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Here's what the US bishops were most impressed with at the Synod

Nov 17, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Most bishops at the recent Synod on the Family agreed that the Church should minister to married couples long after their wedding day, said a U.S. bishop who served as a delegate at the global meeting.

Archbishop Chaput: In Philly and in synod, support for Francis is obvious

Oct 19, 2015 - 09:38 am .- In an Oct. 19 interview, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that despite an implied assertion in America Magazine over the weekend, no synod father is an “opponent” of Pope Francis.  

For German bishops mercy comes at a price, critics charge

Oct 19, 2015 - 02:54 am .- As controversy continues to swirl around proposals by the German bishops at the Synod on the Family, the German bishops themselves have faced heightened criticism in recent years.

What will the Synod’s final document look like?

Oct 16, 2015 - 09:49 pm .- As the second week of the synod draws to a close, it remains to be seen what the final product from the global meeting of bishops will be.  

At synod, Cardinal Marx openly promotes Communion for divorced-and-remarried

Oct 16, 2015 - 05:23 pm .- After years of both direct and indirect remarks on the subject, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx issued his most direct statement yet in favor of offering Communion to the divorced-and-remarried.

Are those who strive for virtue the new minority? Cardinal Dolan thinks so

Oct 13, 2015 - 01:05 pm .- Married couples who endure hardships together; gay men and women trying to live chastely; engaged couples who choose not to cohabitate. What do all these people have in common?

Diverse synod groups united in concern over 'gender ideology'

Oct 13, 2015 - 12:46 am .- Despite the significant differences among the 13 small groups that are discussing the working document at the Synod on the Family, the majority are in agreement that gender ideology poses a serious challenge for families in the modern world.

Cardinal Pell responds to reports of synod letter

Oct 12, 2015 - 01:39 pm .- The text of a letter allegedly written by 13 cardinals to Pope Francis is inaccurate, said Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy, adding that the contents of private documents should remain private.  

Pope tells Synod Fathers to learn from the Holy Family

Oct 3, 2015 - 12:39 pm .- Pope Francis on Saturday presided over a candlelight vigil for the Synod on the Family, calling on the Synod Fathers to listen to families, including the Holy Family, over the course of their deliberations.

Ahead of the synod, LGBT activists lobby bishops. Here's what they want.

Oct 2, 2015 - 03:08 pm .- As the Synod on the Family approaches, a well-funded LGBT activist coalition is lobbying bishops to revive controversial language from the debates of the 2014 extraordinary synod.

What to expect from this year's synod of bishops

Oct 2, 2015 - 10:57 am .- As the synod’s schedule and methodology were rolled out ahead of its launch this weekend, some novelties came along with it, such as no midterm report and a heightened emphasis on the small groups.

As synod approaches, Nigerian bishops speak up for the family

Sep 28, 2015 - 05:04 pm .- Nigeria’s bishops closed their latest assembly with a view toward the upcoming Synod on the Family, re-affirming the family while warning about LGBT activism.

Cardinal Sarah: efforts to 'soften' Christ's teaching ignore the Good News of mercy

Sep 23, 2015 - 05:32 pm .- Efforts to ‘soften’ Christian teaching on the family are not a solution for those wounded by sin, Cardinal Robert Sarah, a native of the west African country of Guinea, told the World Meeting of Families on Wednesday.

How marriage prep is failing Catholics, and what we can do about it

Sep 18, 2015 - 04:02 am .- The Church needs to seriously consider changing the way it approaches marriage preparation say John and Claire Grabowski, a couple who serve on the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Was the last synod 'rigged'? Tell-all book lets the reader decide

Sep 5, 2015 - 12:00 pm .- A new book about the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family alleges evidence of a hidden agenda pushed by a handful of bishops in positions of influence.

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.  

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