Pope Announces New Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences

Pope Francis has set up a new Pontifical Institute for the study of marriage and the family, replacing the organization set up by his predecessor in 1981.  He said the John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences is being established to carry forward the work of the two recent Synods of Bishops and the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

Noting the important work that has been carried out by the original institute, founded in the wake of the 1980 Synod on the Family, Pope Francis says the Synods of 2014 and 2015 have brought renewed awareness of the challenges to which the Christian community is called to respond.

The institute, which comes into effect immediately, will offer students courses leading to a diploma, a license, and doctorate in marriage and family sciences.