Synod on the Family

The Latest

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

Oct 2, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

As the Synod on the Family approaches, a well-funded LGBT activist coalition is lobbying bishops to revive controversial language from... Read more

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

What to expect from this year's synod of bishops

Oct 2, 2015

By Elise Harris

As the synod’s schedule and methodology were rolled out ahead of its launch this weekend, some novelties came along with... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, who authored one of the essays in "Christ's New Homeland - Africa".

These African pastors want to maintain Christ's love, and truth, at the synod

Oct 2, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Ten prelates from Africa have stood up against a pastoral approach to new challenges to marriage and the family that... Read more

Woman with prayer candles.

This event hopes to bring the voice of chaste, gay Catholics to the Synod

Oct 1, 2015

By Ann Schneible

An upcoming international conference in Rome is hoping to give a face to those with same-sex attrac-tion living in accord... Read more

Sonia Maria Crespo de Illingworth, author of the thank you letter to Pope Francis, speaks at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

Families tell Pope Francis 'thank you' with a renewed commitment to marriage

Sep 30, 2015

In response to Pope Francis’ ongoing encouragement of marriage, an Ecuadorian lay woman has penned a simple thank you letter... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in Philadelphia, greeted by Archbishop Chaput on September 26, 2015.

After the Pope's visit – an exclusive interview with Archbishop Chaput

Sep 29, 2015

By Michelle La Rosa

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia hosted Pope Francis in his highly-anticipated first visit to the United States. As the dust... Read more

Christians in Nigeria. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Maiduguri.

As synod approaches, Nigerian bishops speak up for the family

Sep 28, 2015

Nigeria’s bishops closed their latest assembly with a view toward the upcoming Synod on the Family, re-affirming the family while... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to journalists on his flight from Philadelphia to Rome Sept. 27, 2015.

Pope: Communion for divorced, remarried isn't the only synod issue

Sep 28, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis told journalists on board his flight to Rome that giving communion to divorced and remarried Catholics is a... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.

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

Sep 23, 2015

Efforts to ‘soften’ Christian teaching on the family are not a solution for those wounded by sin, Cardinal Robert Sarah,... Read more

Copyright SunKids via

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

Sep 18, 2015

By Mary Farrow

The Church needs to seriously consider changing the way it approaches marriage preparation say John and Claire Grabowski, a couple... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience Sept. 9, 2015.

Churches, families must be places of welcome, Pope says

Sep 9, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis Wednesday spoke of the bond which must exist between families and the Christian community, stressing that the Church,... Read more

Bishops walk through St. Peter's Square on their way to synod meetings on the New Evangelization Oct 13 2012.

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

Sep 5, 2015

By Matt Hadro

A new book about the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family alleges evidence of a hidden agenda pushed by a... Read more

Archbishop Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, which sponsored seminars where scholars suggested admitting the divorced-and-remarried to Communion.

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

Aug 28, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Earlier this year the Pontifical Council for the Family organized three seminars which gathered scholars to discuss marriage and family... Read more

Swiss francs.

Exclusive: Swiss Catholic money targets African bishops ahead of synod

Aug 21, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

The Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund and a major U.S. foundation have helped fund an LGBT activist project intended to counter... Read more

Participants begin to enter the Vatican's Synod Hall before the Friday session of the Synod on the Family, Oct. 10, 2014.

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

Aug 20, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

With the Synod of Bishops rapidly approaching, 11 cardinals have contributed to a small but important book offering a pastoral... Read more

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

Aug 19, 2015

Only two months away from the beginning of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Cardinal Raúl Vela Chiriboga has said... Read more

The divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion, Colombian bishops affirm

Aug 12, 2015

Two Colombian bishops indicated on Thursday that while the divorced and remarried are not excommunicated, that still doesn't mean they... Read more

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

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

Aug 5, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Echoing his predecessors on the need to care for divorced and remarried persons, Pope Francis said Christians should help these... Read more

Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University, where the May 25 secretive gathering was held.

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

Jul 29, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Yes to contraception, homosexual acts, and Communion for the divorced and remarried – all considering the circumstances. No to understanding... Read more

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

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

Jul 22, 2015

By Elise Harris

October's synod of bishops on the family should take on a global perspective, rather than sticking to isolated issues found... Read more