Directory of International Associations of the Faithful

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The Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, published by the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, lists the international associations of the faithful in the Catholic Church that have been granted official recognition.[1] It gives the official name, acronym, date of establishment, history, identity, organization, membership, works, publications, and website of the communities and movements.[2]

Recognition of similar national associations as Catholic is granted by the country's Episcopal Conference, and it is for the local bishop to grant recognition to local associations.[3]

The following is a list of the international associations that have received recognition, according to the Vatican website, which provides linked descriptions of each organization:[2]

Although not yet included in the latest available edition of the Directory, the Neocatechumenal Way received its definitive approval from the Pontifical Council for the Laity on 11 May 2008.[5]


  1. ^ "The Directory is a response to the invitation extended by John Paul II to the Pontifical Council for the Laity in Christifideles Laici to draw up a list of associations which have received the "official recognition and explicit approval" of the Holy See."( Cf. JOHN PAUL II, Postsynodal Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles Laici, no 31)"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-04-04. Retrieved 2011-07-21. 
  2. ^ a b Directory of International Associations of the Faithful Archived April 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Code of Canon Law, canon 312 and canon 322
  4. ^ Pontifical Council for the Laity: Fimcap
  5. ^ Pontifical Council for the Laity Newsletter no. 16/2008

External links

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