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Families need homilies connecting Gospel to real life, observer says

VATICAN, Oct. 8 2015– Families need to hear homilies that connect the Gospel to the troubles and joys they experience, said a synod participant. Maria Gomes, the Family and Life director at St. Mary’s Church in Dubai, and an observer at the Synod of Bishops on the family, said the typical scenario is “the priest […]

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African bishops throw swift punch at ‘ideological colonization’

VATICAN, Oct. 8, 2015– Heavy criticism of the West imposing secular values on Africa in exchange for aid emerged as a theme from the continent’s bishops, as the Vatican’s synod on the family kicks off its first week. From press conferences to individual interviews, multiple prelates voiced concern over what Pope Francis has termed “ideological […]

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Synod on the Family: Press Briefing Day 6

VATICAN RADIO, October 10, 2015– At the end of the first week of the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family in Vatican City, Fr. Thomas Rosica CSB, English Media Attaché for the Holy See, joined Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ to summarise the discussions at the daily press briefing. A number of […]

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Synod on the Family: Press Briefing Day 5

VATICAN RADIO, October 10, 2015–Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, director of the Holy See Press Office, brought three prelates as guests on Friday to the daily media briefing on the progress of the Synod on the Family taking place at Vatican City. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines and Archbishops Joseph E. of Kurtz of […]

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Synod on the Family: Press Briefing Day 4

VATICAN RADIO, October 8, 2015–On Thursday Oct. 8 at the daily press briefing for the Synod of the Family, three prelates spoke about issues from Africa and the Middle East. They said that the Synod is universal and that Africa and the West shared similar problems. Fr. Russell Pollitt SJ reports Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckley of […]

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Archbishop Chaput: We need more accurate translations of synod docs

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2015 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Synod of Bishops’ English-language translations are not always accurate and some synod fathers are worried about whether they will understand the synod’s final document before they vote on it, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said Wednesday. “Among English speakers, we don’t have typically the […]

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More open approach at synod can ease fear of manipulation, cardinal says

VATICAN, Oct. 7, 2017– Greater emphasis on small-group discussions and incorporating that work into the synod’s final draft document is helping alleviate any suspicion of the synod being manipulated, said one of the four synod presidents. Cardinal Wilfrid F. Napier of Durban, South Africa, told Catholic News Service Oct. 7, “I think this time we […]

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Cardinal Erdö’s emphatic defense of Church teaching marked synod’s first day

VATICAN, Oct. 6, 2015– Monday, the first full day of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, was dominated by the introductory address of the synod’s general relator, Cardinal Peter Erdö of Esztergom-Budapest. The entire text of Cardinal Erdö’s Oct. 5 speech was released only in Italian, but has been translated into English by the staff […]

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Pope Francis backs the new synod process in an unanticipated speech

VATICAN, Oct. 6, 2015– In an unexpected speech at the synod on Tuesday, Pope Francis has stated that this gathering is in continuity with 2014 synod, which he said never called into question the Church’s teaching on marriage. He also emphasized that the official documents of the 2014 synod are his two speeches, and its […]

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Synod on the Family: Press Briefing Day 3

VATICAN RADIO, October 7, 2015– At the press briefing today the Holy See Press Office announced that the Synod Fathers had elected chairpersons and moderators for their “circuli minores” (small groups). The thirteen groups were determined by language. The groups began to work on Wednesday morning on the first part of Instrumentum Laboris which outlines […]

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Synod on the Family: Press Briefing Day 2

VATICAN RADIO, October 6. 2015–Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J. opened the daily press conference by explaining what had happened in the morning session. He said that the general secretary of the Synod, Cardinal Baldisseri, had explained “certain processes of the methodology” and its new elements. Lombardi said that Pope Francis also thought it was important for […]

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Synod on the Family: Press Briefing Day 1

VATICAN RADIO, October 5, 2015– The first of the daily press conferences to report on the proceedings of the Synod of the Family took place at 1pm Rome time on Monday. The Synod began on Sunday with a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica and the first session sat on Monday morning. […]

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Full text of Cardinal Erdo’s introductory report for the Synod on the Family

(NOTE: On Oct. 5, the opening day of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest — who is the synod’s relator general — gave an introductory speech to the synod fathers. Drawing from the working document for the synod as well as recent magisterial documents, Cardinal Erdo surveyed the work the […]

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Address of Pope Francis to the First General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops on the Family.

Vatican City October 5, 2015 Dear Beatitudes, Eminences, Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters, The Church takes up again today the dialogue begun with the convocation of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family — and certainly also much earlier — to evaluate and reflect together on the text of the Instrumentum laboris, elaborated from the Relatio Synodi […]

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Homily of Pope  Francis at the Opening Mass of the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Vatican Basilica 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 4 October 2015 “If we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us” (1 Jn 4:12). This Sunday’s Scripture readings seem to have been chosen precisely for this moment of grace which the Church is experiencing: the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod […]

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Address of His Pope Francis at the Prayer Vigil for the Synod on the Family

St Peter’s Square Saturday, 3 October 2015 Dear Families, Good evening! What good is it to light a little candle in the darkness? Isn’t there a better way to dispel the darkness? Can the darkness even be overcome? At some points in life – this life so full of amazing resources – such questions have […]

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