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Paris archbishop says 'there will be no spectacular revolution at the synod'

Oct 5, 2015 - 05:08 pm .- There are no “spectacular revolutions” in the offing at the Synod of Bishops, and those expecting one will be disappointed, one of the three president delegates of Synod of Bishops said Monday in a press briefing.

Despite objections, Calif. governor signs assisted-suicide bill

Oct 5, 2015 - 04:08 pm .- After months of debate and strong opposition, California governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into a law a bill enabling doctors to prescribe drugs that will end the lives of terminally ill patients.

A warning from Pope Francis: Don't politicize the synod

Oct 5, 2015 - 08:47 am .- Pope Francis opened the Synod on the Family with a reminder that it's not a forum whereby leaders come to an agreement, but a journey of openness to the Holy Spirit and “apostolic courage” against worldly temptations that can lead people away from the truth.

This Catholic healthcare group is being sued for refusing to provide abortions

Oct 4, 2015 - 06:01 am .- Trinity Health Corporations, one of the largest Catholic health care operations in America, is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union over its refusal to provide women with abortion services at their medical facilities.

Pope Francis asks for prayers ahead of synod discussion

Oct 4, 2015 - 04:51 am .- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis stressed the role of spouses in generating children, and asked for prayers ahead of the synod discussions beginning tomorrow.

God's dream for creation? The union of a man and woman, Pope says

Oct 4, 2015 - 03:18 am .- Pope Francis formally opened the synod of bishops Sunday, telling participants that the union between a man and woman is the foundation of God’s plan for the family, and a solution to the many forms of loneliness in today’s world.

The relics of St Therese, and her parents, will be displayed throughout the synod

Oct 3, 2015 - 01:05 pm .- Glass cases with the relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux and her parents, Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, will be displayed in Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome for the entirety of the Synod on the Family, Oct. 4-25.

Pope tells Synod Fathers to learn from the Holy Family

Oct 3, 2015 - 12:39 pm .- Pope Francis on Saturday presided over a candlelight vigil for the Synod on the Family, calling on the Synod Fathers to listen to families, including the Holy Family, over the course of their deliberations.

Vatican responds to CDF official’s 'coming out'

Oct 3, 2015 - 05:15 am .- The director of the Holy See press office has issued a statement in response to Vatican official Msgr. Krzysztof Charamsa's declaration in a recent interview that he is homosexual and has a boyfriend.

Gay Catholics tell synod to promote chastity – for everyone

Oct 3, 2015 - 04:04 am .- Same-sex attracted Catholics who have turned away from a homosexual lifestyle are urging participants at the upcoming Synod on the Family to defend the Church's teaching on chastity for everyone – including for divorced and remarried.

Listen to your guardian angel's advice - he is God’s messenger, Pope says

Oct 2, 2015 - 04:47 pm .- Each of us has a Guardian Angel who, acting on behalf of God, advises us and protects us from evil, if we only listen to him, Pope Francis said during his homily at Mass on Friday.

'You are not alone' - Oregon bishops, priests support a community in shock

Oct 2, 2015 - 04:34 pm .- In the wake of a mass shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, members of a local Catholic parish are reaching out to offer sympathy, comfort and hope.

Ahead of the synod, LGBT activists lobby bishops. Here's what they want.

Oct 2, 2015 - 03:08 pm .- As the Synod on the Family approaches, a well-funded LGBT activist coalition is lobbying bishops to revive controversial language from the debates of the 2014 extraordinary synod.

What to expect from this year's synod of bishops

Oct 2, 2015 - 10:57 am .- As the synod’s schedule and methodology were rolled out ahead of its launch this weekend, some novelties came along with it, such as no midterm report and a heightened emphasis on the small groups.

These African pastors want to maintain Christ's love, and truth, at the synod

Oct 2, 2015 - 06:03 am .- Ten prelates from Africa have stood up against a pastoral approach to new challenges to marriage and the family that would effectively modify the Church's doctrine, by writing essays for a book meant to be a “contribution to the Synod onf the Family by African pastors.”

Vatican clarifies background on Pope's meeting with Kim Davis

Oct 2, 2015 - 04:54 am .- After meeting with Pope Francis earlier this morning, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed that the Pope met with Kim Davis and her husband as part of a large group invited by the nunciature.

A Mexican exorcist advances on path to sainthood – courtesy of the Pope

Oct 2, 2015 - 04:04 am .- Among the eight causes for sainthood advanced by Pope Francis is a Mexican exorcist who lived during the time of the Cristero War, and was mentored by as bishop that has since been canonized.

Dating apps could be leading to a rise in STDs – and Tinder isn't happy about it

Oct 1, 2015 - 04:46 pm .- A new billboard linking dating apps with an increase in sexually transmitted disease rates spurred one app – Tinder – to issue a cease and desist order against the group behind it.

In wake of Pope Francis, bishops urge Congress to move on religious freedom

Oct 1, 2015 - 04:20 pm .- Citing Pope Francis, the U.S. bishops are urging lawmakers act quickly to pass a bill that would reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, whose mandate expired yesterday.

This event hopes to bring the voice of chaste, gay Catholics to the Synod

Oct 1, 2015 - 06:22 am .- An upcoming international conference in Rome is hoping to give a face to those with same-sex attrac-tion living in accord with the Church's teaching on homosexuality – and to help make their voice heard at the Synod on the Family.

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