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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.   

The miracle behind the canonization of the parents of St Therese of Lisieux

Oct 17, 2015 - 06:03 am .- Seven-year-old Carmen has an extraordinary story. Because of her Blessed Louis Martin and Zelie Guerin, the parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux, will be canonized this Sunday in Saint Peter's Square.

What will the Synod’s final document look like?

Oct 16, 2015 - 09:49 pm .- As the second week of the synod draws to a close, it remains to be seen what the final product from the global meeting of bishops will be.  

At synod, Cardinal Marx openly promotes Communion for divorced-and-remarried

Oct 16, 2015 - 05:23 pm .- After years of both direct and indirect remarks on the subject, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx issued his most direct statement yet in favor of offering Communion to the divorced-and-remarried.

A tough synod topic: the 'silent martyrdom' of incest, abuse in families

Oct 16, 2015 - 11:02 am .- Violence, incest and sexual abuse within the family were among the issues addressed by synod fathers in their most recent talks, as well as the Church's role in bringing light to difficult situations.

Pope Francis makes secret stop at new dorms for Rome's homeless

Oct 16, 2015 - 04:42 am .- After last night’s synod session Pope Francis didn’t go back to his residence at the St. Martha house as usual, but instead decided to pop by the Vatican’s new dormitory for homeless men.

Don't 'regionalize' Church teaching on marriage, says Irish archbishop at synod

Oct 15, 2015 - 04:36 pm .- Catholic teaching on marriage and the family is universal, not something local bishops’ conferences can decide for themselves, an Irish archbishop said Thursday.

Do aliens exist? Pope Francis tackles this (and other things) in new interview

Oct 15, 2015 - 11:31 am .- Pope Francis discussed in a new interview topics ranging from his reasons for canonizing the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, to his thoughts on whether there could be life on other planets.

Cardinal Sarah says the Christian family counters both Islamic, Western extremism

Oct 14, 2015 - 03:57 pm .- Cardinal Robert Sarah has told the Synod of Bishops they should respond to the twin threats of Western and Islamic radicals by helping the world realize the beauty of the Christian family.

Read today's report from the German small group at the Synod

Oct 14, 2015 - 03:34 pm .- Read below the full text of the report released Wednesday by the German-speaking small group at the Synod on the Family. The reports of the 13 small groups, or circoli minori, were all released Oct. 14 in their own languages: four English, three French, three Italian, two Spanish, and one German. The text below is CNA's translation of the German original:

We need to be clear on what marriage actually is, synod bishops insist

Oct 14, 2015 - 09:45 am .- Numerous bishops voiced alarm over the lack of a clear definition of marriage in the synod’s controversial guiding text, prompting a call for one based on scripture and Church teaching to be added.

Pope Francis asks forgiveness for scandals in the Church

Oct 14, 2015 - 08:01 am .- Pope Francis opened this Wednesday's general audience by apologizing for unspecified scandals that have recently arisen in the Vatican.

Violent marriages: A woman's quest to help synod bishops grasp the issue

Oct 13, 2015 - 03:02 pm .- Christauria Welland is a clinical psychologist who's worked with both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence – and with one in three women worldwide suffering from abuse at the hands of a partner, her goal is to make sure bishops know about the problem.

Are those who strive for virtue the new minority? Cardinal Dolan thinks so

Oct 13, 2015 - 01:05 pm .- Married couples who endure hardships together; gay men and women trying to live chastely; engaged couples who choose not to cohabitate. What do all these people have in common?

Synod letter leak was intended 'to sow strife', says Cardinal Müller

Oct 13, 2015 - 11:48 am .- Cardinal Gerhard Müller spoke with an Italian daily on Tuesday about the synod and about a letter allegedly sent to Pope Francis from a number of cardinals abouts its process, calling the leak of a private document scandalous.

Pope Francis establishes new dorm for Rome's homeless men

Oct 13, 2015 - 03:16 am .- Pope Francis and his brother Jesuits in Rome have converted an old travel agency building into a new homeless shelter for men, just in time for the cold winter months.

Diverse synod groups united in concern over 'gender ideology'

Oct 13, 2015 - 12:46 am .- Despite the significant differences among the 13 small groups that are discussing the working document at the Synod on the Family, the majority are in agreement that gender ideology poses a serious challenge for families in the modern world.

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