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Walk alongside your people, Pope Francis tells bishops at synod's close

Oct 25, 2015 - 05:13 am .- Pope Francis Sunday officially brought the Synod on the Family to a close at Mass in St. Peter’s, warning against a “spirituality of illusion,” and reminding pastors of their duty to accompany the faithful and be bearers of God’s mercy especially in times of suffering and conflict.

Final synod document strongly backs Church teaching, beauty of family life

Oct 24, 2015 - 04:39 pm .- With a two-thirds majority vote, the more than 200 bishops gathered for the Vatican's synod on the family supported Church teaching on hot-button issues such as homosexuality and communion for divorced and remarried persons.

Pope Francis: Synod was about affirming family, indissoluble marriage

Oct 24, 2015 - 01:10 pm .- 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.

Gay Catholic to Synod: Please protect teaching on homosexuality

Oct 23, 2015 - 02:27 pm .- 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.  

Pope Francis to youth: the Bible can change your life. Now read it!

Oct 23, 2015 - 06:03 am .- The Bible is so dangerous that some Christians risk persecution to have one. But for Pope Francis, its life-changing role in daily life is important too.

The problem of porn – are bishops talking about it?

Oct 23, 2015 - 04:06 am .- It hasn't gotten a lot of media coverage so far, but the rampant affects of pornography on families worldwide has sparked concern and dialogue among the synod's bishops – particularly the Americans.

The saint and the synod – John Paul II’s legacy still seen in Church teaching

Oct 22, 2015 - 03:54 pm .- Though it has been more than 10 years since the death of Pope John Paul II, the saint’s impact can still be seen in those working to uphold Church teaching at the Synod on the Family, said his former secretary.

Updated: Pope Francis creates Vatican office combining laity, family, life issues

Oct 22, 2015 - 11:27 am .- Pope Francis announced Thursday to the Synod on the Family that he has chosen to establish a new office in the Roman Curia that will deal with issues of laity, family, and life, as part of his reform of the curia.

Church unity and truth serve the family, Archbishop Gomez says from synod

Oct 21, 2015 - 01:29 pm .- The Catholic Church needs “a new missionary confidence and courage” that draws on Church unity and the recognition of God’s unwavering vision for the family, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles has said.

Synod finds strong support for Church teaching in communion debate

Oct 21, 2015 - 10:17 am .- Despite pastoral challenges posed by divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics, many synod fathers are in favor of current Church teaching and practice according to a new round of small group reports.

Marriage doesn't take away your freedom – quite the opposite, Pope says

Oct 21, 2015 - 08:34 am .- Pope Francis on Wednesday said that contrary to modern notions, fidelity in marriage does not rob us of personal freedom but instead is a fundamental attribute of all human relationships based on love.

Vatican calls rumors over Pope Francis' health false and irresponsible

Oct 21, 2015 - 05:27 am .- The director of the Holy See press office has denied reports in the Italian press that Pope Francis is suffering from a brain tumor, and denounced its dissemination as “gravely irresponsible.”

What the Holy See told the UN about outer space

Oct 20, 2015 - 03:43 pm .- When the United Nations met on Monday to discuss the peaceful uses of outer space, the Holy See chimed in by voicing its hopes for a more inclusive attitude in space exploration that would incorporate the good of all peoples, despite economic or social inequalities.

That notorious 2014 synod report? We got it an hour after the media did, cardinal says

Oct 20, 2015 - 10:26 am .- Cardinal Wilfrid Napier says the highly controversial midterm report from last year's synod gave weight to issues discussed by only “two or three” people, and was unseen by most synod fathers until after it hit mainstream media.

How Benedict XVI played a special role in a Pope's cause for sainthood

Oct 20, 2015 - 08:03 am .- On his path to beatification, John Paul I can count on a very special supporter: Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Strengthen marriage with truth and mercy, Venezuela's Cardinal Urosa tells synod

Oct 20, 2015 - 06:01 am .- Both truth and mercy can be found in consistent Catholic teaching on marriage, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas told the Synod of Bishops on Thursday.

Cardinal Pell: Catholic means universal, not continental

Oct 19, 2015 - 04:30 pm .- In a wide-ranging interview, Australia's leading prelate affirmed his alliance with Pope Francis, and also stressed that, in a universal church, doctrine does not change from one country to the next.

Pope prays for peace in the Holy Land amid escalating violence

Oct 18, 2015 - 09:40 am .- Following multiple knife attacks in the Holy Land this weekend, Pope Francis has appealed for courage and strength in bringing an end to violence and the desire for revenge.  

Pope Francis: Four new saints point to humility – not worldly power

Oct 18, 2015 - 03:45 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis canonized four new saints, whose greatest legacy he said was their tireless imitation of Jesus in humble service to others, which is something each of us are asked to emulate.

Pope Francis: 50th anniversary of Synod renews the call to discipleship

Oct 17, 2015 - 10:24 am .- Pope Francis presided over celebrations marking 50 years since the establishment of the Synod of Bishops, in which he reflected on the role of the synod in fulfilling our call as disciples to be servants.   

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