A Vatican office rallies the strength of the laity – Vatican News

The Holy See’s Dicasteries recounted from the inside: history, goals and mission – a look at how the offices work that support the Pope’s ministry. The prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell, describes the work of his office in this interview. By Alessandro De Carolis Five years in existence and three areas of competence as big as the world can be summarized in a single word: laity. Pope Francis created this new structure of the Holy See in response to his wish to bring together men and women of every background, culture and part of the world. The Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life is the privileged place and observatory to discern and promote all that can give prominence to the lay vocation in the Church and the world. The Dicastery is made up mostly of lay employees, with a budget of two million euros for 2021. According to Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell who heads this office, the Dicastery has at heart the wellbeing of the family and all its components, not only spouses, but also children, young people, grandparents, and people with disabilities. The aim is to promote reflection in anthropological, moral,...

The sharing of goods and the social function of private property – Vatican News

The sharing of goods and the social function of private property In his homily on Sunday, 11 April, Pope Francis commented on the custom of the early Christians of sharing everything. We take a look at developments of the social Magisterium of the past century, which harken back to the great Fathers of the Church. By Andrea Tornielli The Acts of the Apostles tells us that “no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.” This “is not communism; it is Christianity in its pure state.” With these words, Pope Francis, in the Mass celebrated on Divine Mercy Sunday, commented on the sharing of goods realized in the first Christian community. Often, and even very recently, the current Bishop of Rome has been criticized for questioning the untouchability of the right to private property, and his words have been linked to Marxism and communism. Last November 30, in a Message on the occasion of the opening of work of the International Conference of member judges of the Committee for Social Rights of Africa and America, Pope Francis said, “We build social justice on the basis of the fact that the...

Today’s Couples Can Look to Joseph & Mary

Last month, we celebrated a gem of a feast, although one that is lesser known; the “Feast of the Espousal of Mary and Joseph”, also referred to as the “Feast of the Holy Spouses.” A feast in honor of the Espousal of Mary and Joseph was first celebrated on August 29, 1517, when Pope Leo […] Source: Today’s Couples Can Look to Joseph &...

Are You Awake or Are You Sleepwalking? | Dynamic Catholic.

God wants us to live life consciously. He wants us to notice people around us who are suffering and need encouragement. He is calling us to change the world one moment at a time, but we have to stop sleepwalking through life in order to do that. Source: Are You Awake or Are You Sleepwalking? | Dynamic...