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Presentation of Pope Francis’ new document on family life

Presentation of Pope Francis’ new document on family life

VATICAN RADIO, April 8, 2016–Minutes after its publication on Friday, Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on the family was being scrutinized and commented on in countries across the globe. The lengthy document, entitled ‘Amoris Laetitia’, or The Joy of Love, draws together the work of the last two Synods of Bishops, affirming the Church’s teaching that […]

Cardinal Parolin: Apostolic exhortation on the family could come soon

VATICAN, Oct. 29, 2015– Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said an apostolic exhortation on the family following the recently concluded Synod of Bishops could be released soon. “I imagine that it won’t take long because usually these things should be done in a relatively short time, otherwise it loses its strength a bit, […]

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Address of His Holiness Pope Francis at the Conclusion of the Synod of Bishops

    Synod Hall, 24 October 2015 Dear Beatitudes, Eminences and Excellencies, Dear Brothers and Sisters, I would like first of all to thank the Lord, who has guided our synodal process in these years by his Holy Spirit, whose support is never lacking to the Church. My heartfelt thanks go to Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, […]

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Synod on the Family: Press Briefing Day 17

VATICAN RADIO, October 24, 2015– “It is not black and white,” Cardinal Christoph Schoborn said on Saturday at the last of the daily briefings of the Synod on the Family. Also present with him at the briefing were Brazilian Cardinal, Raymundo Damasceno, and the Prior General of the Little Brothers of Jesus, Hervé Janson, – […]

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Pope Francis: Synod was about affirming family, indissoluble marriage

VATICAN, Oct. 24, 2015– At the conclusion of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Pope Francis emphasized that the gathering had been about recognizing that society is founded on the family and marriage as the permanent union of one man and one woman. The synod, the Pope said in his closing message, “was about urging […]

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Synod report has new emphasis, not changed doctrine, U.S. bishops say

VATICAN, Oct. 24, 2015– Several hours before the final report of the Synod of Bishops was put to a vote, two U.S. bishops said that what is new is not the church’s message, but the synod’s emphasis and attitude toward the role of the family in the modern world. Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, […]

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Synod report urges ‘accompaniment’ tailored to family situations

VATICAN, Oct. 24, 2015– While not specifically mentioning the controversial proposal of a path toward full reconciliation and Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, members of the Synod of Bishops on the family handed Pope Francis a report emphasizing an obligation to recognize that not all Catholics in such a situation bear the same […]

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Synod had difficult moments as it tried to proclaim truth, pope says

VATICAN, Oct. 24, 2015– The first task of the Catholic Church “is not to hand down condemnations or anathemas, but to proclaim the mercy of God,” Pope Francis told members of the Synod of Bishops on the family. At the end of the synod’s final working session Oct. 24, Pope Francis was honest about the […]

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Gay Catholic to Synod: Please protect teaching on homosexuality

VATICAN, Oct. 23, 2015– With the pastoral care of homosexual persons on the agenda of the Synod on the Family, one man with same-sex attraction has appealed to the synod fathers to protect the Church’s teaching on this issue. “I would love (the synod fathers) to know that we exist, that we are so concerned […]

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Asian Synod bishops concerned: Youth not getting married

VATICAN City, Rome, Oct. 25, 2015 – What does the Church in Asia, a pulsating center of Catholic membership growth, worry about? Young people saying no to marriage and child-bearing. “[The question is] how to inspire young people to live out their family life,” said Synod delegate Shillong Archbishop Dominic Jala of India in an […]

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Asians’ Synod message to bishops: Don’t stop guiding us!

VATICAN City, Rome, Oct. 24, 2015 – What do Asian Catholics hope for from the Synod on the Family? Proper guidance on moral issues. “Sometimes, I want the Church to be not really moralistic but to properly guide Filipino families in terms of moral values because the Filipinos, they listen to the priests,” said Olivia […]

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Why violence against women is a Synod issue

VATICAN City, Rome, Oct. 24, 2015 – Embellishing a known saying, it can be said that women hold up half of the family. This insight is something the Church hierarchy is acknowledging, especially during this year’s Synod on the Family where several women were able to give personal testimonies on issues like violence against women, […]

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Synod: Lay group hopes for ‘updated’ pastoral guide to marriage, family

VATICAN, Oct. 24, 2015— As the Synod of Bishops nears its end, one of the world’s largest family-oriented groups is looking forward to a clearer direction in facing challenges to modern families. By that, the Couples for Christ (CFC) Global Mission means an “updated” pastoral programs in light of new challenges. “Our expectations is an […]

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Delegate: Synod document will show Church’s care for families

VATICAN, Oct. 24, 2015— Amid the many innuendos of controversy, whatever is discussed and finalized at the Synod will certainly show the Catholic Church’s “great concern” for the families, a Filipino archbishop said. While he refused to preempt the final results of the global meeting, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said the Synod expresses to families […]

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‘I have special admiration for Filipinos’ — Pope Francis

VATICAN, Oct. 24, 2015— Almost a year after his visit to the Philippines, Pope Francis continues to cherish his high esteem for Filipinos. In a brief and casual meeting with Filipino bishops attending the ongoing Synod on the family at the Vatican, the Pope again expressed his admiration for the Filipino faith. “The Holy Father […]

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The deeper synod question: How should church relate to the wider world

VATICAN, Oct. 23, 2015– Members of the Synod of Bishops on the family agree that Catholic families are the beating heart and busy hands of the church, but the tensions in the synod hall demonstrate that what they don’t agree on is a vision of the church and its primary attitude to the world. As […]

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