Associations and Movements Section


In the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus (art. 134) concerning the role of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, we read: “Within the parameters of its own competence, the Council performs all activities regarding lay associations of the Christian faithful; it erects associations of an... Read more

Associations of the Faithful. Directory


The burgeoning of associations of the laity, which are such a typical feature of the contemporary Church...

Procedures required for the recognition of international associations of the lay faithful

Among the Dicastery’s tasks is the recognition or erection of international associations of the... 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... Read more
  • Cardinal Ryłko to the Third Worldwide Priests’ Retreat of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal

    On the 10th of June in the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, His Eminence Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, presided the Eucharistic celebration opening the Third Worldwide Priests’ Retreat organized by the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal... Read more
  • Pasquale Foresi passed away

    In the night of Sunday, June 14th 2015, Fr. Pasquale Foresi passed away. He was 86 years old. Father Foresi was the first priest member the Focolare Movement (the Work of Mary), and also it’s first Co-President, working with Chiara Lubich. Father Foresi was born into a Christian family on July 5th... Read more
  • Granting of Pontifical Decree to CICIAMS

    On March 6th 2015 the Pontifical Council for the Laity granted to CICIAMS a decree confirming its recognition as an international association of the faithful and approving its statutes. The International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants (CICIAMS) has its origins in a... Read more
  • Opening of the cause of beatification for Chiara Lubich

    On January 27, 2015, His Excellency Msgr. Raffaello Martinelli, bishop of Frascati, opened the process of beatification for Chiara Lubich, foundress of the Opus Mariae (Work of Mary) - Focolare Movement. In the diocese of Frascati Chiara spent most of her life and died on March 14, 2008.... Read more

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Card. Stanisław Ryłko - Opening speech, during an encounter of representatives from the ecclesial movements and new communities on the theme of evangelization held in the offices of the same dicastery on 25 June, 2011
Card. Stanisław Ryłko


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