Pope Francis has announced the creation of a new Vatican department for laity, family and life, reports The Catholic Herald.
He made the announcement at last night’s session of the Synod on the Family in Rome.
The idea of the new dicastery was proposed to the Pope by the Council of Cardinals, his body of cardinal-advisers.
It is currently unclear if the new department will be called a council or a congregation. It is also not known who will lead it.
The statutes of the new body are expected to be released in December.
According to a Vatican statement, Francis told the Synod: “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.
“To this end, I have constituted a special commission that will prepare a text delineating canonically the competencies of the new dicastery. The text will be presented for discussion to the Council of Cardinals at their next meeting in December.”
Pope creates new Vatican department for laity, family and life (The Catholic Herald)
Synod: Pope announces establishment of Congregation for the laity (Vatican Insider)