Directory of International Associations of the Faithful

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.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  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

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Associations of the faithful

Associations of the faithful are groups of Catholics, clerics or laity or both together, who according to the Code of Canon Law jointly foster a more perfect life or promote public worship or Christian teaching, or who devote themselves to other works of the apostolate. They are not necessarily established or even praised or recommended by the Church authorities.A 20th-century resurgence of interest in lay societies culminated in the Second Vatican Council, but lay ecclesial societies have long existed in forms such as sodalities (defined in the 1917 Code of Canon Law as associations of the faithful constituted as an organic body), confraternities (similarly defined as sodalities established for the promotion of public worship), medieval communes, and guilds.

Catholic lay organisations

This a list of organisations covering Catholic laity. It aims to list a ecclesial movements of unspecified standing. For international Catholic movements that have received official approval by the Catholic Church, see Directory of International Associations of the Faithful.

Communion and Liberation

Communion and Liberation (Italian: Comunione e Liberazione, often shortened to CL) is an Italian Catholic movement founded in 1954 by Fr. Luigi Giussani. Its aim is to present the Christian event in a way which is in tune with contemporary culture, making it a source of new values for the modern world.The name Communion and Liberation first appeared in 1969 and it synthesizes the conviction that the Christian event, lived in communion, is the foundation of man’s authentic liberation.Communion and Liberation is currently present in ninety countries in nearly every continent.

Couples for Christ

The Couples for Christ (abbreviated as CFC) is an international Catholic lay ecclesial movement whose goal is to renew and strengthen Christian values. It is one of 123 International Associations of the Faithful. The organization is affiliated with the Vatican recognition from the Pontifical Council for the Laity. It is led by an International Council, which operates in the Philippines under the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines and can report directly to the Vatican. The community is made up of family ministries, social arms, and a pro-life ministry.

Light-Life Movement

The Light-Life Movement (widely known as the Oasis Movement) is one of the movements of renewal in the Catholic Church, according to the teaching of the Second Vatican Council. This movement originated in Poland thanks to the efforts of Servant of God Fr. Franciszek Blachnicki.

The movement brings together people of different age and state: youth, children, adults, as well as priests, monks, nuns, members of secular institutes and families (in the family branch of the Movement called the Domestic Church). The Light-Life Movement is aimed at formation of mature Christians who want to serve the Church and their neighbours.


SIGNIS (official name: World Catholic Association for Communication) is a Roman Catholic lay ecclesial movement for professionals in the communication media, including press, radio, television, cinema, video, media education, internet and new technology. It is a non-profit organization with representation from over 100 countries. It was formed in November 2001 by the merger of International Catholic Organization for Cinema and Audiovisual (OCIC) and International Catholic Association for Radio and Television (Unda). At its World Congress in Quebec in 2017, SIGNIS welcomed also former member organisations of the International Catholic Union of the Press (UCIP).

The word SIGNIS (always in upper case) is a combination of the words SIGN and IGNIS (Latin for fire). It is not an acronym.The Holy See has officially recognized SIGNIS as an International Association of the Faithful, and has included the "World Catholic Association for Communication, also known as SIGNIS" in its Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, published by the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Before the dissolution of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, the governing body of SIGNIS included a representative of this pontifical council, another department of the Roman Curia. OCIC, Unda and SIGNIS had also members and consultors in the Pontifical Council of Social Communications. in June 2015 Pope Francis established a new dicastery of the Roman Curia with authority over all communications offices of the Holy See and the Vatican City State, including the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Holy See Press Office, Vatican Internet Service, Vatican Radio, Vatican Television Center, Osservatore Romano, Vatican Press (it), Photograph Service, and Vatican Publishing House. A representative of this new Secretariat for Communications is part of the governing body of SIGNIS.

SIGNIS has consultative status with UNESCO, the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, in Geneva and New York City and the Council of Europe.

Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement

The Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt (German Schönstatt-Bewegung) is a Roman Catholic Marian Movement founded in Germany in 1914 by Father Joseph Kentenich. Fr. Kentenich saw the movement as a means of spiritual renewal for the Catholic Church. The movement is named Schoenstatt (which means "beautiful place"), after a small village close to the town of Vallendar near Koblenz in Germany.

The group focuses on self-education and spiritual formation. According to its website, "We seek to grow as free, dedicated, and active witnesses of Christ in modern life by uniting our faith with our everyday lives. We look to Mary to educate us in this task and to guide us in becoming better followers of Christ."

Teams of Our Lady

Teams of Our Lady (French: Equipes Notre Dame, END) is a Roman Catholic lay organization recognized by the Holy See under the Pontifical Council for the Laity. It is a movement of "Married Spirituality" which brings together Christian couples united by the Sacrament of Marriage; and who wish, together, to deepen the graces of the Sacrament of Marriage. The movement is active in 75 countries.

Thierry de Roucy

Rev. Thierry de Roucy (born 1957, near Compiègne, France) is the Founder and Chairman of Heart's Home, a Catholic Movement which promotes a Culture of Compassion ".

In 2013, he was appointed as an Officer of the French order of the Légion d'Honneur.His work is inspired by the conviction that loneliness and the feeling of being unloved are the greatest poverties.

Thierry de Roucy was 18 when he entered the religious congregation of the Servants of Jesus and Mary in France. He received his bachelor and master of Philosophy from the Institute of Comparative Philosophy in Paris. He is an alumnus of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas Angelicum in Rome where he earned a Master of Theology. He was ordained a priest in 1983. From 1988 to 2001, he was the Superior General of his congregation.

In 1990, he founded Heart’s Home, a movement striving to bring consolation and compassion to the most wounded people and to restore their dignity through friendship and grassroots services. Since the movement was founded, about 1,400 volunteers of 41 nationalities have been recruited, formed and sent forth by Heart's Home as of March 2013. At the request of former Heart's Home volunteers, Rev. Thierry de Roucy founded three new branches of the organization: in 1994, the Servants of God's Presence, a congregation of religious sisters affiliated with Heart's Home; in 1995, the Heart's Home Permanent Members - for lay consecrated men and women - and the Sacerdotal Molokai Fraternity - for seminarians and priests.

Rev. Thierry de Roucy also founded a publishing house, "Les éditions du Serviteur", and published about 20 books including his own essays and translated works of Adrienne von Speyr, Hans Urs von Balthasar and Catherine Doherty (among others). Rev. Thierry de Roucy is invited all around the world to participate in conferences and to talk about Heart's Home. He has published several essays on spirituality and theology.In the United-States, Rev. Thierry de Roucy opened three centers: a Heart's Home in Brooklyn, NY provides assistance and support to isolated and challenged individuals from local Housing Projects, Nursing Homes, Hospitals and Shelters.; a Heart's Home on the campus of Gonzaga University, in Spokane, WA ; the International Center for a Culture of Compassion located upstate New York (United States).Today, Rev. Thierry de Roucy shares his time between the International Center for a Culture of Compassion. and his travels around the world to open new foundations and to visit the 41 Heart's Home houses and the 2 Heart's Home villages located in 23 countries as of March 2013.


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