CNA Staff, Jan 26, 2024 / 10:40 am
Pope Francis recently nominated two U.S.-based Catholic advocates of marriage and family life to a key Vatican dicastery, an honor that left the recipients both “stunned” and “excited.”
The Holy Father named Ryan and Mary Rose Verret as consultants to the Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life, according to a press release from the Verrets’ marriage ministry Witness to Love.
The Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life says on its website that it “promotes the pastoral care of marriage and the family on the basis of the teachings of the Church’s magisterium” and “works to ensure the recognition of the rights and duties of spouses and of families in the Church, society, and in economic and political life.”
Louisiana-based Witness to Love touts itself as “an internationally used model of marriage preparation.” Mary Rose Verret told CNA last year that the ministry offers a “full-circle” approach to promoting strong marriages in order to counteract the tidal wave of collapsing marriage numbers in the U.S.