Inside the Synod Hall 20 during the meeting of bishops and cardinals on Oct. 14, 2015_Credit Daniel Ibanez_CNA 10-14-15

What is the Synod on the Family? A five-minute video guide

If you’ve been part of the Catholic world for the last week or two, you may have heard about the Synod that’s currently taking place in Rome. What exactly is a synod? Essentially, it’s a gathering of bishops from around the world to discuss important issues. In this case, the bishops are discussing topics related […]

"Oh, you know two of the most influential Church documents in the past century? Yeah...we'd like to...re-asses them." German Cardinal Marx. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA **By now I'm assuming you know I'm not using actual quotes.

Why deciphering German cardinal-speak is a 24/7 job

In the middle of week two of the Ordinary Synod on the Family, the German language group has released their, um, interpretation of the discussions so far. And I have a few questions for them. If I could sum them all up, though, it would be: Huh? The whole document reads as a pre-packaged lecture […]

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Best Beard: Week 1 of #Synod15

Let’s be real, the Eastern Catholics clean house when it comes to best beards in the Catholic Church (what gives, Westerners?). After careful prayer, discernment and analysis, and based on fullness and overall ruggedness (actual word), our team has determined that Archbishop Péter Fülöp of the Archeparchy of Hajdúdorog, the head of the Hungarian Greek Catholic […]

The opening assembly of the Synod bishops 1 and Pope Francis in Vatican City on Oct. 5, 2015. Credit: (C) L'Osservatore Romano.

Synod speeches can now be made public – here’s what you need to know

Yesterday, the director of the Holy See press office announced that bishops can make their interventions at the Synod on the Family public. Wait…what’s the Synod on the Family again? It’s a gathering of bishops from all over the world, coming together at the Vatican to discuss a variety of issues that relate to the […]

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This baby is the (unofficial) #Synod15 Mascot

The Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family just launched in Rome on Sunday, and already a (very fitting) mascot has emerged for the meeting: a baby. If you’ve been following the Synod on Twitter, you may have seen pictures of this little guy: Did you know there’s a baby in the synod hall this […]

Opening Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for the 2014 Extraoridinary Synod on the Family on Oct. 5, 2014_Credit Bohumil Petrik-CNA_CNA_10-6-14

These new sites are helping cover the Synod on the Family

As bishops from around the world gather in Rome for the 2015 Ordinary Synod of Bishops, several websites are launching special pages to offer in-depth coverage of the event. The synod, which is being held Oct. 4-25, is an international gathering of bishops that will discuss “The vocation and mission of the family in the […]

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Pope Francis has a great smile

It seems that if anything can be learned from the Holy Father’s visit to Cuba and the United States, it’s that he is a man of gestures and encounters. He exchanged zucchettos with a young Cuban man in Holguin. He made an impromptu visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor while in Washington, D.C. […]

Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard his flight from Philadelphia to Rome on Sept. 27, 2015. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA.

Pro-life quotes from Pope Francis you may have missed over the weekend

  Pope Francis took some heat from critics during his address to Congress last week, where he mentioned the right to life at all stages. But instead of pleading for an end to abortion, he asked for a global abolition of the death penalty. As for the Pope’s reasons for doing this, some have speculated […]

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Highlights from the streets of #PopeinPhilly

What’s it like to spend three days on the streets of Philadelphia with upwards of a million of your closest, Pope-loving friends? Here are some of our favorite highlights from the weekend. The papally-tricked out kiddos:   Philly is so excited to welcome Pope Francis!! #PopeinPhilly A photo posted by Catholic News Agency (@catholicnewsagency) on […]

Poll: Which U.S. papal speech was your favorite?

Pope Francis has returned to Rome after his papal visit to Cuba and the United States. The Sept. 22-27 visit included stops in Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. He gave many great speeches and homilies during his visit, but three of the biggest occurred in each city: Washington, D.C. In his lengthy speech […]

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