Synod on the Family - Latest News

Seminar speakers advocate change on Communion for the divorced-and-remarried

Aug 28, 2015 - 04:20 pm .- Earlier this year the Pontifical Council for the Family organized three seminars which gathered scholars to discuss marriage and family life in the run-up to the Synod on the Family being held in October.

Exclusive: Swiss Catholic money targets African bishops ahead of synod

Aug 21, 2015 - 03:04 am .- The Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund and a major U.S. foundation have helped fund an LGBT activist project intended to counter West African bishops at the Catholic Church’s Synod on the Family.

Eleven cardinals join forces to tackle marriage prep, family issues in pre-synod book

Aug 20, 2015 - 04:29 pm .- With the Synod of Bishops rapidly approaching, 11 cardinals have contributed to a small but important book offering a pastoral perspective of the issues at stake, while reaffirming the truth of the Gospel on family and marriage issues.

This cardinal sees no reason to expect the Family Synod to be outside Church teaching

Aug 19, 2015 - 06:03 am .- Only two months away from the beginning of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Cardinal Raúl Vela Chiriboga has said there is no room “to expect 'extraordinary things' from the synod, outside of the doctrine of the faith.”

The divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion, Colombian bishops affirm

Aug 12, 2015 - 06:01 am .- Two Colombian bishops indicated on Thursday that while the divorced and remarried are not excommunicated, that still doesn't mean they are able to receive Communion – in an attempt to clarify recent confusion.

Pope: Divorce and remarriage contradicts the sacrament, but Church always reaches out

Aug 5, 2015 - 09:28 am .- Echoing his predecessors on the need to care for divorced and remarried persons, Pope Francis said Christians should help these persons integrate into the community rather than treating them as though they are excommunicated.

'Shadow council' speaker pushes Church acceptance of contraception, gay sex

Jul 29, 2015 - 03:01 am .- Yes to contraception, homosexual acts, and Communion for the divorced and remarried – all considering the circumstances. No to understanding any acts as intrinsically evil.

Less 'euro-centric,' please – what African bishops want from the synod

Jul 22, 2015 - 06:02 am .- October's synod of bishops on the family should take on a global perspective, rather than sticking to isolated issues found primarily in western society, African Church leaders have said.

No controversy here – Pope sets record straight on family synod remarks

Jul 13, 2015 - 09:03 am .- During a press briefing on the return flight from South America, Pope Francis clarified that his call for prayer ahead of the upcoming Synod on the Family referred to today's family crisis generally – not, as some media have sources speculated, to “any point in particular.”

Pray that the family synod will deepen the Church's spiritual discernment, Pope asks

Jul 6, 2015 - 12:11 pm .- During a Mass said on Monday, the first full day of his visit to Ecuador, Pope Francis called for prayers that the upcoming Synod on the Family might discern the needs of the family, an institution irreplaceable to society.

Pope officially paves the way for Saint Therese's parents to be canonized

Jun 27, 2015 - 10:42 am .- Pope Francis formally approved on Saturday the decrees necessary for Blesseds Louis and Zelie Martin – known for being the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux – to be declared saints later this year.

For Archbishop Chaput, Vatican synod, Philly family meeting providentially linked

Jun 25, 2015 - 03:31 pm .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia sees a providential link between September’s World Meeting of Families and October’s Synod on the Family. As a participant in both, he says the fresh experience from Philadelphia will be on his mind as he enters the Vatican Synod hall mere weeks later.

Synod on the Family's working document sets the stage for spirited discussion

Jun 24, 2015 - 12:00 pm .- That the discussion at October's Synod on the Family is going to be a lively one is indicated by the fact that the most controversial paragraphs of the final report from last year's synod are included in the working document which was released Tuesday.

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.

Clearing up the confusion: New film sheds light on beauty, truth of marriage

Jun 21, 2015 - 04:03 pm .- Ahead of the highly anticipated Synod on the Family in October, many dioceses and Catholic media producers are finding new ways to ramp up their resources on marriage and family life.

Top US bishops unwavering in support of traditional marriage ahead of Synod

Jun 17, 2015 - 03:04 am .- In their spring general assembly held last week, just four months before the Synod on the Family in Rome, top U.S. bishops took a united stand in support of marriage and family life as the Church has always understood it.

Married couples to Catholic Church: Give us clear, positive teaching on marriage

Jun 14, 2015 - 04:34 pm .- Alice Heinzen was with her dad and siblings on a ski trip when she froze on top of what looked like a treacherous mountain path. Her dad was waiting at the bottom, and so were her other siblings – who had all fallen down along the way.

Pope Francis to parents: Do you believe in the beauty of love?

Jun 14, 2015 - 02:31 pm .- In an address on Sunday, Pope Francis asked parents if they believed in the beauty of the love God gives to a man and a woman, and told them to make sure their children see this love in little signs of affection.

Pope receives briefing on activities at Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts

Jun 10, 2015 - 02:01 am .- During his visit to the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts last week, Pope Francis was updated on the office's important work, which is focused on interpreting the laws of the Church.

Polish, Eastern Catholic bishops stand firm on pastoral care for families

Jun 9, 2015 - 06:01 am .- During recent meetings which were held separately, both the Polish bishops and the Eastern Catholic bishops from Europe have discussed the family in view of the upcoming Synod on the Family, and are likely to uphold Catholic pastoral care for families.

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