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,...

Lighting Hearts on Fire – “The Joy of Love & Family Conference Series” online

Lighting Hearts on Fire is a campaign of spiritual renewal within the Diocese of Metuchen that seeks to bring about a renewed zeal for evangelization among the faithful. The Diocese of Paterson, in collaboration with the other four Roman Catholic Dioceses in New Jersey, presents “The Joy of Love & Family,” a conference series in celebration of the Year of the Family as declared by Pope Francis. This series of free talks will premiere over six months, covering topics for every stage of family life. One of the June talks is presented by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC. Watch his video on “Protecting the Family Through the Rosary and Devotion to St. Joseph.” New to family prayer or looking to add another form of prayer to use with your family? Visio divina, “divine seeing,” is a form of prayer through art. Join us for a Zoom call with the founder of Behold, a prayer with art companion, to learn how to use this digital guide to introduce prayer to your kids in an engaging way! The Zoom Call will be held on July 6 time 8-9pm.  Please register to receive the secure Zoom Link.  I want to join! The Full Conference...

Amoris laetitia: Family brings light in the world – Vatican News

Amoris laetitia: Family brings light in the world In 10 episodes, one each month, we bring you a video with the Pope’s reflections and first-hand testimonies of families from across the world on the theme of the family. The initiative is a joint collaboration between the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, and Vatican News, and aims to ‘re-read’ the Apostolic Exhortation, with the aid of downloadable material prepared for personal and community reflection. Because, as Pope Francis reminds us: being a family is always “primarily an opportunity”. Amoris laetitia (58-88) LOOKING TO JESUS: THE VOCATION OF THE FAMILY 58. In and among families, the Gospel message should always resound; the core of that message, the kerygma, is what is “most beautiful, most excellent, most appealing and at the same time most necessary”.50 This message “has to occupy the centre of all evangelizing activity”. It is the first and most important proclamation, “which we must hear again and again in different ways, and which we must always announce in one form or another”. Indeed, “nothing is more solid, profound, secure, meaningful and wise than that message”. In effect, “all Christian formation consists of entering more deeply into the...