Section for the lay faithful

  • Sports values are also needed outside the playing field
    At 9.00 this morning, in the Study of the Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father Francis received in audience the delegation from the National Football League (NFL), and addressed the following greeting to them: During the morning of Wednesday, June 21st, in the Study of the Paul VI Hall, pope Francis received in audience the delegation from the National Football League (NFL), a meeting promoted by the Knights of Columbus. The Holy Father addressed the delegation with the following greeting: Dear …
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  • Card. Farrell: “Our new Dicastery is the Home of the ecclesial movements”
    Meeting with the international leaders of the ecclesial movements and new communities During the meeting with the international leaders of ecclesial movements and new communities, held on 14 June, at the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, Card. Farrell chose to present to the leaders the organization of the new Dicastery, founded nearly one year ago, reassuring them that: “the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life is, so to speak, your ‘home’ within the Holy See, your main point of …
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  • A Minute for Peace on 8 June at 1:00 p.m.
    The International Forum Catholic Action proposes the initiative “A Minute for Peace,” to be held on Thursday, 8 June, at 1:00 p.m. on the occasion of the third anniversary of the prayer meeting with Israeli President Peres and Palestinian President Abu Mazen, wanted by Pope Francis in the Vatican to invoke the gift of peace (8 June 2014). The International Forum Catholic Action, the World Union of Catholic Women, the Italian Catholic Action, the Argentine Catholic Action, and the …
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  • For many years we have been living in full co-responsibility with the laity
    The Ad Limina Visit of Panama’s Bishops at the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life was characterized by an atmosphere of great familiarity. The meeting comes at the time when the Dicastery and the Bishops’ Conference of this country of the Isthmus are collaborating very intensely to prepare the 2019 World Youth Day. Card. Farrell went to Panama a few weeks ago, and the Encounter “From Krakow to Panama” in preparation for the 2019 event was held in Rome. Msgr. Ulloa, Archbishop of Panama, …
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  • In an interview with the “Amici del Pellegrinaggio” Card. Farrell explains the significance of the March of Loreto
    The March from Macerata to Loreto is “a collective and stimulating gesture that can be a visual representation of this underlying challenge” launched by Pope Francis to “to leave the enclosure, to go to the geographical peripheries, and even more to the existential suburbs, to welcome and gather all those we meet on the road, to widen our spaces, not to close them.” Card. Kevin Joseph Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life—who will preside over the Eucharistic …
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  • Young People of “Jeunesse-Lumière” visit the Dicastery
    Fr. Daniel Ange, founder of the School of Evangelization “Jeunesse-Lumière” and some fifty young people from different countries visited the Dicastery on Monday morning, June 5th. The young people, currently in the school’s centers in France, Poland and Italy (where they have taken the name “Sentinelle del Mattino di Pasqua”) for a year-long formation, met with João Chagas and Giovanna Guerrieri of the Youth Office, together with Santiago Pérez de Camino (Head of the Church and Sport Office) …
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  • For an ever “charismatic” Church
    The Holy Father presided the ecumenical prayer vigil on the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Cardinal Farrell pronounced the homily at the Mass of reconciliation Pope Francis thanked the participants at the Circus Maximus for their testimony during the meeting on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, celebrated on the afternoon of Saturday, June 3rd, the eve of Pentecost. “It’s good for everyone, it’s good for me, for all,” he …
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  • The Holy Father has appointed Rev. Father Alexandre Awi Mello I. Sch., Secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life
    The Holy Father has appointed Rev. Father Alexandre Awi Mello I. Sch.,  Secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. Rev. Father Padre Alexandre Awi Mello, I. Sch. Rev. Father Alexandre Awi Mello, I. Sch., was born on January 17, 1971, in Rio de Janeiro. He was ordained a priest on 7 July 2001, as a member of the Secular Institute of the Schönstatt Fathers, and he has occupied the following positions: Parish Vicar of Nossa Senhora das Dores in Santa Maria, in the State of Rio Grande …
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  • I prayed before that wall because there was Jesus there
    Ad Limina Visit of the Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Albania “I prayed before that wall because Jesus was there.”—These are the words of an elderly Albanian man, quoted by Don Simon Kulli, Diocesan Administrator of Sapë, during the Ad Limina Visit of the Albanian Bishops as the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. After the end of the communist regime, this man revealed to his loved ones, who had come to consider him mad, that he had placed a cross in that wall in order to avoid …
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  • Be witnesses of loyalty, honesty, harmony and humanity
    On Tuesday, 16 May, at 10:30 am, Pope Francis received the Directors of the National League of Professionals Series A and the Managers and Footballers of the Juventus and Lazio Teams in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace. This audience took place towards the end of the Coppa Italia. Present at the encounter were the arbiters and a representation of the young sportsmen, who had taken part in the Junior Tim Cup (from 7 to 14) football tournament promoted by League A, Tim and the Centro …
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