Twenty years since "Christifideles laici"

History and development, new challenges and tasks

23rd Plenary Assembly, Rome, 13-15 November 2008


Twenty years since "Christifideles laici"

Twenty years have passed since the publication of the apostolic exhortation Christifideles laici by the Servant of God John Paul II. It was the fruit of the Synod of Bishops held in 1987 on the “vocation and mission of the lay faithful in the Church and in the world”. The publication date was 30 December 1988. The document is a true magna charta for the Catholic laity of our times. It was written in order to “stir and promote a deeper awareness among all the faithful of the gift and responsibility they share, both as a group and as individuals, in the communion and mission of the Church”... Read more

Words of the Holy Father to participants

 Your Eminences, Venerable Brothers in the Episcopate and in the Priesthood, Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am pleased to meet all of you today, Members and Consultors of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, as you meet in Plenary Assembly. I greet Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko and Bishop Josef Clemens, President and Secretary of the Dicastery, and together with them the other Bishops present. I... Read more

Summary of the 23rd Plenary assembly

The members and consultors of the Pontifical Council for the Laity met from 13 to 15 November 2008 for the 23rd Plenary Assembly. A notable feature of the gathering was the number of recently nominated mem­bers and consultors who made up one third of the total and who were attending for the first... Read more

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