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Pontifical Council for the Laity

The Pontifical Council for the Laity, composed mostly of laypersons, organizes and plans large gatherings, ranging from World Youth Days to assemblies of the laity. They also generate publications to address major issues affecting lay Catholics. The council emerged from the reformations of the Second Vatican Council, specifically emerging from Apostolicam actuositatem. The council was created primarily to promote the position of the laity in the Church by acknowledging and supporting the dignity and the support of the devoted laity. Many of the recent popes have used the council to bridge the gap between the hierarchy and the laity. Pope John Paul II called on the group to do so through dialogue and careful evaluation of both sides of the gap. The current president of the council is Stanislaw Cardinal Rylko.

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