Archive of October 16, 2015

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.

Why one Irish archbishop has a special devotion to the Little Flower family

Oct 16, 2015 - 02:53 pm .- As members of one Martin family are about to be canonized on Sunday, another Martin family prepares to celebrate in Rome.

A tough synod topic: the 'silent martyrdom' of incest, abuse in families

Oct 16, 2015 - 11:02 am .- Violence, incest and sexual abuse within the family were among the issues addressed by synod fathers in their most recent talks, as well as the Church's role in bringing light to difficult situations.

Pope Francis makes secret stop at new dorms for Rome's homeless

Oct 16, 2015 - 04:42 am .- After last night’s synod session Pope Francis didn’t go back to his residence at the St. Martha house as usual, but instead decided to pop by the Vatican’s new dormitory for homeless men.

Men and women are complementary – but what does that look like in practice?

Oct 16, 2015 - 03:25 am .- The idea that men and women are different and complementary has been part of the Catholic Church from its beginning.

Caritas Pakistan marks 50 years of service in South Asia

Oct 16, 2015 - 12:08 am .- Hundreds of Catholics in Pakistan gathered last month for a Mass of Thanksgiving which kicked off celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Caritas Pakistan, part of the worldwide confederation of Catholic relief organizations.