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Called to better nurture and tend the Lord’s vineyard

HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS at the extraordinary synod on the family Vatican Basilica, Sunday, 5 October 2014 TODAY the prophet Isaiah and the Gospel employ the image of the Lord’s vineyard. The Lord’s vineyard is his “dream”, the plan which he nurtures with all his love, like a farmer who cares for his vineyard. Vines […]

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Opening family synod, pope warns bishops of hypocrisy, pride and greed

VATICAN CITY, October 5, 2014–Opening a two-week Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis warned participants against the temptations of hypocrisy, pride and greed, urging them instead to serve the church with “freedom, creativity and hard work.” “We can thwart God’s dream if we fail to let ourselves be guided by the Holy Spirit,” […]

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On eve of family synod, pope prays for “open and fraternal” debate

VATICAN CITY, October 4, 2014–Hours before opening a Synod of Bishops whose members have already started a public debate over Catholic teaching on marriage and sexuality, Pope Francis prayed the bishops would express themselves and listen to each other openly, trusting in God to reconcile their differences. “Let us invoke openness to a sincere, open […]

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Cardinal says synod will have open discussion, even on sensitive topics

VATICAN CITY, October 3, 2014–The “freedom of expression” that characterized preparations for the Synod of Bishops on the family — especially in responses to a Vatican questionnaire — “will also characterize the synod assembly, which certainly will take place in a climate of respect for every position, mutual charity and an authentic sense of constructiveness,” […]

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Vatican official says synod is ‘about family, not divorce’

VATICAN, Oct. 3, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- At a press conference revealing the official working calendar for the synod of bishops, the group’s secretary general said the event will take on a new flavor and shouldn’t be pegged to just one issue. “The Synod is about family, not divorce. Let’s not monopolize it with Western problems,” […]

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Cardinal Kasper: Pope wants bishops to decide on Communion proposal

VATICAN CITY, October 2, 2014–The author of a controversial proposal to make it easier for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion says he believes Pope Francis backs the measure but would not apply it without support from bishops at two upcoming synods on the family. “I had the impression the pope is open […]

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Cardinal Burke: Synod should take Communion proposal ‘off the table’

VATICAN CITY, October 2, 2014–The highest ranking U.S. bishop at the Vatican says this month’s Synod of Bishops on the family should mark the end of a high-level debate over whether to make it easier for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. “The matter really has to be clarified at this point so […]

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Family synod an opportunity to support marriage, scholars urge

VATICAN, Oct. 1, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Law professors, family advocates and clergy have asked those participating in the upcoming synod of bishops to consider how best to help couples understand and live their marriages, in light of such negative family trends as divorce, cohabitation, and pornography. More than 40 academics signed the open letter, which […]

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Synod at heart of papal liturgies for month of October

VATICAN, Sep 30, 2014 / 05:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The schedule of liturgical celebrations over which Pope Francis will preside in October is mainly booked with events surrounding the synod of bishops, which culminates with the beatification of Pope Paul VI. According to the schedule released by the Vatican on Sept. 26, Pope Francis will […]

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Priest asks Filipino families to pray for October synod

MANILA, September 15, 2014–As the Synod on the Family draws nearer, a Catholic priest called on the Filipino families to get involved and support the gathering with prayers. Father Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, said that prayers are necessary as the Vatican will discern on the challenges […]

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