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.





Family Global Compact
The French version of the summary version of the project promoting family studies through the world's Catholic universities is online

  The French translation of the abridged version of the Family Global Compact is now available on the website of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. It is a shared program of actions for ...

Undersecretary Gambino's speech at the National Colombian Meeting on Family Pastoral Care

  “The Church supports the educational mission of the family” This was the theme of the National Meeting of Family Pastoral Care that took place in Colombia where, from Oct. 19 to 21, lay ...

The third #laityfamilylife podcast presents the "“Catechumenal Pathways for Married Life”

  We continue in the podcast series of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, talking about the preparation of engaged couples for marriage, and the suggestions offered by our Dicastery in ...