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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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