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.





Under-secretary Gambino's video message to the National Pastoral Meeting with the guatemalteche families

  “The pastoral care of life is called to give value to the dignity of every person in every situation and age, as well as to accompany it to fullness”. With these words Professor Gabriella ...

Statement by Cardinal Kevin Farrell on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25, 2023)

  On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, Card. Kevin Farrell, emphasized the importance ...

Family Global Compact
More than 130 REDIUF academic members have begun working on family-related challenges

  On November 14, an online meeting organized by REDIUF - International Network of University Institutes for the Family - was held. It brought together more than 130 professors and directors of ...