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Communion for divorced and remarried? Africa's bishops have other concerns, cardinal says

Feb 19, 2015 - 04:02 am .- A leading African cardinal says the continent's bishops want the upcoming Vatican synod to zero-in on strengthening the Church with good families – before getting sidetracked on other issues such as the contentious debate over allowing Communion for divorced and remarried couples.

What Cardinal Burke really said about 'resisting' Pope Francis

Feb 9, 2015 - 05:27 pm .- Cardinal Raymond Burke said he was “responding to a hypothetical situation” when he stated that he would resist any possible move by Pope Francis away from Catholic doctrine.

For Cardinal Baldisseri, consensus at the Synod of Bishops remains important

Feb 7, 2015 - 06:03 am .- Even though the 2014 Synod on the Family's final report included three paragraphs that failed to gain a consensus among the synod fathers, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishop maintains that the principle of consensus remains valid.

Pray – don't speculate – about the Vatican family synod, say novena organizers

Feb 6, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Amid concern over whether or not October's Synod on the Family will protect the Church's teaching on marriage, one lay initiative is calling upon Catholics to put their words to better use – and pray.

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).

Ghana priests shift focus to marriage prep, youth formation

Jan 30, 2015 - 02:21 am .- A national gathering of hundreds of priests in Ghana have resolved to become more involved with their parishioners through marriage preparation, family counseling, and educational youth formation.

Ahead of Synod, UK Catholics to venerate relics of St Therese's parents

Jan 16, 2015 - 05:06 pm .- Catholics in the Diocese of Portsmouth will have an invaluable opportunity this May to venerate the relics of St. Therese of Lisieux’s parents, a saintly married couple, ahead of the upcoming Synod on the Family.

'No human invention' – Marriage a divine plan, bishop says

Jan 5, 2015 - 01:28 pm .- Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has responded to Pope Francis' call for renewed commitment to the “Gospel of the Family” by releasing a pastoral letter on the special vocation and mission of the family.

Conference to consider the human element in Catholic family life

Jan 2, 2015 - 01:42 pm .- Catholic marriage preparation and pastoral care of the family in light of human nature will be the topic of an upcoming Rome conference that takes inspiration from the Extraordinary Synod on the Family.

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.

Synod document asks how can we improve pastoral care to families

Dec 10, 2014 - 02:04 am .- The Synod of Bishops announced Tuesday it had released its prepatory document for the 2015 Synod on the Family, asking that bishops avoid formulating pastoral care merely in terms based on doctrine.

Cardinal Scola: Pope Francis will stand with tradition on marriage

Dec 3, 2014 - 12:01 am .- In an interview with an Italian paper published on Tuesday, Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan stated that Pope Francis will not push the Church away from the understanding of marriage's indissolubility.

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.  

Repentance: A tough but true topic for divorced, remarried

Nov 20, 2014 - 11:40 am .- The divorced and remarried can receive absolution like any other member of the faithful, the Vatican's doctrinal office has affirmed: when they repent, in their case taking a firm resolution to abstain from sex with their new partner.

Church combats domestic violence in Arabian peninsula

Nov 19, 2014 - 12:02 am .- The family ministry office serving expatriate Catholics in the Arabian peninsula held a workshop last week to help end domestic violence by creating awareness and a change in attitudes.

A new love language: Post synod conference seeks ways to communicate truth of marriage

Nov 15, 2014 - 06:17 am .- One month after the intensely media-centric Synod on the Family, experts are gathering once again in the Vatican to explore man and woman's complementarity, using “new and creative language to speak to people where they are.”

US bishops elect delegates to synod: Kurtz, Chaput, DiNardo, Gomez

Nov 14, 2014 - 10:38 am .- Meeting in Baltimore for their annual fall meeting, the U.S. bishops have selected their choices for delegates to next year’s Synod on the Family, sources have confirmed to CNA.

Education to love: the real issue for the next Synod on the Family

Nov 12, 2014 - 02:03 am .- The lack of a proper 'education to love' is the major issue at stake with regard to family – being more compelling than the issues of the divorced and remarried or same-sex attracted persons, Msgr. Livio Melina has stressed.

US bishops say despite media hype, synod showed consensus

Nov 10, 2014 - 03:56 pm .- The U.S. bishops who attended the recent Synod on the Family have emphasized that while the media painted a picture of conflict, the synod fathers were actually united in support of Church teaching.

Cardinal Scola: Universities can play crucial role in family synod

Nov 9, 2014 - 04:37 pm .- Cardinal Angelo Scola holds that pontifical universities are the ideal place where issues at stake in the Synod of Bishops – which will discuss families next autumn – can be more deeply understood and developed.

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