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Marriage and Family

2016-04-11 00:00:00

Family Events

World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia/USA, September 22nd -27th 2015 http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/

  • Pope Francis' homily at Conclusion of World Meeting of Families September 27th 2015, including his off-the-cuff remarks.
  • Pope's address to bishops from around the world attending the WMF, Sept. 27th 2015.
  • View the Pope's wonderful off-the-cuff address to families Saturday September 26th 2015 in Philadelphia here. And here you can find the transcription of his speech.

If you would like to read how the Family Conference in Denmark, May 1-3 went, please click here.

Pope Francis on Marriage and Family

Amoris Laetitia - Pope Francis' postsynodal Apostolic exhortation is ready.

In this document Pope Francis develops the final reports from the two Synods on the family and outlines his guidelines for the Church's future pastoral care for marriage and family. Cardinal Christoph Schönborn O.P. of Vienna presented Amoris Laetitia at the Vatican's press conference April 8, 2016. And here are Bishop Robert Barron's first reactions.

From December 10th 2014 to September 16th 2015 Pope Francis has dedicated 27 General Audiences to marriage and family. You will find them all here (click on the red text):

The Synods on the Family

III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (2014):

XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (October 2015):

Marriage Enhancing Events

Normally twice a year the Pastoral Department organizes evenings in Oslo with themes of interest for married couples. We gladly visit the parishes to speak about marriage and family issues - do not hesitate to ask us.

We apologize to inform you that our February event VALENTINE's FOR CATHOLICS has been cancelled due to lacking inscriptions.  

Prayer in and for the Family

Loyola Press has a good website with resources for families: http://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-family.htm

Grandparents and Elderly People

Pastoral Care for separated, divorced and remarried

Suffering and Hope

Links and Literature

Other documents from the Magisterium of the Church

About us

The Pastoral Department of the Catholic Diocese of Oslo has as its goal to assist parishes and others engaged in pastoral service in the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and in the actuality this Gospel has for each and everyone of us in any situation of life. In the Pastoral Plan of the Diocese of Oslo the following is written about the work of the Department:

"The Pastoral Department is there to assist parishes and others engaged in pastoral activities with materials, courses, councel,  suggestions of activities etc. for their pastoral service (...) It is also the task of the Department to maintain a particular contact with the youth association of the Catholic Chutch in Norway (NUK), Caritas, the Catholic schools and others engaged in pastoral work but are not, however, directly and/or formally organised under the Diocese." (chapter 2.5)

The Pastoral Department works in a number of areas, among others Marriage, family and pro-life, Catechesis, Pastoral care of immigrants, Catholic studies (among other things the responsibility for the academic studies for diocesan candidates to the priesthood and permanent diaconate), Preventive work against sexual abuse in the Church, Faith sharing in digital and social media, etc.

In addition to the work particularly done towards parishes and others engaged in organised pastoral activities, the Pastoral Department also has a direct pastoral service to families and individuals through developing material to help them practice and strengthen their Catholic faith.



What we do

We develop courses and material for sacramental marriage preparation, organise gatherings and offer resources in the areas of marriage, family and pro-life. We also develop and offer material for inspiration and help for families to practice Catholic faith and prayer. We are happy to visit parishes and assist in local arrangements where family issues are on the agenda.


We create and publish material (printed and digital) to be used in the preparation of children for the reception of the sacraments (Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation), in Sunday school and throughout grades 1 to 10. We arrange annual seminars and retreats for catechists, and we also help the parishes with arranging regional and local courses and seminars. Together with external partners, we also develop and offer catechetical formation on univresity level.

The Diocese of Oslo consists to a large extent of immigrants to Norway, and therefore there is a need of an organised pastoral care for different groups of immigrants. This pastoral care is coordinated by the Office for immigrant pastoral care and is regulated by current guidelines. The office is responsible for collecting reports on immigrant pastoral care throughout the Diocese, regardless of the way it is organised, and to send forward this information to the Bishop and relevant authorities. The Pastoral Department collaborates with the Office for immigrant pastoral care in order to help in offering an integral pastoral care for all Catholics in our Diocese.