The Youth Office of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life—once known as the Youth Section of the Pontifical Council for the Laity—was established in 1986 by John Paul II to give visibility and concreteness to the importance that the Pope and the whole Church attribute to the world of the young.

Within the universal Church, the Youth Office publicizes the Holy Father’s initiatives; it is at the service of the Episcopal Conferences in the field of youth ministry; it addresses youth movements, associations, and international communities, promoting collaboration and meetings between the various ecclesial realities; and it organizes conferences on youth ministry at international and continental levels.

The central element of its activity is the preparation of the international World Youth Days (WYD) that, every two or three years in different countries, gather hundreds of thousands of young people from around the world around the Pope. The WYD, established by John Paul II in 1985, also plans annual celebrations in local churches.

On behalf of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, the Youth Office finally supports the activities of the San Lorenzo International Youth Center, which is entrusted with the mission of welcoming and evangelizing young people who go to Rome to study or on pilgrimage.




Ten prayer and formation meetings promoted by the Shalom Community to prepare young people for the Synod and the World Youth Day in Panama

Ten prayer meetings, with moments of adoration and formation, will be held in Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, in preparation for the Synod of Bishops 2018 and the World Youth Day in ...

The members of the “San Calisto Platform” created in connection with the project “The Meeting Point” are elaborating a proposal of affective education that will be presented at the Dublin World Meeting of Families

Last November, the Dicastery created the San Calisto Platform, composed of the experts of “The Meeting Point,” a course of affective and sexual education inspired by Amoris Laetitia that was presented ...

From the Italian Bishops’ Conference, an interactive project to explore the ambitions, hopes, and fears of the young under 30

#Velodicoio, the new portal dedicated to listening to young people, is online. This is an interactive project conceived by the National Youth Pastoral Service of the Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI) ...