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Pope Francis spoke to participants in a Feb. 16-18, 2023, conference on how pastors and laypeople can work together better

Pope Francis: Laypeople are not guests in the Church

Feb 18, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“The laity, and especially women, need to be more valued in their human and spiritual skills and gifts for the... Read more

Quebec Cardinal Gérald Lacroix speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 7, 2021.

Quebec cardinal: ‘We’re not managers, we’re not the boss’ of laypeople

Feb 14, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Catholic cardinal of Quebec said Tuesday that pastors are to be shepherds who help their people grow in a... Read more

An advertisement from the new documentary on Catholic lay leadership, "The Hour of the Laity," created by Tepeyac Leadership, Inc.

New documentary calls on lay Catholics to become civic leaders

Oct 8, 2022

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

“The Hour of the Laity” focuses on the duty of lay Catholics to use their time, talents, and resources to... Read more

A consistory for the creation of new cardinals in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 5, 2019.

Pope Francis calls first extraordinary consistory since 2015 — so what will the cardinals talk about?

Aug 24, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Since 2015, Pope Francis has not called an extraordinary consistory like the one to be held on August 29-30.  Read more

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

Vatican symposium to explore relationship between priests and laity

Feb 9, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, has organized the meeting. Read more

The order of Irish Catholics you probably haven't heard of

Dec 20, 2017

By Mary Farrow

They’re Irish, they’re Catholic, and they’re proud. But you maybe haven’t heard of them.  Read more

Alan Sears speaks at the Catholics in the Public Square Conference in Phoenix, AZ on Sept. 6, 2014.

Amid mounting religious freedom threats, role of laity highlighted

Sep 10, 2014

As domestic religious freedom threats reach unprecedented levels, the lay faithful must play an active role in promoting and defending... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the Korean Bishops' Conference in Seoul, South Korea on August 14, 2014.

Pope: Crisis in family calls on Church for better outreach

Aug 16, 2014

Pope Francis told South Korea's lay leaders during his visit to the country that the modern breakdown of families should... Read more

Ana Christina Villa works on the webpage containing Bl. John XXIII's writings on women

Vatican to launch webpage detailing work of Popes on women

Apr 16, 2014

By Elise Harris

Leading up to the canonizations of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII, the Pontifical Council for the Laity will... Read more

Members of the Marian Community of Reconciliation, known as "Fraternas," at the recent Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, CA.

Fraternas: Living and serving with 'the total security of God'

Apr 1, 2014

At age 19, Maria Teresa Alva was already involved with the Christian Life Movement in her native Peru, when she... Read more

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia. File Photo/CNA.

Archbishop Chaput among those appointed to Vatican laity council

Feb 7, 2014

Pope Francis appointed members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity Feb. 6, including one American – Archbishop Charles J.... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Dec. 4.

Pope says early Christians a model for 'digital age' Church

Dec 7, 2013

Today Pope Francis met with members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity who had gathered to discuss the theme,... Read more


Laity Sunday in Mumbai encourages formation in faith

Jun 24, 2013

A June 23 seminar in Mumbai, India, sought to help Catholics, including families and young people, commit to living a... Read more

A screenshot of the Pontifical Council for Laity's website.

Pontifical website aims to help lay Catholics worldwide

Aug 29, 2012

The Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Laity is positioning its website as a resource for lay men and women ahead of Pope Benedict's... Read more

Catholic Voices equips laity to speak up in public debate

Jun 28, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Amid misrepresentations in the media and public square, a newly-formed U.S. lay Catholic group is working to communicate the Church's... Read more