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Cardinal George Pell celebrates Mass at the St. Lorenzo Youth Centre in Rome, Jan. 30, 2015.

Cardinal Pell responds to reports of synod letter

The text of a letter allegedly written by 13 cardinals to Pope Francis is inaccurate, said Cardinal George Pell, prefect... Read more

Cardinal Timonth Dolan speaks with bishops outside the Vatican's Synod Hall on Oct. 13, 2014.

Updated: Cardinal Dolan reportedly among concerned bishops who wrote Pope about synod

New York's archbishop is listed among the signatories in a letter last week to Pope Francis over whether this year's... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaks with CNA, Sept. 15, 2014.

Disunity in the Church is perilous, Archbishop Chaput cautions at synod

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia spoke to the synod fathers on Saturday on the importance of precision in language, particularly... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles speaks at the North American College, May 2, 2015.

Proclaim the beauty of God's plan for family, LA archbishop tells synod

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles addressed his fellow synod fathers on Saturday, encouraging the Church in sharing the beauty... Read more

Bishops exiting the Vatican's Paul VI Hall during the Synod on the Family, Oct. 9, 2015.

From the synod: Mercy is not an abandonment of Church teaching

Mercy has emerged as a major theme in the synod of bishops, as discussion has moved forward with many participants... Read more

Extraordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. Oct. 2014.

'Flawed, inadequate' – bishops skewer synod's working doc in new report

A controversial working document for the Vatican's synod on the family took a hard hit from numerous bishops who've called... Read more

Opening Mass for the synod of bishops on the family, Oct. 8, 2015.

African bishops throw swift punch at 'ideological colonization'

Heavy criticism of the West imposing secular values on Africa in exchange for aid emerged as a theme from the... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia greets Pope Francis at Independence Hall, Sept. 26, 2015.

Archbishop Chaput: We need more accurate translations of synod docs

The Synod of Bishops’ English-language translations are not always accurate and some synod fathers are worried about whether they will... Read more

Pope Francis embraces a baby during the general audience in St. Peter's square on Aug. 26, 2015.

What saves us from loneliness? Family! Pope Francis says

Family rescues us from indifference and loneliness and teaches us the essentials of life, Pope Francis said – adding that... Read more

Pope Francis attends the Synod on the Family, Oct. 5, 2015.

Pope Francis backs the new synod process in an unanticipated speech

In an unexpected speech at the synod on Tuesday, Pope Francis has stated that this gathering is in continuity with... Read more

Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, relator general of the Synod of Bishops, at a press briefing, Oct. 5, 2015.

Cardinal Erdö's emphatic defense of Church teaching marked synod's first day

Monday, the first full day of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, was dominated by the introductory address... Read more

For UK archbishop, the plight of migrant families strikes a chord

As Europe continues to face mass migration from crisis zones, the synod discussions cannot ignore the weighty impact this crisis... Read more

The opening assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Oct. 5, 2015.

Full text of Cardinal Erdo's introductory report for the Synod on the Family

On Oct. 5, the opening day of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest -- who... Read more

Archbishop Bruno Forte, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, Cardinal Peter Erdo, and Fr. Federico Lombardi at the press briefing on the Synod on the Family, Oct. 5, 2015.

Paris archbishop says 'there will be no spectacular revolution at the synod'

There are no “spectacular revolutions” in the offing at the Synod of Bishops, and those expecting one will be disappointed,... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday General Audience in St Peter's Square on May 20, 2015.

A warning from Pope Francis: Don't politicize the synod

Pope Francis opened the Synod on the Family with a reminder that it's not a forum whereby leaders come to... Read more

Pope Francis prays the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Oct. 4, 2015.

Pope Francis asks for prayers ahead of synod discussion

In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis stressed the role of spouses in generating children, and asked for prayers ahead... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the opening Mass for the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family Oct. 4, 2015.

God's dream for creation? The union of a man and woman, Pope says

Pope Francis formally opened the synod of bishops Sunday, telling participants that the union between a man and woman is... Read more

A wax figure of St. Therese of Lisieux.

The relics of St Therese, and her parents, will be displayed throughout the synod

Glass cases with the relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux and her parents, Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, will be... Read more

Prayer vigil before the 2015 Synod on the Family October 3, 2015.

Pope tells Synod Fathers to learn from the Holy Family

Pope Francis on Saturday presided over a candlelight vigil for the Synod on the Family, calling on the Synod Fathers... Read more

Opening Session of the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican on Oct. 6, 2014.

Gay Catholics tell synod to promote chastity – for everyone

Same-sex attracted Catholics who have turned away from a homosexual lifestyle are urging participants at the upcoming Synod on the... Read more