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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.

USA Today corrects inaccurate report on Archbishop Chaput, synod

Nov 7, 2014 - 05:09 pm .- The newspaper USA Today has corrected an erroneous report that claimed Archbishop Charles Chaput criticized the recent extraordinary Synod on the Family, rather than misleading media coverage of the event.

Vatican releases official English translation of synod's final report

Oct 31, 2014 - 03:54 pm .- Now released in English, the Synod of Bishop's final relatio reveals a more positive tone regarding the family called for by the synod’s small groups, as well as greater clarity on phrases that generated confusion in the midterm relatio.

How one cardinal proposes to correct ignorance of marriage's nature

Oct 30, 2014 - 03:50 pm .- According to the Archbishop of Washington, the recent Synod on the Family worked to address the challenge that many young people today don’t fully understand the nature of marriage.

Archbishop Aquila: Media missed message of joy at synod

Oct 30, 2014 - 02:47 am .- The joy of the Gospel of Marriage is alive, said Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, explaining that although the mainstream media may have missed the message at the recent Synod on the Family, Pope Francis’ remarks were “especially clear.”  

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.  

Interreligious marriage: a look at the synod from India's perspective

Oct 19, 2014 - 05:01 pm .- While some countries face family issues such as divorce and polygamy, the synod’s Indian participants have voiced concern for interreligious marriages, which pose pastoral concerns across Asia.

Church teaching on sexuality is simple, but not easy, priest says

Oct 19, 2014 - 05:02 am .- When it comes to human sexuality, one of the predominant themes being discussed by participants at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family pertains to the certainty that truth and mercy cannot be separated.

Pope Francis' closing synod speech received with standing ovation

Oct 18, 2014 - 04:15 pm .- Pope Francis' address at the conclusion of the Synod on the Family, delivered Saturday, was responded to with a four-minute standing ovation on the part of the bishops attending the Vatican meeting.

Synod's final report shows nuance on homosexuality, remarriage

Oct 18, 2014 - 03:38 pm .- The synod’s final report, released Saturday, presents substantial changes with respect to the much discussed midterm report, especially regarding homosexual persons and the divorced and remarried.

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