Synod on the Family

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Marienplatz square in Munich, Germany.

A crisis in the German church? Synod questionnaire would suggest so

May 2, 2015

By Carl Bunderson

The Synod of Bishops began receiving in April responses to a questionnaire that had been sent to dioceses the world... Read more

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier speaks at the Vatican Press Office on Oct. 14, 2014.

Kasper is not the 'Pope's theologian,' says leading African cardinal

Apr 9, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A top African cardinal says that German cardinal Walter Kasper – who's stirred controversy over his views promoting Communion for... Read more

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

In open letter, 500 British priests ask Synod to stand firm on Church teaching

Mar 30, 2015

In an unusual move, nearly 500 British priests signed an open letter urging the fathers of the upcoming Synod on... Read more

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller in St. Peter's Basilica at the installation Mass of Bishop Maurizio Malvestiti on Oct. 12, 2014.

Bishops conferences are not the Magisterium, Vatican doctrine chief reminds Cardinal Marx

Mar 26, 2015

By Carl Bunderson

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has told a French paper that doctrinal,... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his March 25, 2015 general audience.

Pope Francis on the family synod: 'We need prayers, not gossip'

Mar 25, 2015

By Elise Harris

During his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke about the gift and call of the Christian family, and urged attendees... Read more

Cardinals talk after the consistory on November 24, 2012 in St. Peter's Basilica.

German prelate breaks rank with Cardinal Marx, insists on fidelity to Rome

Mar 24, 2015

A German cardinal has publicly opposed the words of two other German bishops who have suggested that the nation’s Church... Read more

March Madness? Put aside that fifth bracket and tackle Church teaching, bishop urges

Mar 18, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Many challenges to families need addressing today, including perhaps too much attention given to college basketball’s “March Madness,” and not... Read more

A Bishop reads a newspaper in the Vatican's Synod Hall before the Friday session of the Synod on the Family, Oct. 10, 2014.

Scholar from JPII Institute on marriage, family to advise helmsman of 2015 Synod

Mar 14, 2015

By Ann Schneible

As the church prepares for the 2015 Synod on the Family, one of the newly-named advisers to the synod of... Read more

Communion Wafers.

Communion for divorced and remarried? Africa's bishops have other concerns, cardinal says

Feb 19, 2015

A leading African cardinal says the continent's bishops want the upcoming Vatican synod to zero-in on strengthening the Church with... Read more

Cardinal Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, speaks with CNA in Rome on Sept. 15, 2014.

What Cardinal Burke really said about 'resisting' Pope Francis

Feb 9, 2015

Cardinal Raymond Burke said he was “responding to a hypothetical situation” when he stated that he would resist any possible... Read more

A cardinal peruses the news in the Vatican's Synod Hall during the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Oct. 10, 2014.

For Cardinal Baldisseri, consensus at the Synod of Bishops remains important

Feb 7, 2015

Even though the 2014 Synod on the Family's final report included three paragraphs that failed to gain a consensus among... Read more

Eucharistic Adoration.

Pray – don't speculate – about the Vatican family synod, say novena organizers

Feb 6, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Amid concern over whether or not October's Synod on the Family will protect the Church's teaching on marriage, one lay... Read more

A Bishop reads a newspaper in the Vatican's Synod Hall before the Friday session of the Synod on the Family Oct. 10, 2014.

Archbishops Chaput, Gomez confirmed participants in Synod on the Family

Jan 31, 2015

By Ann Schneible

The Vatican has confirmed the participation of 48 delegates chosen by bishops' conferences to take part in this year's Synod... Read more

Ghana priests shift focus to marriage prep, youth formation

Jan 30, 2015

A national gathering of hundreds of priests in Ghana have resolved to become more involved with their parishioners through marriage... Read more

Relics of Blesseds Louis and Zelie Martin, parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, in a reliquary at St. Patrick's, Columbus.

Ahead of Synod, UK Catholics to venerate relics of St Therese's parents

Jan 16, 2015

Catholics in the Diocese of Portsmouth will have an invaluable opportunity this May to venerate the relics of St. Therese... Read more

'No human invention' – Marriage a divine plan, bishop says

Jan 5, 2015

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has responded to Pope Francis' call for renewed commitment to the “Gospel of the Family”... Read more

Conference to consider the human element in Catholic family life

Jan 2, 2015

Catholic marriage preparation and pastoral care of the family in light of human nature will be the topic of an... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his Dec. 10, 2014 general audience.

Family synod gets down to basics of marriage, Pope says

Dec 10, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his weekly general audience Pope Francis started a new catechesis on the family, and explained that discussion surrounding the... Read more

Participants in the 2014 Synod on the Family depart the Vatican's Synod Hall.

Synod document asks how can we improve pastoral care to families

Dec 10, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Synod of Bishops announced Tuesday it had released its prepatory document for the 2015 Synod on the Family, asking... Read more

Pope Francis says the opening Mass of the 2014 Synod on the Family in St. Peter's Basilica, Oct. 5, 2014.

Cardinal Scola: Pope Francis will stand with tradition on marriage

Dec 3, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In an interview with an Italian paper published on Tuesday, Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan stated that Pope Francis will... Read more