On October 6, 2018 the Vatican announced the new members of the dicastery (minister) for laity, the family and faith. Among the members, Pope Francis named Laurent Landete, former consultor of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and former international moderator of the Emmanuel Community.
The Dicastery promotes pastoral ministries and apostolates aimed at supporting families and the defense of human life. It has a strong attention to youth and young adult ministry and marriage. Further the dicastery has the direct responsibility for promoting a reflection on the role of youth and women in the church and for supporting marriage preparation programs and church outreach.
Along with priests, other lay people appointed as members at the same time as Dr Landete were:
Dr. Roberto Fontolan, director of International Centre of Communion and Liberation, Italy
Dr. Moysés Louro de Azevedo Filho, founder of Shalom Catholic Community, Brazil
Professor Marco Impagliazzo, president of the Sant’Egidio Community, Italy
Dr. Geneviève Amélie Mathilde Sanze of the General Council of the Focolare Movement, Central Africa
Dr. Manfred Lutz, from the Alexanier Infirmary Hospital of Cologne, Germany
Professor Robert Cheaib, from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Lebanon
Professor Laura Palazzani, lecturer at Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta, Italy
Professor Helen M. Alvare, lecturer at the George Mason University School of Law, USA
Professor Franco Nembrini, author of educational programmes for young people, Italy
Dr. Javier Borrego Borrego, state attorney at the Court of Auditors of Madrid, Spain
Piotr and Aleksandra Brzemia Bonarek, lecturers in Krakow, Poland
Daniel and Shelley Ee, heads of the International Ecclesial Team of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement, Singapore
Luis Jensen and Pilar Escudero de Jensen of the Institute of Schoenstatt Families, Chile