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St. Macartan's Cathedral in Monaghan, County Monaghan, Ireland.

Irish diocese to rely on laity to preside over funerals amid shortage of priests

Dec 19, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

A major vocation crisis could result in fewer than 10 active priests in the diocese in less than 20 years,... 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

Pope Francis at his general audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican Oct. 14, 2020.

Pope Francis urges laity to ‘take a step forward’ in evangelization

Oct 14, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis called for the laity to “take a step forward” in carrying out the Church’s mission of evangelization in... Read more

University of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame conference to focus on call to lay leadership

Nov 22, 2019

A professor at the University of Notre Dame has offered his reflections on lay leadership in the Church, in preparation... Read more

World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, July 2016.

Real reform in the Church requires a faithful laity, priest says 

Aug 21, 2019

For the Catholic Church to be renewed, the entire body of Christ - especially the laity - must strive to... Read more

Pope Francis during his May 10, 2017 Wednesday general audience.

In May prayer video, Pope asks laity to live creatively their mission

May 3, 2018

By Elise Harris

In his prayer video for the month of May, Pope Francis said laypeople are on the “front lines” of the... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Laywomen among new CDF appointees

Apr 21, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Saturday Pope Francis named five new consultors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, including three female... Read more

World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, July 2016.

Vatican conference highlights role of laity in addressing modern challenges

Dec 11, 2017

By Elise Harris

Leading lay experts and top Vatican officials have joined forces this week to talk about how they can collaborate in... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the bishops of Bangladesh Dec. 1, 2017.

Pope tells Bangladesh bishops to make laity a priority, especially youth

Dec 1, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Friday Pope Francis met with the bishops of Bangladesh, urging them to be close to the laity, especially young... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Oct. 1, 2014 general audience.

Pope names two laywomen to key positions in Vatican's family office

Nov 7, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Tuesday the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ appointment of two lay women – experts in bioethics and canon law –... Read more

Want Ghana to be transformed? Proclaim your faith, says local bishop

Oct 5, 2017

Catholics in Ghana should openly profess their faith in God if they want to improve their country, said Bishop Emmanuel... Read more

Pope Francis is interviewed by Noel Díaz of El Sembrador Nueva Evangelización.

Pope Francis to the laity: Go out and evangelize, or buy mothballs

Jan 29, 2017

By Elise Harris

When asked in a new interview what specific mission he has for the laity, Pope Francis responded with a frequent... Read more

Pope Francis walking out of the Paul VI Hall during the Synod on the Family, Oct. 9, 2015.

Pope approves new Vatican department for the Laity, Family, and Life

Jun 4, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis has approved the institution of a new Vatican department dedicated to the family, the laity, and life.  Read more