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Pontifical Council for the Family

The Pontifical Council for the Family is the primary Vatican organization devoted to the health and wellbeing of families. The council has its roots in Pope Paul VI's Committee for the Family but was established as a pontifical council in 1981 by Pope John Paul II in Familia a Deo Instituta. The council's main tasks are tied to the Church's understanding of family, and it promotes the Magisterium's teachings on a proper family life, which includes the Church's teachings on procreation and on abortion. In addition to these policy initiatives, the council is also tasked with overseeing marriage preparation courses, dealing with bioethical questions, and sterilization. The current president of the council is Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia.

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