Family

22/05/2020
Family
The intervention of Undersecretary Gambino at the 10th “Familia para todos” Conference

To mark the International Day of Families, the Center for the Family at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile has held the 10th Familia para todos (“Family for all”) Conference. Undersecretary ...

01/04/2020
Coronavirus

We are sharing the following prayer of Fr. Francesco Dell'Orco, pastoral assistant at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, which was inspired by our message of 6 March 2020 to ...

21/04/2020
Dicastery

Taking heed of the concerns of families and young people to adjust these events according to changed logistical circumstances and requirements, wanting to promote better organizational ...

17/03/2020
Coronavirus

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 ...

19/03/2020
Family

« The Lord’s presence dwells in real and concrete families, with all their daily troubles and struggles, joys and hopes » (Amoris Laetitia, 315). In the Church we’ve a hidden treasure: the family. The ...

27/01/2020
Ad limina

In recent weeks, various groups of American bishops in Rome on their ad limina visits stopped by the Dicastery. The spoke to us of a laity that is generous and which actively participates in the life ...

07/11/2019
Elderly
The Dicastery is organizing the first international conference for the pastoral care of the elderly. The event will be held in Rome from 29 – 31 January 2020. The program is already available.

Pope Francis loves the elderly and, from the beginning of his pontificate, and on numerous occasions, he has emphasized their indispensable role in dialogue with young people, in the transmission of ...

19/12/2019
Elderly
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 ...

03/03/2020
Elderly
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.

   

17/12/2019
Family
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 ...

10/12/2019
Pope Francis
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, ...

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

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

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

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

24/07/2017
The Course

PRESENTATION The Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies, in collaboration with the National Offices for Family Ministry and Pastoral Care of Vocations of the Italian ...

27/10/2017
WMOF
A weekly podcast from Dublin with experiences and testimonies about the joy of family life

The 2018 World Meeting of Families in Dublin will not only be lived and shared by all but also listened to on the way. For this reason, WMOF podcasts are available online: “Each of these audio files ...

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 ...

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 ...

11/10/2017
A small reflection upon the magisterium of the Holy Father Roncalli

Even though the family was not one of the principle themes of Saint John XXIII’s pontificate, there are actually many texts where the new saint refers to the family. Above all we see the family ...

12/04/2017
South Africa

 “Marfam” (Marriage and Family Life Renewal Ministry), which has been working for years in direct contact with the Bishops’ Conference of South Africa to actively promote and support the family ...

16/02/2017
A new reprint by LEV of John Paul II’s Catecheses on Love is in the bookstores

 The Catecheses on human love pronounced by John Paul II over thirty years ago have been reprinted by LEV in a book edited by Gilfredo Marengo: “The two phrases that form the title of the new ...

20/11/2017
Local Churches
From the dioceses of Milan and Turin a series of proposals for couples, parents and children

Spiritual Exercises, resources, documents, activities, and formation are proposed especially to families in many dioceses. For example, the service for the family of the church of Milan ...

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 ...

11/09/2017
The John Paul II Institute
The John Paul II Institute’s offer of formation for the new academic year

Ten proposals, including licentiates, doctorates, and masters, to “to deepen the knowledge of the truth about marriage and the family, in the light of faith and with the help of the different human ...

09/02/2017
The Pontifical John Paul II Institute is promoting a seminar on the pastoral for marginalized families

“Pastoral Commitment with marginalized and poor families” is the theme of the seminar proposed by the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family from 2 to 11 May. The event, ...

08/01/2018
WMOF
Interview with Ireland’s Primate Martin: “The Catholic family is beautiful: it is based on love and grows in a community of families”

“We want to show that the model of the Catholic family can attract; it’s beautiful. We are offering the beauty of our vision, that of a man and a woman united in love and committed to life.” These ...

02/03/2017
Bologna
In Bologna, on 7 and 8 March, a conference on the Synod and Marriage in a Theological Perspective

“The Gospel of the Family” is the theme of the 11th Annual Conference, organized by the Theological Faculty of Emilia Romagna and scheduled for 7 and 8 March, in Bologna. The event, to be held in the ...

24/01/2018
Local Churches
Bishop De Luca: “360-degree help for the family so that it may be the territory’s absolute protagonist of the territory”

A Family Help Center named “Amoris Laetitia” was opened a few weeks ago in the diocese of Termoli-Larino to provide assistance and support of experts and qualified personnel in different fields. A ...

30/01/2018
John Paul II Institute

The Chair “Gaudium et Spes” at the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences was inaugurated a few days ago. “The new chair—a note indicates—expresses the ...

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 ...

01/03/2017
Interview

For nearly forty years now, the Church in Italy has been celebrating the National Day for Life on the first Sunday of February. This year, on 29 January 2017, the newspaper Avvenire, in the supplement ...

02/02/2018
Family and New Technologies
The report of the International Center for Family Studies: “The Social Networks, Valid Support”

The favorite social network of families is WhatsApp, where most of the family connections are present (82%). On Facebook, however, they are just over one half (51.4%). The instant messaging ...

16/10/2017
USMI
The Italian Union of Major Superiors is sponsoring a course on family pastoral care for consecrated persons and facilitators

A course of formation on family pastoral ministry for consecrated persons and lay facilitators is proposed by the Italian Union of Major Superiors in collaboration with the Center for Studies Capax ...

22/02/2017
John Paul II Institute

You have until 5 March to register for the special cycle of the Master’s Degree in Sciences of Marriage and the Family, offered by the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and ...

22/11/2017
WMOF
The guests of the fifth podcast of “Let’s Talk Family” are part of the team of organizers of the pilgrimage from the Archdiocese of Birmingham to Ireland’s capital

Natalie Orefice and Lianne Pap are the protagonists of the new podcast in the series “Let’s Talk Family,” the “weekly” meeting on the way to the World Families Meeting in Dublin. In this fifth ...

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 ...

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 ...

21/01/2018
Books
The social networks are full of children: Who protects them?

The observations of the journalist Simone Cosmi and the psychoanalyst Alberto Rossetti, in the book published by Città Nuova “Nasci, cresci e posta” constitute this guide for understanding ...

25/01/2018
WMOF
The eighth podcast in the series “Let’s Talk Family” designed to accompany the World Meeting of Families, is online.

Richard Brennan, head of the volunteer project of the 2018 World Meeting of Families, is the protagonist of the new episode—the eighth one—of the series of podcasts “Let’s Talk Family” proposed weekly ...

10/12/2017
Local Churches
The Dublin World Meeting of Families: A vademecum for the dioceses from the Italian Bishops’ Conference

“We are delighted to be able to offer you indications on how to participate in the IX World Meeting of Families, which will be held from 21 to 26 August in Dublin.” This is the incipit of the letter ...

11/11/2017
Books
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 ...

04/05/2017
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 ...

03/12/2017
Testimony
The story of Evelyn and Rolando and of their little Lourdes, born thanks to the intercession of St. John Paul II

The fruits that many young pilgrims of the WYD say they have received at the meetings throughout the world are countless, but when we read this story, we said: Why not ask Evelyn to write her ...

20/08/2017
WMOF
Six Evenings in the Parish to Reflect on Pope Francis’ Words and Family Life in View of Dublin

A six-part program for parishes based on “Amoris Laetitia,” designed in preparation for the World Meeting of Families, will be presented on 21 August, at Our Lady of Knock, together with the icon of ...

10/02/2017
“Retrouvaille”—Divorce is not a solution in Italy either

  Healing wounds to prevent divorce is the objective of “Retrouvaille,” an association whose name explains its mission: reuniting, and not just a simple therapy for the couple, after which they ...

08/12/2017
WMOF
The surprising podcast number 6 of “Let's talk family” presents the online Advent calendar

The sixth podcast in the series “Let’s talk family” is online. This week too a new podcast in view of the World Meeting of families in Dublin is available. This week’s episode is a little bit ...

09/10/2017
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 ...

23/03/2017
Mexico
The Project to support women promoted by the Family Movement celebrates its tenth anniversary

More than 100 thousand women and as many families have been helped over the past decade. These are the "numbers" of the project "Support for Responsible Mothers" that was launched ...

20/08/2017
WMOF
A Year of Practical Initiatives in the Parish to Prepare for the Meeting in Dublin

A volume of practical initiatives for the World Meeting of Families, containing mainly suggestions and proposals to be used in the parishes, will be presented on 21 August at Our Lady of Knock, ...

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 ...

26/01/2018
Local Churches
The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences calls for reflection on the Catholic family as a domestic Church on a mission of mercy

The Churches in Asia “reaffirm the mission of pastoral care of families. To fulfill this mission, the family needs a formation that empowers it, so that everyone feels called to love family life.” ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

10/02/2017
FAFCE
Fafce: “Ban on pornography and gratuitous violence on television to protect our children”

  The reintroduction of “the ban on pornography and gratuitous violence on television, extending it to other audiovisual channels” to “better protect our children from harmful content and the new ...

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 ...

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 ...

22/09/2017
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 ...

23/01/2017
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, ...

09/01/2017

In the Pope’s diocese a series of formative meetings for pastoral agents are being held on the content of “Amoris Laetitia” A course of formation for pastoral workers is beginning these days at the ...

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 ...

16/11/2017
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 ...

19/11/2017
Local Churches
The newsletter prepared by the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences is online

The latest issue of the newsletter published by the Office of Laity and Family of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) is online. The PDF file can be downloaded free of charge. This ...

20/08/2017
WMOF
A Guide to Help Local Facilitators Prepare Parishes for the Meeting in Dublin

“Support diocesan delegates and their teams in organizing volunteers in parishes or in parish networks”—This is the purpose of the Guide for the local facilitators, designed to help parishes in their ...

22/01/2018
Pope Francis
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 ...

14/02/2017
Marriage
The 2017 World Family Map: “Children are more serene within marriage”

  Marriage is one of the most stable relational forms of coexistence. This is proven by the “2017 World Family Map,” presented on 16 February, at Roma Tre University, during the conference on ...

20/01/2018
Local Churches
The Archdiocese of Toledo proposes a path for spouses celebrating their silver anniversary

For years now, golden and silver wedding anniversaries have been celebrated in different parishes of the Archdiocese of Toledo. The diocesan delegate for the family and life, Miguel Garrigós ...

29/11/2017
WMOF
The families are preparing for the Dublin Meeting with an event dedicated to the pastoral ministry of marriage

A full day devoted to the pastoral ministry of marriage and family was hosted a few days ago by the “Jean XXIII” Pastoral Center of the diocese of Luxembourg in view of the World Meeting of Families ...

25/05/2017
The frontier of the human life

“Deepening the knowledge of the truth about marriage and the family, in the light of faith and with the help of the different human sciences, and preparing priests, religious, and laypeople to render ...

15/10/2017
Local Churches
Today in Lyon’s Cathedral of Saint John, a meeting for the separated, divorced and remarried

“Show them all that they are not only supported by everyone’s affection, love and attention but above all that we need them, in the journey they are on, because we build the Church together.” With ...

11/10/2017
Local Churches
The Portuguese Archdiocese of Évora bets on the family for the new pastoral year

The family is “the heart of Christian life” and must be the stake of this new pastoral year, said Évora’s Archbishop, H.E. Msgr. José Alves, a few days ago at the inauguration of the pastoral year ...

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 ...

11/04/2017
The Church, God’s People

“God’s people, the Church” is the theme of the resource in the series “Ab-Bebet. The adventure of the Bible in the family,” proposed by the Archdiocese of Toledo for the month of April. This is the ...

17/07/2017
WMOF
Available in five languages and full of multimedia contents

The website for the Dublin World Meeting of Families is online. This site—available in Italian, English, French, Spanish, and Irish Gaelic—is full of useful information and thematic insights. From the ...

08/05/2017
Cuba
Ad Limina Visit of Cuba’s Bishops

“Until a few years ago, often only grandmothers accompanied the children at Baptism, and they frequently chose to go to a neighboring area to avoid being recognized. Nowadays, most Cubans ask that the ...

15/02/2017
Post-synodal formation sessions are proposed for 2017 by the John Paul II Institute

The formation courses offered by the John Paul II Institute, which began last year, are continuing with the theme “After the Synod: The roads of family ministry.” These days, a course is being held on ...

03/11/2017
Associations and Movements

The new bulletin of the International Confederation of Christian Family Movements is online. This issue covers the first half of 2017. This 48-page newsletter includes the Charter of the Federation’s ...

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 ...

24/04/2017
The Magazine

The Higher Institute of Family Sciences of the Pontifical University of Salamanca has published a study on Amoris Laetitia in the January 2017 issue of its semi-annual magazine “Familia.” Below are a ...

05/10/2017
Books
Ignatian spirituality proposes a new tool to support families

“A tool to promote every family project, under any circumstances”—“The Family’s Clock” is a book by Fernando Vidal, director of the University Institute of Family Studies of the Pontifical University ...

25/04/2017
Ontario
Visit ad Limina of the Catholic Bishops' Assembly of Ontario

“We have to take care of real families and not the ideal ones we have in our minds.” This statement was at the heart of the exchange that took place in the office of the Dicastery for the Laity, ...

04/05/2017
WMOF

Msgr. Carlos Simon, the Dicastery’s Delegate for the Family section, and Dr. Marco Brusati, major events expert and our collaborator, are now in Dublin for a preparatory meeting of the World Meeting ...

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 ...

01/03/2017
Lublino
At the Catholic University of Lublin, the project of translating the Dicastery’s Acts into Polish continues

The fifth volume of the series “In the care of the welfare of marriage and the family” is completed. The announcement was made in the volume’s cover letter addressed to Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell, ...

26/01/2017
The Instrumentum Laboris of the 5th American Missionary Congress has been published—from the crisis to the urgency of saving the family

“America in Mission, the Gospel is Joy” is the catchphrase of the document “The joy of the Gospel: heart of the prophetic mission, source of reconciliation and communion,” the Instrumentum Laboris ...

15/03/2017
Audience

  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 ...

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 ...

21/11/2017
Uruguay
The Ad Limina Visit of the Bishops of a Latin American country that is facing a serious process of accelerated secularization

The challenges that the Uruguayan Church is called to face are not so different from those of most Western countries, but their influence on the society and its culture is so strong that Uruguay has ...

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 ...

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 ...

12/06/2017
#EarlyMomentsMatter

“Super Dads” is an initiative that has been created to celebrate fathers and stress the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the child’s healthy mental development. UNICEF ...

19/01/2017
A course on sex education will be given at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute from 13 to 17 February

“The Splendor and ambiguity of Sexuality. Is educating possible?” This is the central question that will be developed in the course promoted by the Pontifical John Paul II Institute, from 13 to 17 ...

02/01/2017
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, ...

27/04/2018
WMOF
Address of Ireland’s Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

“The World Meeting will seek to communicate and distil for our times the beautiful and prophetic vision of God’s plan for marriage and the family” because “we believe that the Church’s proclamation of ...

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

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

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

20/02/2018
Local Churches
The Umbrian Bishops’ Conference launches the third edition of the two-year school of formation for families

The third edition of the family formation course “Mysterium Familiae” has been launched. This initiative is intended to respond to Pope Francis’ call to help every family to discover itself as a ...

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

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

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

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

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

07/02/2018
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 ...

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

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

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

18/03/2018
Local Churches
In Assisi, the 20th National Week of Studies on conjugal and family spirituality

Italy’s 20th National Week of studies on conjugal and family spirituality will be held in Assisi (PG), in April and May, thus concluding the two-year period dedicated to the theme: “Roads of Happiness ...

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

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

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

24/03/2018
Local Churches
From the Archdiocese of Palermo, a document based on the experiences gathered by pastoral care workers compared with the documents of the Church

After long elaboration, the Family Ministry Office of the Archdiocese of Palermo has presented the document “For a Diocesan Itinerary of Marriage Preparation.” The text is the result of the collection ...

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

The interest in one’s own roots is growing more and more. This was stated by Michael Egan of the Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF), who spoke on the second day of the Pastoral Congress at the ...

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

On the first day of the Pastoral Congress organized in Dublin at the World Meeting of Families (21-26 August), Marian and Vincent Bradley (Northern Ireland), gave their testimony as parents of a child ...

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

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

09/10/2018
Romania

The free union "between man and woman" continues to be the foundation of the family. This is what the Catholic Bishops of Romania have stated in a press release issued the day after the ...

03/06/2018
Family and Life

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

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

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

09/03/2018
Local Churches
From the Archdiocese of Washington, a pastoral plan for implementing of Amoris Laetitia in the parishes

“Sharing in the Joy of Love in Marriage and Family” is the title of the pastoral plan proposed by the Archdiocese of Washington for implementing the Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” at the ...

19/09/2018
World Congress on the Family
The words of the Secretary of State Pietro Parolin at the meeting in Chisinau

“The most beautiful thing God created—as the Bible tells us—is the family; He created a man and a woman, and He gave them everything, entrusting the world them: grow, multiply, cultivate the land, ...

12/03/2018
Local Churches
Proposal from some Italian dioceses for nascent couples, those who are advancing and those in difficulty

From “Love in Progress,” an itinerary for young couples in love, to paths for those who are facing moments of difficulty and trying to find themselves—these coaching proposals, with some variations ...

19/05/2018
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 ...

15/10/2018
Young people and affectivity
In the context of Family Week, a convention was held in Rome on affectivity and sexuality attended by Undersecretary Gambino

To focus on the “integral education” of young people, to accompany them in  understanding their identity as an individual composed of body and soul called upon to live their relationships with ...

01/03/2018
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 ...

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

24/08/2018
Dublin: Marco Brusati

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

09/04/2018
Theology of the family
A text by Sister Rita Ndoci on the theology of the family in Familiaris Consortio and Gratissimam Sane for the new evangelization in Albania

This volume is the result of a long period of study and research. This is how the Archbishop of Scutari presented the work of Sr. Rita Ndoci, Sister of Jesus the Good Shepherd, a precious contribution ...

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

The reference chosen by Emmanuel and Marie-Gabrielle Ménager (Tobec, France), who spoke this morning during the panel session on the importance of the complementarity of mothers and fathers, at the ...

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

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

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

23/09/2018
Formation
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 ...

22/08/2018
Dublin: Anna and Alberto Friso
The testimony of the Friso couple on conjugal love, founded in God who is Love, can overcome every crisis and realize every dream

“It is in the family that life is enkindled. There, in a school of ever richer and more complete humanity, one learns to share, to rejoice and to suffer, to experience illness and to face death. Love ...

28/01/2018
The Expert’s Note
A comment on the 2017 CISF Report by Dr. Marco Brusati, analyst of anthropological models of the mass media system

"We need a specific and stable commitment to know and guide the media relations of the very young, starting as early as late childhood; for example and as a first step, we cannot ignore whose ...

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 ...

16/01/2018
WMOF
Update on the organizational activities: the preparations for the Festival, the Icon of the Holy Family, and podcast number 7 of the series “Let's Talk Family”

The preparations for the IX World Meeting of Families in Dublin are speeding up. The members of the organizing committee met a few days ago in Ireland’s capital to prepare the Festival of Families. ...

14/03/2017
John Paul II Institute
A study seminar

“Wine and Oil on the Wounds” is the title of the study seminar on the experience of abortion that the Pontifical John Paul II Institute has scheduled for 15 March, in its Auditorium, in Rome. “How ...

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 ...

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 ...

18/11/2017
WMOF
The training of some of the 1,300 volunteers has begun and the Hyland family from Australia is coming

In Dublin, the organizational machine preparing the big World Meeting of Families is moving ahead. There are already over one thousand registrations, precisely 1046, with 606 from Ireland and 440 from ...

25/08/2017
Ischia
Lina Balestrieri’s life, broken by the earthquake, leaves a bright example of dedication to families and to the weakest

The personal story of Lina Balestrieri, who died, at 59, in the earthquake that struck the town of Casamicciola in Ischia on 21 August, is simple but touching. Standing next to Santa Maria del ...

27/03/2017
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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

20/02/2017
Vietnam
Vietnam: Bishops launch the Year of the Family against divorce and marriage crisis

From the website of AsiaNews: “In 2016, there were over 60,000 divorce cases across the country. The causes of separation are family lifestyle, followed by adultery and violence. The crisis affects ...

01/10/2017
Italy
The Diocese of Trivento invites its parish priests to concrete commitment in marriage preparation

“The Joy of Yes forever” is the title of the marriage preparation course proposed by the Pastoral Family Ministry of Trivento (Campobasso) with the aim—the organizers explain—“of offering effective ...

25/05/2017
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 ...

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

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

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

25/02/2018
FAFCE
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 ...

11/02/2018
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, ...

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

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

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“Unfortunately, opportunities for people with disabilities to share the faith and belong to a community are still limited.” This was said by Cristina Gangemi, director of the Kairos Forum and ...

26/02/2018
Local Churches
From the Italian Diocese of Sora, a letter for Easter inspired by Amoris Laetitia

“The Family, a Place of Blessing” is the theme of the letter that Bishop Gerardo Antonazzo addressed to the community of Sora for Lent and in the perspective of Easter. In continuity with previous ...

06/02/2017
Projects, pilgrimages, workshops, and TV series: the initiatives of the Archdiocese of Toledo for families

“To offer help in deepening the call to holiness in family life.” This idea is the source of the proposals made by the delegation of Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Toledo, which repeats its ...

10/02/2017
The St. Thomas More Center in Spain has launched a campaign for mandatory family therapy

“Divorce is not the solution.” This is the slogan of the campaign launched by the Spanish legal center St. Thomas More, which has proposed a petition for a law that contemplates the obligation of ...

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. ...

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 ...

20/08/2017
WMOF 2018
Preparatory resources for the parishes will be presented and available online on August 21st

A Guide for Facilitators, a volume containing practical initiatives, and another on the six-part program for parishes based on “Amoris Laetitia” are the preparatory resources for the Dublin World ...

09/11/2017
WMOF
The guest of this new audio file, which can be downloaded for free, is the pastoral planning expert Petra Conroy

As announced; the third podcast of the series "Let's Talk Family" on the way to the meeting in Dubin, is available online. This week's guest, introduced as the others by Brenda Drumm, the ...

02/05/2019
Ad limina visit/Argentina I

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

29/01/2019
J.P.II Institute - Rome

Admissions are open until 31st May 2019 for two interdisciplinary academic courses, a Master’s Degree and Diploma, offered by the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute, Rome, in the Sciences ...

05/12/2018
Mauritius
The themes which emerged from the Fourth Congress of the “Africa Family Life Federation”

Humanae Vitae indissolubly combines two concepts: reinforcing spousal communion and the constant openness to life.  Amoris Laetitia further develops this connection throughout the various stages ...

12/11/2018
Local churches

A document – the second in just a few weeks – on the themes of sexuality, gender and the so-called gender ideology, also in regard to the cultural and political debate going on in Argentina. It has ...

30/11/2018
Family Forum

“The Future is a Pact”: this was the theme chosen for the National Assembly of the Forum of Family Associations which ended a few days ago in Rome.. “A pact” – the Forum Assembly explained - “with our ...

23/01/2018
Formation
A course on the theology of marriage begins tomorrow at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum

The Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum has organized, in collaboration with the Project Misterogrande, a course of nuptial theology that will begin tomorrow and last ...

30/10/2017
WMOF
Guest of the second free downloadable audio file is Father McNeice, Master of Ceremonies to the Archbishop of Dublin

The second episode in the “Let’s talk family” podcast series has been released. As announced, this week a new podcast will accompany families on the way to the Meeting in Dublin. The guest of this ...

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 ...

18/09/2017
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, ...

06/01/2018
Pope Francis
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 ...

24/03/2017
Family and Media

Ten video lessons to analyze the relationship between the family and the mass media in the light of the most popular contents: movies, TV-series, video games, social networks, news, and stories. The ...

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 ...

14/02/2017
Marriage
On 28 April, the IV Sacramental Theology Colloquium will be held at the John Paul II Institute on “The conjugal bond and sacramental character”

“The conjugal bond and sacramental character: A new corporeality” is the theme of the IV Sacramental Theology Colloquium, which will be hosted by the Pontifical John Paul II Institute on 28 April. ...

03/04/2017
Grandparents

Grandparents are a great human, social, religious, and spiritual treasure; they are the family's memory and make it possible for the grandchildren to develop roots that give meaning to life, save them ...

03/02/2018
John Paul II Institute
A seminar on the logic of desire and the theology of faith

"Faithfulness and Trust: The Logic of Desire and the Theology of Faith” is the theme of the study seminar promoted by the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute. Today, the culture of ...

22/02/2017
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 ...

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

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

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

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

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

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 ...

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“Like any terminally ill child, the unborn child with a life-limiting condition is a precious gift for his or her parents to accept, welcome, and nurture in the remaining weeks and days.” These are ...

19/06/2018
Pope Francis
"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 ...

28/02/2018
WMOF
From 21 to 24 August, roundtables and debates at the Royal Dublin Society in Dublin

Each day, there will be roundtables, debates, moments of conviviality and prayer for the families, with appropriate activities for children and young people. All this is on the program of the ...

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“All the improvised public measures often introduced to help families, such as a bonus for newborn children or different subsidies to support education, do not reach the goal of effectively supporting ...

20/09/2018
Associations and Movements
The 2018 edition of the Catholic Action’s formation project for engaged and young married couples is launched

The 2018 edition of “Disegni di affettività” (Designs of Affectivity), an initiative of the Italian Catholic Action for engaged and young married couples, now in its tenth year, will start tomorrow in ...

24/09/2018
Local Churches

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

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

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

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

30/04/2018
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 ...

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

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

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

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

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

01/10/2018
Europe
The FAFCE has organized a Policy Briefing at the headquarters of the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels

The Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) has organized a “policy briefing” on the theme “Family & Finance: A possible alliance?” that will be held on 16 October at the ...

02/03/2018
WMOF
An ideal resource for parishes, available in five languages, combined with the preparatory catecheses

Giuseppe Verdi’s “Va’ Pensiero,” one of the best-known choruses in the history of opera, serves as the soundtrack for the second multimedia art clip produced by the Dicastery, in collaboration with ...

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

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

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

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

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

24/05/2018
IPF

The 2018 Report on the Evolution of the Family in Europe has been prepared by the Institute for Family Policy (IFP). Demographic evolution, the evolution of nuptiality, family and reconciliation, and ...

21/05/2018
Holy See
A decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary explains the conditions for the indulgences granted on the occasion of the Dublin World Meeting of Families

Pope Francis will grant the gift of indulgences to the faithful on the occasion of the IX World Meeting of Families. This was announced by the Apostolic Penitentiary with a decree issued today, ...

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

18/02/2018
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 ...

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 ...

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

01/09/2018
Local Churches
The commitment of the Vietnamese church to young people and families

“Separations, divorces, and small nuclei are becoming increasingly frequent.” This is the alarm launched by Msgr. Joseph Nguyễn Năng, Bishop of Phát Diệm, regarding the situation in Vietnam where, as ...

12/06/2018
WMOF

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 ...

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

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

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“I’m an adult with Down’s syndrome. I like people to see me and not my condition. I feel that my life is blessed.” This was said by Michael Gannon, a marketing expert with Down syndrome, who spoke ...

04/04/2018
WMOF
Combined with preparatory catechesis, available in five languages, it is an ideal resource for parishes

"Ombra mai fu", the opening aria of Georg Friedrich Handel’s opera “Xerxes,” is the soundtrack of the third multimedia artistic clip produced by the Dicastery with the collaboration of the ...

08/08/2018
WMOF
Dublin World Meeting: The seventh and last artistic multimedia clip combined with the catechetical journey is online

David Foster’s “The Prayer” is the soundtrack of the seventh multimedia clip produced by the Dicastery together with the Franciscans of Mary in preparation for the Dublin World Meeting of ...

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

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

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

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

05/06/2018
WMOF
World Meeting in Dublin: the fifth artistic multimedia clip combined with the catechetical journey is online

Franz Schubert’s “Mille Cherubini in Coro” is the soundtrack of the fifth artistic multimedia clip produced by the Dicastery with the collaboration of the Franciscans of Mary in preparation for the ...

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

The “spiritual realism” of marriage, in which “each spouse realizes that the other is not his or her own, but has a much more important master, the one Lord,” is the central theme of Amoris Laetitia ...

11/07/2018
Mistero grande
Cardinal Farrell’s at the 8th National Conference of the Project “Grande Mistero”

Hundreds of families have, for years, gravitated around—and are the protagonists of—a great project built on these pillars: the family is an active agent of pastoral care, an agent building up the ...

07/08/2018
Pope Francis
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 ...

15/02/2018
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 ...

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

26/08/2018
WMOF

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

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

05/02/2019
Local Churches
The family is the good earth on which to sow and to allow compassion to grow

“Don’t judge if you don’t want to be judged... in the family”. This is the theme of the educational meetings for families organised by the Vicariate of Gela in the Diocese of Piazza Armerina, held ...

14/03/2019
Local Churches
Argentina, the Bishop of Rafaela’s letter for Lent

“The Family in the Service of Life” is the heading of the pastoral letter that Monsignor Fernández, Bishop of Rafaela, sent to his diocesan community at the beginning of Lent.   The Bishop ...

13/08/2019
Family
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 ...

05/11/2018
JP2 Institute
The start of the new biennium for the Master’s Degree promoted jointly with the Bioethics Institute of the Catholic University

The Pontifical Institute for the Family - with its 35 years of anthropological studies on the truth about man and about  woman, on love, on marriage and the family, on the light in Cristian ...

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

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

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

13/04/2018
Local Churches
A reflection on Amoris Laetitia from the Bishops of Lombardy

“We are addressing the diocesan and religious priests, the pastoral workers, and the families of our local churches to express our views on the reception of this important document in our context. We ...

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

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

22/08/2018
Dublin: Lidia and Andrea Alessi
Love is greater: from character differences to the formula of mutual giving and without reserve. From “mourning” over not having children to discovering the possibility of being fruitful in another way

"In our history, we experience the words that Pope Francis wrote in Amoris Laetitia: “Even in cases where, despite the intense desire of the spouses, there are no children, marriage still retains ...

24/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

14/06/2018
JP II Institute
A master’s degree in bioethics and formation in collaboration with the Institute of Bioethics and Medical Humanities of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart

Penetrate all cultures—medical, juridical, philosophical, and pedagogical—and animate them from within, so that they express the whole truth about man and life: this was reaffirmed by Pope Francis in ...

24/08/2018
World meeting for families

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

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

In the context of the Dublin World Meeting of Families, which will continue until August 26th, Claire and John Grabowski, of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family and Youth of the United States’ ...

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

23/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

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

13/10/2018
Local Churches

“The result aside, we should also reflect on the fact that an apparent failure can be full of hope”: were the word of the Greek-Catholic Bishop, Claudiu Pop, vicar of the Cardinal of Blaj ...

16/09/2018
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, ...

03/09/2018
Family
De Palo (Forum of Associations) on the news of the next World Meeting of Families to be held in Rome in 2021

“We welcome with joy and a bit of trepidation the words from Dublin announcing that the next World Meeting of Families will be held in Rome, in 2021.” This is the comment of Gigi De Palo, national ...

22/08/2018
World Meeting of Families

“Call to mind the life and teaching of Jesus, seeing in them his identification with asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants” is the invitation that Fr. Michael Czerny, under-secretary, co-responsible ...

29/08/2018
WMOF
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 ...

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

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

23/08/2018
World Meeting of families

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

20/04/2018
Local Churhces
Reflections and testimonies of the National Office of the Italian Episcopal Conference to walk on the “Roads of Happiness”

Four days of meetings, reflections, and conferences to trace “Roads of Happiness” in the man-woman alliance. This is the theme of the 20th National Week of Study on Conjugal and Family Spirituality, ...

Four days of meetings, reflections, and conferences to trace “Roads of Happiness” in the man-woman alliance. This is the theme of the 20th National Week of Study on Conjugal and Family Spirituality, ...

Four days of meetings, reflections, and conferences to trace “Roads of Happiness” in the man-woman alliance. This is the theme of the 20th National Week of Study on Conjugal and Family Spirituality, ...

Four days of meetings, reflections, and conferences to trace “Roads of Happiness” in the man-woman alliance. This is the theme of the 20th National Week of Study on Conjugal and Family Spirituality, ...

Four days of meetings, reflections, and conferences to trace “Roads of Happiness” in the man-woman alliance. This is the theme of the 20th National Week of Study on Conjugal and Family Spirituality, ...

Four days of meetings, reflections, and conferences to trace “Roads of Happiness” in the man-woman alliance. This is the theme of the 20th National Week of Study on Conjugal and Family Spirituality, ...

Four days of meetings, reflections, and conferences to trace “Roads of Happiness” in the man-woman alliance. This is the theme of the 20th National Week of Study on Conjugal and Family Spirituality, ...

Four days of meetings, reflections, and conferences to trace “Roads of Happiness” in the man-woman alliance. This is the theme of the 20th National Week of Study on Conjugal and Family Spirituality, ...

Four days of meetings, reflections, and conferences to trace “Roads of Happiness” in the man-woman alliance. This is the theme of the 20th National Week of Study on Conjugal and Family Spirituality, ...

Four days of meetings, reflections, and conferences to trace “Roads of Happiness” in the man-woman alliance. This is the theme of the 20th National Week of Study on Conjugal and Family Spirituality, ...

Four days of meetings, reflections, and conferences to trace “Roads of Happiness” in the man-woman alliance. This is the theme of the 20th National Week of Study on Conjugal and Family Spirituality, ...

Four days of meetings, reflections, and conferences to trace “Roads of Happiness” in the man-woman alliance. This is the theme of the 20th National Week of Study on Conjugal and Family Spirituality, ...

Four days of meetings, reflections, and conferences to trace “Roads of Happiness” in the man-woman alliance. This is the theme of the 20th National Week of Study on Conjugal and Family Spirituality, ...

Four days of meetings, reflections, and conferences to trace “Roads of Happiness” in the man-woman alliance. This is the theme of the 20th National Week of Study on Conjugal and Family Spirituality, ...

Four days of meetings, reflections, and conferences to trace “Roads of Happiness” in the man-woman alliance. This is the theme of the 20th National Week of Study on Conjugal and Family Spirituality, ...

09/02/2019
Magisterium

An International Conference will be held on 9th and 10th February in Kigali, Rwanda to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae. This initiative has been organized by the ...

01/02/2019
Family and life
In March: the III Binational Pro-family Pro-Life Congress in Mexico and the United States

The Binational Pro-family and Pro-Life Congress organised in Mexico and the United States, a well proven experience already held on two other occasions, is now approaching its third edition. Organised ...

15/06/2019
Ad limina visit

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

28/05/2019
Adoption
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 ...

24/04/2019
#Yestolife

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

29/07/2019
SECAM Jubilee

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

01/11/2018
Pope Francis
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 ...

30/01/2019
Pope Francis
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 ...

17/05/2019
Rome 2021

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

23/10/2018
Local Churches

“Shattered Ties” is the title of the series of encounters proposed by the Family Pastoral Office of the Diocese of Padua  and addressed to people living in circumstances of separation, divorce or ...

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

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

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

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

27/10/2018
#Synod2018

We have chosen some ‘pearls’ on the three parts of the Instrumentum laboris from the “small groups” which show the unique connection between the family pastoral mission and that of young people. Above ...

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

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

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

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

29/05/2019
Ad Limina Visit

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

15/01/2019
Engaged and Married Couples
The Friars Minor of Umbria and the “Great Mystery” Project: a meeting of pastoral care operators for engaged couples and a course in Nuptial Theology

Two events for a whole week in the home of Saint Francis. First, the 6th meeting for the critical review of marriage preparation courses for couples involving the “Great Mystery” project and the ...

13/11/2018
Family Pastoral Care
Undersecretary Ghisoni at the Meeting of the Episcopal Conference of Italy in Assisi: “Announcing the Gospel spurred by our experience of joy”

At the invitation of the National Director, Don Paolo Gentili, the Dicastery Undersecretary, Linda Ghisoni attended the Meeting in Assisi which the National Office for Family Pastoral Care of the ...

At the invitation of the National Director, Don Paolo Gentili, the Dicastery Undersecretary, Linda Ghisoni attended the Meeting in Assisi which the National Office for Family Pastoral Care of the ...

27/02/2019
Conference on life
“Yes to Life!” is the title of the forthcoming international conference organized by the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life from the 23rd to 25th May, in cooperation with the Italian Foundation "Il Cuore in una Goccia"

“Perinatal medicine today offers extraordinary opportunities for assistance in nascent life, but at the same time poses important questions on the concrete accompaniment of couples and families who ...

02/07/2020
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 ...

19/06/2020
Laudato si’
The role of families and young people in the application of the Encyclical promoting an integral ecology

Family, life, and young people are some of the main themes in a document titled: “Journeying towards care of our common home—five years after Laudato Si’,” presented in the Sala Stampa and discussed ...

18/05/2020
St. John Paul II
On the centenary of his birth, Undersecretary Gambino highlights the relevance of Pope Wojtyła’s message on family and life

“The Magisterium of St. John Paul II—with his letter to children, his letter to women, his unforgettable catechesis on human love and marriage, and on the indispensable role of fathers and mothers—was ...

07/07/2020
Family

Reviewing the methodologies and content of programs for the premarital formation of young people, accompaniment within marriage, making spouses the protagonists in the pastoral care of families, ...

13/07/2020
Family
Fr. Awi Mello’s address to the Shalom Community’s conference on the family

Fr. Alexandre Awi Mello, Secretary of the Dicastery, participated in the Catholic Shalom Community’s conference which, due to the international health crisis, was held online from 28 – 29 June. In his ...