter, a brother or sister, a doctor or a nurse. But ...

The Pope in Milan
Pope Francis’ most beautiful words in Milan about the family and children

The Pope thanked the inhabitants of Milan for their extraordinary welcome: “Really, I truly felt at home! And this with everyone, believers and non-believers alike.” He mentioned the family several ...

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 ...

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 ...

European Families Celebrating

FAFCE, the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations, will celebrate its anniversary in Rome on June 1st, the International Day of Parents, by meeting Pope Francis. This was announced in a ...

Local Churches
A note from the Bishops of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta to accompany couples and families in difficult situations

To implement Amoris Laetitia the Bishops of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta have drawn up some guidelines now published in a note entitled “The Lord is close to those who have a wounded heart. Accompany, ...

The testimony of Dewi Praswida, a young Muslim from Indonesia who participated in the Pre-Synod Meeting

“March 19, 2018 is a day that will never be forgotten in the course of my life. Who would have thought me, Muslim women from the border region of Central Java with East Java can shake hands directly ...


  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 - 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 ...


On Tuesday, 16 May, at 10:30 am, Pope Francis received the Directors of the National League of Professionals Series A and the Managers and Footballers of the Juventus and Lazio Teams in the Clementine ...

La visita del Papa al Villaggio Emanuele

Last Friday, Pope Francis visited – as part of the Mercy Friday pastoral initiative – the “Villagio Emanuele” in the Roman district of Bufalotta, an institution for people with Alzheimer’s. This is ...

Pope Francis

Young people were the protagonists of Pope Francis’ s address a few days ago to the members of the Associazione Rondine-Cittadella della Pace whom he welcomed in an audience to celebrate the ...

Lay Saints

A few days ago, Pope Francis dedicated words of great esteem for two lay faithful who – with their life and their commitment – left a mark in the recent history of Italy: the Venerable Giorgio La Pira ...

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In “the Wisdom of Time” a new vision of the reality of older people and their role in the future of young people

The response to the culture of waste and the generation gap is dialogue between the young and older people: this is Pope Francis’ idea at the base of the  project Sharing The Wisdom Of Time, ...

Our Secretary, Father Awi spoke to TV 2000 about the volume “She is My Mother” born from the dialogue with Pope Francis

From the first moments in Lujàn, in the Marian sanctuaries, with the people, to the encounters that untangle the knots, in Aparecida,  to the encounters in the form of prayer:  it is the ...


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 ...

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In the words chosen by the Pope for the feast days, the themes of family and life are constantly and concretely evoked

The year just begun “opens in the name of the Mother of God.” Mary, placing herself as a mother between her son Jesus and people, carries out “a very special function.” Furthermore, “all parents” are ...


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 ...

Papa Francesco

“Why did you become Pope?”, “What was the most difficult moment of your life?”, “How does it feel to be the representative of the Catholic Church?” These are some of the questions that the children of ...

Pope Francis
The invitation to not be afraid, the importance of the name, the grace of God, and the courage in the present: these are the four cardinal points of Pope Francis’ Message for WYD 2018

“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God” (Lk 1:30) is the theme of Pope Francis’ Message to the young people preparing for the XXXIII World Youth Day 2018, which will be celebrated ...


“Today, ours is a ‘culture of waste,’ while fighting for life means fighting for a culture in which every life is to be respected. Today, when we say this, it seems like we’re speaking ‘Martian.’ Your ...

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"The Pope's words on selective abortion and the family addressed to the delegation of the Forum of Family Associations"

“The human family as an image of God, man and woman, is only one. It is only one.” Pope Francis said this, a few days ago, speaking off-the-cuff to a delegation from the Forum of Family Associations ...

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 ...

Towards Easter
A resource for Lent from the diocese of Rome

“We want prayer to become once again the normal and daily breath of each of the faithful and of their communities of life and work, starting with the reality of the family.” This is the wish of Rome’s ...


The official program of Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to Ireland, on August 25th and 26th, on the occasion of the World Meeting of Families, has been published. Yesterday, the Press Office of the Holy ...

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The Pope’s words to the young people and the elderly of the Roman parish of Saint Gelasius in Ponte Mammolo

“Life is a little like this afternoon because sometimes the sun shines, but sometimes clouds come, it rains, and the weather is bad. Know that there are good times and bad times in life. What should a ...

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A video message with the Pope's prayer intention for the month of August

“Life today can endanger the family, so concrete measures are needed to help it to grow.” This is the heart of Pope Francis’ message in the video with the prayer intention for the month of August. The ...

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The Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et exsultate”: One becomes a saint by living the beatitudes

Pope Francis has chosen to put the spirit of joy in the opening of his most recent Apostolic Exhortation. “Gaudete et exsultate”—“Rejoice and be glad” is the title of the document, which recalls the ...

The Miracle of Life
The Congregation for the Causes of Saints recognizes the healing of an unborn child

Paul VI has made another great and decisive step towards canonization. The members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints unanimously gave the green light to the second miracle attributed to the ...


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.

Pope Francis asks to pray for families: the meditation of the Under-Secretary Gabriella Gambino

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

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 ...


“God is a ‘lover of life’, for this reason “we must say to all the men and women in the world: do not despise life!”. Pope Francis during the general audience in his catechesis on the Fifth ...

The pre-synodal meeting that will bring together 300 young people from all over the world as protagonists, from 19 to 24 March, was presented. The call to contribute through social networks.

On the anniversary of the beginning of his Petrine ministry, on March 19th, Pope Francis will open the work of the pre-synodal meeting that will bring together 300 young people from all over the world ...

During the General Audience, Pope Francis retraced the days of the IX World Meeting of Families that just ended

“My presence in Ireland—Francis said during this morning’s General Audience, taking stock of the meeting that ended on Sunday—was, above all, intended to confirm the Christian families in their ...

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 ...

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 ...


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 ...

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 ...

Revisiting the Holy Father’s words on the elderly

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

Meeting with members of the "Istituto Ospedale degli Innocenti" (Hospital of the Innocents) in Florence

Last Friday, during his meeting with members of the Hospital of the Innocents, Pope Francis, spoke about the matter of adoption.  Setting aside the speech he had prepared, he made an impromptu ...


Registrations – at least 150 thousand only from Latin America – the Pope – who “ is very excited” now the event is getting closer –, Panama – “an open and welcoming city” –, and the encyclical ...

Meeting of Pope Francis with leaders of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal


Young People
On the eve of the World Youth Day in Panama (22-27 January) preparations for those travelling and initiatives for those remaining

Fifteen bishops and 900 young people; this is the Italian group attending the Panama meeting that will end with the visit of Pope Francis. However, already on January 16th, five hundred young people ...

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 ...

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The Pope’s words during the catechesis on the sixth commandment: “You shall not commit adultery”

Every Christian vocation, like the priesthood and consecrated virginity, is spousal. Pope Francis recalled this yesterday on completing his catechesis on the sixth commandment: You shall not commit ...

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Unity and fidelity; two matrimonial assets which, before being legal obligations for every Christian marriage, are the epiphany of baptismal faith

It is a very meaningful passage in the speech which Pope Francis gave to the officials and lawyers of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota for the inauguration of the juridical year. The secularization of ...

The Synod Meeting focussing on young people has ended; the homily of Pope Francis, the Final Document, the Bishops’ Letter.

Three parts, 12 chapters, 167 paragraphs, 60 pages, this is the composition of the Final Document of the XV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme “  Young People, the Faith and ...

Reform of the Roman Curia
The Words of the C9 Secretary on the new Apostolic Constitution “Praedicate evangelium”

“It would be misleading to think of a reform that would overturn the entire curial organisation. Indeed, in the Curia there are dicasteries that pertain to the fundamental actions of the ecclesial ...

Our secretary, Father Awi Mello, attended the Continental Congress of Laymen and Laywomen in Brazil

The letter on the participation of the laity in public life that Pope Francis sent on 19th March to Cardinal Francesco Marc Oellet,  President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, ...

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The Pope’s Video Message in preparation for the WYD to be held in Panama has been released

“There are many young people, believers and non-believers who, when they have finished studying, show a desire to help others, to do something for those who are suffering.  This is the strength ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Pope Francis
The Catechesis on the Tenth Commandment: “All sin is born of evil desires”

With the tenth and last Commandment, “You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife […], or anything that belongs to your neighbour”, Pope Francis concluded yesterday his Catechesis on the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Launch of the campaign “The elderly are your grandparents” Use the inventiveness of love: make phone or video calls, listen to them!

It is possible to reduce the isolation felt by elderly people while also strictly observing health guidelines for Covid-19. The pandemic has hit the elderly particularly hard and it has disconnected ...

Pope Francis
The video message with the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for July is shared through the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network

While the pandemic continues to be a scourge on many parts of the world, the Holy Father has not forgotten families, recalling how they are “the foundation of society, […] the most suitable structure ...

The proceedings of the International Conference on medically fragile newborn life are now online

The ebook of the collected proceedings of the international conference “Yes to Life! Taking care of the precious gift of life in all its frailty” are available for free online, on our website and on ...

Pope Francis includes the Cardinal among the members of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts

“I express my gratitude to Pope Francis for the trust placed in me. I renew my commitment to be fully available to the service of the Holy Father and of the universal Church; and I offer up, on the ...