• Appointed Prefect of the New Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life

    Best wishes and heartfelt prayers to our newly appointed Prefect, His Excellency Msgr. Kevin Farrell as he prepares to start his service to the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life. *** On August 15, 2016 the Holy Father has named  His Excellency Msgr. Kevin Farrell, Bishop of Dallas, Prefect of the newly established Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life. Monsignor Farrell was born in Dublin (Ireland) on September 2, 1947. After completing High school, he studied in Spain at the University of Salamanca, and in Italy at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He also attended... Read more
  • “Jesus, source of mercy”

    Today is completely dedicated to the WYD Vigil, a long encounter with the youth at Campus Misericordiae; however, it is also the day of Lagieniwcki, saint Faustina Kowalska site. The Pope walked through the Mercy Door at the new shrine of Divine Mercy, and he celebrated the sacrament of reconciliation with eight young people speaking in Italian, French and Spanish. Before entering the shrine the pope greeted the thousands of youth who had been waiting for hours his arrival since the early morning. Later the pope arrived at the John Paul II Center where he celebrated mass with the clergy,... Read more
  • Bring to all the flame of your faith

    Awaiting the arrival of pope Francis, young people from all over the world opened officially the XXXIst World Youth Day on Tuesday, 26 July 201. They have arrived in Cracow a few days before and during the morning they had time for national meetings, visits to the city’s center and the splendid exhibition “Mary Mater Misericordiae” located at the Cracow National Museum. On the 26th everybody heard the horrifying news happened in a church of Rouen( France), all were shocked and prayed. Msgr Lebrun, archbishop of the French city, present at Cracow left immediately in order to be close to the... Read more
  • “Launch ourselves in the adventure of Mercy”

    The second day of Pope Francis trip top Poland started with an “unscheduled event”.  Early in the morning , before leaving for Czestochowa, the pope went to visit Cardinal Franciszek Macharski who is very ill; he was successor of Woytila in Cracow, and he is loved deeply by the polish people. The trip continued toward the Holy Shrine of Czestochowa, where the Holy Father stayed silently in front of the image of the Black Madonna for a long time.  Then he concelebrated Mass with all the 130 Polish bishops and numerous priests; Polish civil authorities were also present and some... Read more
  • "Integral Ecology & Laudato Si. Youth as protagonist for change"

    XXXI WORLD YOUTH DAY Krakow 2016   “INTEGRAL ECOLOGY & LAUDATO SI’ Youth as protagonists for change”   JAGIELLONIAN UNIVERSITY- 25 JULY 2016   The conference will be held in Krakow (Poland) in the lecture hall of Jagiellonian University on 25 of July 2016 starting at 9:00, at the opening of the 31st World Youth Day. It was proposed as a result of the conference “Guardians of Creation” organized during WYD 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. The promoters and organizers are:             -The John Paul II Foundation for youth/... Read more
  • A Dicastery for the laity: between history and future

    A Dicastery for the laity: between history and future 28th Plenary Assembly Rome, 16-18 June 2016 Press Release From 16 to 18 of June 2016, the Pontifical Council for the Laity will hold its twenty-eighth Plenary Assembly with the theme, ‘A Dicastery for the laity: between history and future,’ at the International Pontifical College Maria Mater Ecclesiae in Rome. A few days ago on June 4, the Holy Father Francis, following up on his announcement from the Synod of Bishops in October 2015, approved ‘ad experimentum,’ the Statute of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, according to which... Read more
  • Recognition of the association Jesus Youth

    On May 20th Bishop Josef Clemens, Secretary of th Pontifical Council for the Laity presented to Jesus Youth a Decree of Recognition as an international association of the faithful. The same decree gave approval to its statutes. Jesus Youth has its beginnings in Kerala, in the late 1970’s, with the formation of youth groups among young people active in Catholic Charismatic Renewal. In 1985, during the International Year of Youth, these groups came together under the name Jesus Youth, and over the ensuing years the association spread across India. Following on from the canonical recognition... Read more
  • The Church & Sport section in the United States

    From March 30 to April 2, the head of the Church and Sport section participated as invited key lecturer in the first International Director of Sports Ministry Conference organized by SportsLeader, an association that promotes virtue-based mentoring and motivation programs for coaches in the United States. The conference was addressed to the persons in charge of sports ministry in the dioceses, schools and Catholic sport associations, and had the presence Msgr. Kurtz, of  the Archbishop of Louisville and president of the USCCB, Mons. Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield and Msgr. Schnurr,... Read more
  • Play Like a Champion Today National Conference

    Every June, coaches and administrators from sports organizations across the United States and around the world go to the Play Like a ChampionToday National Sports Leadership Conference held at the University of Notre Dame, a premier Catholic research institution, also well-known for its historic football team as well as overall excellence in all athletics. The 2016 LeadershipConference "Coaching Tomorrow's Leaders Today" will be held June 24-25, 2016 at the University of Notre Dame.  A pre-conference Retreat on Sport and Spirituality will be held on Thursday, June... Read more
  • Magdala celebrates International Women´s Day

    Magdala, Israel, March 10th 2016. - The 2nd annual Women´s symposium titled Women of Influence, Hope for Humanity, was held in the context of the International Women´s Day. It was organized by Magdalena Institute at Magdala, a first century historical and cultural site on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in the Holy Land. Six influential women from different nationalities came together and shared their inspiring stories, encouraging other women in the Mideast and beyond to overcome personal or cultural challenges and become the face of love the world needs. Thousands of women and families... Read more
  • Limerick Diocesan Sport Conference

    During this year Limerick, a small diocese in the Southwest of Ireland, close to Dublin, is celebrating a Diocesan Synod. Limerick is a city and county in love with and passionately interested in Sport. Thus, on the 24th of February two special keynote speakers took part during the one-day conference titled ‘Building Community – Lessons from the World of Sport’ for sporting organizations included in the Synod. Mickey Harte & Gerard Hartmann, both from Limerick, talked about how to build community through sport and the value of fellowship in sports and faith. Mickey Harte, is the... Read more
  • Victory in sport within the family

    Family is the core of success in sport.  Commonly in the workplace the words “family” are engrained. My husband Jack and I have worked in the National Football league for 31 years and are parents to four now grown adult elite athletic children. Through our 30 years of marriage we have found sport and family are successful through maintaining balance between work ethic, success, quality not quantity of family time, and a commitment to live a life that is significant.  Passion, and an undeniable call to inspire and rise to one’s full... Read more
  • “God Entrusts the Human Being to the Woman”

    The twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of John Paul II’s apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem is a wonderful opportunity to give new impetus to reflection on the issue of women in today’s world. The importance of the document is perhaps even more apparent today than twenty-five years ago. That is why the Pontifical Council for the Laity convened the Seminar in October 2013 on the theme “God entrusts human beings to women”, taken from paragraph 30 of Mulieris Dignitatem. Now the volume containing the papers given during the seminar, previously only available in Italian, has been... Read more
  • Conference on Sport Ministry in the US

    From the 30th March until the 1st of April 2016, the city of Cincinnati will hold the first International SportsLeader Director of Sports Ministry Conference. SportsLeader is a virtue-based mentoring and motivation program for coaches which operates in the United States. It is for schools and teams, whether public or private, who are interested in a structured, intentional and specific method and curriculum to help teach virtue. It is flexible, easy to implement and is designed for the coach to integrate into their practice schedule. Within the Catholic Church and our Catholic schools,... Read more
  • Press release: Study Seminar Women and Work

    The International Study Seminar Women and Work will take place on December 4th and 5th 2015, in Rome, at Villa Aurelia (Via Leone XIII 459), organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Around one hundred people from all over the world will participate: men and women, all experts in disciplines associated to the theme being studied. Today it is necessary to recognise the important role women play both in public life, for building structures that are richer in humanity, and in family life, for the wellbeing of the family itself and the education of children. Starting from this premise,... Read more
  • New invitation to a “Theology of women”

    Complete text of the Catechesis of Pope Francis this past September 16th 2015, where he offered once more his insights for that “Theology of Women” that he has repeatedly invited the Church to develop.   Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! This is our concluding reflection on marriage and the family. We are at the threshold of two beautiful and challenging events, which are directly linked to this important theme: The World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and the Synod of Bishops here in Rome. Both are of world-wide significance, corresponding to the universal dimension of... Read more
  • Myriam Cortés Diéguez rector of Salamanca

    Source: Sept. 1, 2015 For the first time in its history, the new rector of the pontifical university of Salamanca is a woman: Myriam Cortés Diéguez, 51, a celebrated scholar and a professor of canon law, with a record of other important functions in the athenaeum.   Read more
  • PRESS RELEASE Message of Pope Francis for the 31st World Youth Day 2016

    PRESS RELEASE Message of Pope Francis for the 31st World Youth Day 2016 The Pope's message to young people in preparation for the 31st World Youth Day taking place in 2016 focuses on the theme: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7). This is the third message that Pope Francis has addressed young people. Like the first two, it is dedicated to the theme of the Beatitudes, and it is intended to accompany the youth of the world on the long and challenging spiritual journey to Krakow where in July next year World Youth Day will be held. WYD is a precious heritage left... Read more

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