New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

The Brazilian priest Alexandre Awi Mello, the National Director of Brazil’s Schönstatt Movement, will serve as the new secretary for the the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. He was born Rio de Janeiro in 1971, and was ordained a priest in 2001.

Since 2002, he has been a professor of Pastoral Theology in several Brazilian universities. In 2007, he collaborated in the Aparecida Conference. He also directs the magazine “Tabor,” and has published several articles in magazines specialized in catechetical and pastoral works.

He studied Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Santiago de Chile and later moved to Germany to continue his studies. He holds a PhD in Mariology from the University of Dayton in the United States.

The Vatican announced the creation of the new Dicastery for Laity Family and Life in June 2016 and began operations on September 1 of the same year.

This new department absorbed the Pontifical Council for the Laity and the Pontifical Council for the Family, which ceased to function as of that date.

“The discourse is competent in those matters which belong to the Apostolic See for the promotion of life and the apostolate of the lay faithful for the pastoral care of the family and its mission, according to the design of God and for the tutelage and the help of human life, “the Vatican reported on that occasion.

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