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Pope Francis backs the new synod process in an unanticipated speech

Oct 6, 2015 - 04:15 pm .- In an unexpected speech at the synod on Tuesday, Pope Francis has stated that this gathering is in continuity with 2014 synod, which he said never called into question the Church's teaching on marriage.

Cardinal Erdö's emphatic defense of Church teaching marked synod's first day

Oct 6, 2015 - 02:48 pm .- Monday, the first full day of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, was dominated by the introductory address of the synod’s general relator, Cardinal Peter Erdö of Esztergom-Budapest.

Full text of Cardinal Erdo's introductory report for the Synod on the Family

Oct 6, 2015 - 10:26 am .- On Oct. 5, the opening day of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest -- who is the synod's relator general -- gave an introductory speech to the synod fathers. Drawing from the working document for the synod as well as recent magisterial documents, Cardinal Erdo surveyed the work the assembly is called to do. He examined current challenges to the family and marriage, the vocation of the family, and the family's mission today. The full text of his prepared remarks were published in Italian on the Vatican's website. Please find below CNA's English translation of the entirety of his remarks:

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.

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.

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.

As synod approaches, Nigerian bishops speak up for the family

Sep 28, 2015 - 05:04 pm .- Nigeria’s bishops closed their latest assembly with a view toward the upcoming Synod on the Family, re-affirming the family while warning about LGBT activism.

Cardinal Sarah: efforts to 'soften' Christ's teaching ignore the Good News of mercy

Sep 23, 2015 - 05:32 pm .- Efforts to ‘soften’ Christian teaching on the family are not a solution for those wounded by sin, Cardinal Robert Sarah, a native of the west African country of Guinea, told the World Meeting of Families on Wednesday.

How marriage prep is failing Catholics, and what we can do about it

Sep 18, 2015 - 04:02 am .- The Church needs to seriously consider changing the way it approaches marriage preparation say John and Claire Grabowski, a couple who serve on the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Synod guiding document: families need the Church's message of mercy

Jun 23, 2015 - 08:20 am .- The document set to guide this year’s synod discussions on the family touches on hot-button issues such as homosexuality and divorced and remarried couples, stressing that mercy is something every family needs from the Church.

Scholar from JPII Institute on marriage, family to advise helmsman of 2015 Synod

Mar 14, 2015 - 10:00 am .- As the church prepares for the 2015 Synod on the Family, one of the newly-named advisers to the synod of bishops' general secretariat is a scholar from the John Paul II Institute on marriage and the family – representatives of which were notably absent during last year's gathering on the same subject.

Archbishops Chaput, Gomez confirmed participants in Synod on the Family

Jan 31, 2015 - 11:32 am .- The Vatican has confirmed the participation of 48 delegates chosen by bishops' conferences to take part in this year's Synod on the Family.  Included on the list are all those elected by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Family synod gets down to basics of marriage, Pope says

Dec 10, 2014 - 08:26 am .- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis started a new catechesis on the family, and explained that discussion surrounding the topic in the synod of bishops is rooted in the fundamental truths of marriage.

Pope Francis speaks up on synod process – 'it isn't over'

Nov 30, 2014 - 05:57 pm .- In keeping with his usual tradition on papal trips, Pope Francis held an in-flight press conference on his way back to Rome, in which he opened up about the debate surrounding last month’s Synod of Bishops.  

Archbishop Kurtz: Want to strengthen families? Witness 'truths of the faith'

Nov 10, 2014 - 02:10 pm .- In responding to crises faced by modern families, the Church must work to restore hope and confidence that the call of the Gospel can be lived out, the head of the U.S. bishops’ conference said.  

Cardinal Nichols clarifies, dispels media portrayals of synod

Oct 25, 2014 - 10:21 am .- After returning from the 2014 Synod on the Family, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has clarified that the meeting was focused upon reaching out to those in difficulty, rather than changing doctrine.  

Cardinal shines light on migration, marriage prep in family synod

Oct 10, 2014 - 04:32 am .- The effects of migration and poverty upon families, the pastoral care of children, the Eucharist in connection to our understanding of marriage: these are a few of the themes which Cardinal Vincent Nichols, archbishop of Westminster, hopes to see raised during the Synod on the Family currently underway in the Vatican.  

Pope's concern for Christians in Middle East emerges at family synod

Oct 7, 2014 - 10:32 am .- In an unexpected move, Pope Francis added to the schedule of the upcoming consistory for the causes of saints a discussion on the situation of Christians in the Middle East, the Holy See spokesman announced Tuesday.

Don't expect 'sound bite solutions' from synod, US cardinal says

Oct 7, 2014 - 03:13 am .- While there will not be any quick fixes unveiled at this year’s synod, a fair amount of talk can be expected on the application of the Church’s pastoral practice, predicted Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington.  

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