“Enlivening and encouraging the promotion of the vocation and mission of the lay faithful in the Church and in the world” (Praedicate Evangelium, Art. 129) is an important part of the everyday work carried out by the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. The lay faithful, as individuals, married or not, and as members belonging to associations, ecclesial movements, new communities, are the largest component of God's holy faithful people. The Holy Father's attention is directed to them through the work and pastoral care of this Dicastery, to encourage their participation and co-responsibility in the life and mission of the Church.

To this end, the Dicastery collaborates with the various lay ecclesial realities so that the lay faithful may share their faith experiences in social realities as well as their own secular expertise in the pastoral care and governance of the Church. Furthermore, it is the Dicastery's responsibility, in agreement with the other Dicasteries of the Roman Curia involved, to evaluate and approve the proposals of the Bishops' Conferences concerning the establishment of new ministries and ecclesiastical offices to be entrusted to the laity, according to the needs of the particular Churches. Through its work, the Dicastery expresses the Church's special solicitude for the youth; it accompanies the life and development of aggregations of the faithful and ecclesial movements; it deals with any hierarchical appeals relating to the associative life and the apostolate of the laity; and it strives to deepen reflection on the relationship between men and women in their respective specificity, reciprocity, complementarity and equal dignity.





Movements and Associations
The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life invites to join the initiative on 8 June

    “At 1 pm we are invited to dedicate a minute for peace – in prayer, for believers; in reflection, for non-believers – everyone together for a more fraternal world.” With these words, ...

The Pope Video
Vatican News in dialogue with Dr Linda Ghisoni on the Holy Father's prayer intention for the month of April

  On Friday 12 April, Dr Linda Ghisoni, Under-secretary of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, participated in the programme Estudio 9 of Vatican News alongside Andrea Sarubbi, ...

Witnesses of the Faith
Card. Farrell: let us turn to the Martyrs to ask for the gift of peace we so desperately need

  A solemn Prayer vigil in remembrance of those who have given their lives for the Kingdom of God in recent years was held on Tuesday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Basilica of St. ...