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Archbishop Chaput named as one of new members on synod council

Nov 14, 2015 - 04:08 am .- On Saturday the names of the 15 cardinals and bishops chosen to prepare for the next synod were announced by the Vatican – one of them being Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.

Bishop Robert Barron to academics: debate Ross Douthat, don't dodge him

Oct 31, 2015 - 04:09 pm .- Bishop Robert Barron has weighed in amid a media controversy after the Synod on the Family, saying some academic critics of New York Times columnist Ross Douthat are avoiding a good argument in countering his commentary on the synod, some bishops, and Pope Francis.

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 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:

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.

Polish archbishop: Unless we recognize sin, Christ’s incarnation is meaningless

Oct 13, 2015 - 06:01 am .- In a wide-ranging and hard-hitting interview with EWTN Germany, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, president of the Polish bishops' conference, said that were we to cease to recognize sinfulness, then Christ's Incarnation would be rendered “void of its meaning.”

How the 'shadow council' is trying to influence the Synod on the Family

Oct 12, 2015 - 03:32 pm .- When the first week's reports of the 13 small groups at the Synod on the Family were released on Friday, the influence of those who participated in May's “Shadow Council” could be discerned in the report of the German speaking group.

Disunity in the Church is perilous, Archbishop Chaput cautions at synod

Oct 11, 2015 - 10:02 am .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia spoke to the synod fathers on Saturday on the importance of precision in language, particularly regarding unity in diversity, and recalled the Protestant Reformation.

Proclaim the beauty of God's plan for family, LA archbishop tells synod

Oct 10, 2015 - 05:55 pm .- Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles addressed his fellow synod fathers on Saturday, encouraging the Church in sharing the beauty of the Creator's plan for creation, the human person, and the family.

From the synod: Mercy is not an abandonment of Church teaching

Oct 10, 2015 - 12:48 pm .- Mercy has emerged as a major theme in the synod of bishops, as discussion has moved forward with many participants emphasizing that while mercy is greatly needed, it must always be linked to truth.

Archbishop Chaput: We need more accurate translations of synod docs

Oct 7, 2015 - 04:00 pm .- The Synod of Bishops’ English-language translations are not always accurate and some synod fathers are worried about whether they will understand the synod’s final document before they vote on it, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said Wednesday.

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.

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