Associations and Movements


The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life supports the life and development of international associations of the faithful, ecclesial movements and new communities. This pastoral task shapes the Church's desire to help aggregations of the faithful fully realize their own objectives, which are always oriented toward the good of the person, the Church and society. To this end, the Dicastery organizes an annual Meeting of Moderators of Lay Associations, Ecclesial Movements and New Communities and other pastoral initiatives.

At the same time, the Dicastery recognizes or constitutes, in accordance with the provisions of Canon Law, aggregations of the faithful and ecclesial movements that have an international character by approving their Statutes; it also deals with any hierarchical appeals relating to the associative life and the apostolate of the laity.

The Dicastery has embraced this great responsibility of accompanying the associations and movements entrusted to it and does so with great care, in an attitude of listening and discernment.







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, ...

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 ...

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 ...



Magisterium of Pope Francis on Associations and Movements

Francis, Speech to the members of the Ialian Catholic Action National Council, 30 April 2021. (IT)

Francis, Address to Participants in the General Assembly of the Focolare Movement, 6 February 2021

Francis, Address to Members of the Parish Evangelisation Cell System, 18 November 2019.

Francis, Visit to the Sky Citadel of the "New Horizons Community" of Frosinone, 24 September 2019. (IT)

Francis, Address to Participants in the International Conference of Leaders of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal International Service (CHARIS), 8 June 2019.

Francis, Address at the Meeting with Members of the Focolare Moement in Loppiano, 10 May 2018.

Francis, Meeting of the Neocatechumenal Way on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversity of the Momvement, 5 May 2018.

Francis, Meetting with the St Egidio Community on the Occassion of the 50th Anniversy of the Movement, 11 March 2018.

Francis, Address to Participants in the Congress of the International Forum of Catholic Action (IFCA), 27 April 2017.

Francis, Address to the Communion and Liberation Movement, 7 March 2015.

Francis Address to Participants in the III World Congress of Ecclessial Movements and New Communities, 22 November 2014.

Francis, Address to Members of the "Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships", 31 October 2014.

Francis, Dialogue with the Apostolic Movement of Schonstatt on the Occassion of the Centenary of its Foundation, 25 October 2014 (working transcript).

Francis, Address to Participants in the 37th National Convocation of the Renewal in the Holy Spirit, 1st June 2014.

Francis, Address to Representatives of the Neocatechumenal Way, 1st February 2014.

Francis, Homily of Holy Mass on the Solemnity of Pentecost, 19 May 2013.

Francis, Regina Cæli, 19 May 2013.