Pope establishes new dicastery for laity, family, life

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October 24, 2015

Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 9. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE Sept. 9, 2015.

Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis announced he is establishing a new office for laity, family and life, which combines the responsibilities of two pontifical councils.

The pope made the announcement Oct. 22 during the afternoon session of the Synod of Bishops on the family.

“I have decided to establish a new dicastery with competency for laity, family and life, that will replace the Pontifical Council for the Laity and the Pontifical Council for the Family. The Pontifical Academy for Life will be joined to the new dicastery,” the pope said.

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