The Dicastery promotes the pastoral ministry of marriage and the family based upon the Church's Magisterium, working to ensure that the rights and duties of spouses and the family are recognized in the Church itself, as well as in society, the economy and politics. In this regard, it organizes and supports international meetings and events. It also follows the activities of national and international Catholic institutes, associations, movements and organizations whose purpose is to serve the good of the family.

With the support of the Bishops' Conferences and the Eastern Churches, the Dicastery examines the variety of anthropological, social, cultural and economic conditions of family life.

Assisted by experts, the Dicastery studies and investigates the causes of crises in marriages and families, gathering and promoting models of pastoral accompaniment, formation of consciences and the integration for civilly remarried divorcees as well as for those who, in some cultures, live in situations of polygamy.

To achieve these goals, the Dicastery collaborates with the Pontifical Theological Institute “John Paul II” for Marriage and the Family Sciences.





Grandparents and Elderly
Card. Farrell: In this year dedicated to prayer, let us build the broader ‘we’ of ecclesial communion

  This morning, the theme chosen by the Holy Father for the next World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will be celebrated on 28 July 2024 in all the dioceses of the world, was ...

Family and Life
A digital brochure collecting pastoral tools for dioceses, parishes and ecclesial movements

          The website of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life has been enriched with a new page collecting all the tools for the pastoral care of Family and Life, ...

Christmas 2023
A meditation for the Christmas Season by the Prefect of the Dicastery, Card. Farrell

  Dear friends, A few days ago, the Holy Father extended an invitation to us when he said, “Let us value silence, sobriety and listening. May Mary, Virgin of silence, help us to love the desert ...