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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.

Archbishop Cupich will attend synod, Vatican source says

Aug 7, 2015 - 12:35 pm .- Originally selected as an alternate synod delegate, Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago will in fact be an attendee at the Vatican gathering on the family this fall, a Vatican source told CNA.

Cardinal: Divorced, remarried Catholics need support for conversion, not changes on Communion

Jun 11, 2015 - 05:04 pm .- Catholics who have divorced and remarried need help for the “difficult climb” of conversion and spiritual growth, not a change in Church practice on the reception of Holy Communion, a prominent cardinal said.

Pope: Church must improve marriage prep, strengthen families

Dec 8, 2014 - 04:23 pm .- Pope Francis in his latest interview reflected on October’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family, dismissing fears of doctrinal “collapse” while considering difficult topics like marriage preparation and the treatment of divorced and remarried Catholics.  

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.  

Scholars: No, Benedict XVI doesn't support Kasper in Synod debates

Nov 25, 2014 - 02:49 am .- A new volume of Benedict XVI's collected works includes an updated version of a 1972 essay in which he had suggested that the divorced and remarried could receive Communion – but the Pope had long since abandoned that position, scholars noted.

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.  

LGBT activist group hopes to influence family synod

Oct 15, 2014 - 12:48 am .- The start of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family has triggered a wave of activism from well-funded LGBT activist groups in the U.S. who are targeting “outspoken” Catholic bishops in hopes of changing Catholic practice and moral doctrine.  

What kinds of family issues are important to a Nicaraguan bishop?

Oct 14, 2014 - 02:11 am .- Gang violence, family separation and a “chauvinistic culture” that strains marriages are among the challenges facing families in parts of Latin America, said a bishop from Nicaragua.  

Here's why Church teaching on 'gay marriage' did not change today

Oct 13, 2014 - 04:59 pm .- The Catholic blogosphere exploded Monday after the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops released a document summarizing last week’s discussion.  

Sheer 'barbarism' against Middle East families must end

Oct 11, 2014 - 03:35 pm .- The Synod of Bishops on Friday denounced “barbaric” violence in the Middle East, saying the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt offers a sign of hope and reconciliation for all families suffering due to armed conflict.  

Cardinal shines light on migration, marriage prep in family synod

Oct 10, 2014 - 04:32 am .- The effects of migration and poverty upon families, the pastoral care of children, the Eucharist in connection to our understanding of marriage: these are a few of the themes which Cardinal Vincent Nichols, archbishop of Westminster, hopes to see raised during the Synod on the Family currently underway in the Vatican.  

As violence ravages homeland, Nigerian bishop hopes in synod

Oct 8, 2014 - 04:46 pm .- Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, has high hopes for the outcome of the current bishops’ synod, noting the contributions of the African Church despite extreme violence and other local struggles.  

Don't expect 'sound bite solutions' from synod, US cardinal says

Oct 7, 2014 - 03:13 am .- While there will not be any quick fixes unveiled at this year’s synod, a fair amount of talk can be expected on the application of the Church’s pastoral practice, predicted Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington.  

Pope: Family needs Scripture to move forward in faith, hope

Oct 5, 2014 - 01:55 pm .- “In order for the family to proceed well, with faith and hope,” said Pope Francis to crowds in St. Peter's Square for the weekly Angelus address, “it needs to be nourished by the Word of God.”  

Leading US bishop: Synod to help faithful embrace Church teaching

Oct 3, 2014 - 03:49 pm .- The upcoming Synod on the Family is a chance to support and accompany Catholic families as they learn to appreciate the Church’s Scripture-based teachings on marriage and family, said the head of the U.S. bishops’ conference.  

'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.  

US bishops invite faithful to pray for family synod

Sep 24, 2014 - 04:50 am .- The U.S. bishops have asked Catholics to take part in a worldwide day of prayer on Sept. 28 for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family.  

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