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'There is no authentic and true pastoral care against doctrine'

Oct 3, 2014 - 02:15 am .- Despite media expectations for the upcoming synod of bishops, Pope Francis will make his final decisions in his legitimate role as Pope, and will certainly carry forward a line of renewal in continuity, an archbishop and historian has said.  

The Synod on the Family: a look beyond the media hype

Oct 2, 2014 - 05:01 pm .- As the media centers upon the question of whether the Church will change its teaching regarding reception of the Eucharist by those living in complex situations, there is a danger that many of the other, no less significant, issues may be falling to the wayside.

Family synod an opportunity to support marriage, scholars urge

Oct 1, 2014 - 04:07 am .- Law professors, family advocates and clergy have asked those participating in the upcoming synod of bishops to consider how best to help couples understand and live their marriages, in light of such negative family trends as divorce, cohabitation, and pornography.

Family life requires love of God, say married synod participants

Sep 30, 2014 - 10:58 pm .- A Brazilian couple who will speak at the upcoming Synod on the Family at the Vatican said they hope to convey the necessity of realizing God’s essential role in marriage and family life.  

Synod at heart of papal liturgies for month of October

Sep 30, 2014 - 05:00 am .- The schedule of liturgical celebrations over which Pope Francis will preside in October is mainly booked with events surrounding the synod of bishops, which culminates with the beatification of Pope Paul VI.

Marriage prep begins at home, Bishop Conley says

Sep 19, 2014 - 07:33 am .- Preparation for the sacrament of Holy Matrimony begins with family life in the home long before a couple has met, said Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb., and this fact cannot be overlooked in addressing the prevalence of divorce.  

Bishops' synod taking on a less formal tone under Pope Francis

Sep 10, 2014 - 12:02 am .- The upcoming synod of bishops on the family will be set on a more informal tune, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, wrote in an article published in the Sept. 10 issue of L'Osservatore Romano.

Bishops' synod head: October meeting not solely about divorce

May 21, 2014 - 03:57 am .- Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, has emphasized that the next synod will not be focused exclusively on the much-talked about issue of Communion for the divorced and remarried.

Paul VI to be beatified at close of synod on family

May 10, 2014 - 05:17 am .- The Vatican has announced that Pope Paul VI will be beatified this October at the conclusion of the synod of bishops on the family.

Archbishop Aquila: teaching on marriage must be rooted in Christ

May 2, 2014 - 04:46 pm .- As the Synod of Bishops on the Family draws closer, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver has offered a reflection for his brother bishops on the pastoral issue of proclaiming “the gospel marriage” of Christ to the world.

Pope urges families to pray for upcoming bishops’ synod

Feb 26, 2014 - 04:01 am .- In a letter written to families, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of family life in the Church, stating  their prayers are crucial for the upcoming synod which is dedicated to the unique challenges they face.

Pope prays for upcoming Synod of Bishops

Dec 29, 2013 - 05:26 am .- In his Angelus address given on the feast of the Holy Family, Pope Francis prayed especially for the approaching Synod of Bishops which will discuss pastoral challenges to the family.

Vatican releases preparatory document for synod on family

Nov 5, 2013 - 08:57 am .- At a press conference Tuesday, the Vatican released the official preparatory document on the upcoming synod of bishops on the family, revealing key topics of the meeting's discussion will focus on.

Vatican rejects claims of Pope 'polling' Catholics on marriage

Nov 4, 2013 - 02:46 pm .- The director of the Holy See press office has clarified that Pope Francis has not presented a questionnaire to Catholics worldwide to consult on homosexual unions and divorced persons, as some news outlets have reported.

Synod on family can help renew marriage, English bishop says

Oct 17, 2013 - 04:07 pm .- Next year’s synod on the family and evangelization is a chance to renew family life and the Catholic vision of marriage, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England has said.  

Devotion of next bishops' synod to family 'providential'

Oct 16, 2013 - 12:01 am .- The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, told CNA it was “providential” that Pope Francis has decided to devote the next synod of bishops to the family.

Debate over reforming synod of bishops stretches back decades

Oct 11, 2013 - 12:10 am .- The vision of reforming the synod of bishops, an effort undertaken by Pope Francis, goes back to at least Pope Paul VI, who had even broader ideas for the synod, according to a leading Vatican analyst.  

Next bishops' synod to explore pastoral care of family

Oct 8, 2013 - 10:55 am .- The Holy See press office has announced the date and theme of the upcoming Synod of Bishops, which is slated to occur next fall and will address the pastoral approach to family issues.

Pope confident bishops will keep improving dialogue

Jun 13, 2013 - 08:18 am .- Pope Francis said he trusts that bishops will continue to improve their dialogue and collaboration with him and with each other in their next general assembly.

Cardinal Wuerl says all Catholics called to personal conversion

Nov 7, 2012 - 12:04 am .- All Catholics are called to participate in the New Evangelization by renewing their own faith so that they can witness to those around them, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C.

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