Synod on the Family

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Pope Francis speaks to journalists on the papal plane on his way to Strasbourg, France, Nov. 25, 2014.

Pope Francis speaks up on synod process – 'it isn't over'

In keeping with his usual tradition on papal trips, Pope Francis held an in-flight press conference on his way back... Read more

Repentance: A tough but true topic for divorced, remarried

The divorced and remarried can receive absolution like any other member of the faithful, the Vatican's doctrinal office has affirmed:... Read more

Migrant workers participate in group discussion at the We Abhor Violence Everywhere seminar in Ras al-Khaimah, UAE, Nov. 14, 2014.

Church combats domestic violence in Arabian peninsula

The family ministry office serving expatriate Catholics in the Arabian peninsula held a workshop last week to help end domestic... Read more

Marriage rings.

A new love language: Post synod conference seeks ways to communicate truth of marriage

One month after the intensely media-centric Synod on the Family, experts are gathering once again in the Vatican to explore... Read more

Bishops and cardinals participate in the 2014 Synod on the Family, Oct. 6, 2014.

US bishops elect delegates to synod: Kurtz, Chaput, DiNardo, Gomez

Meeting in Baltimore for their annual fall meeting, the U.S. bishops have selected their choices for delegates to next year’s... Read more

Education to love: the real issue for the next Synod on the Family

The lack of a proper 'education to love' is the major issue at stake with regard to family – being... Read more

The U.S. bishops' 2013 General Assembly.

US bishops say despite media hype, synod showed consensus

The U.S. bishops who attended the recent Synod on the Family have emphasized that while the media painted a picture... Read more

Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan speaks to CNA at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, Nov. 6, 2014.

Cardinal Scola: Universities can play crucial role in family synod

Cardinal Angelo Scola holds that pontifical universities are the ideal place where issues at stake in the Synod of Bishops... Read more

Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia in Rome, Sept. 15, 2014.

USA Today corrects inaccurate report on Archbishop Chaput, synod

The newspaper USA Today has corrected an erroneous report that claimed Archbishop Charles Chaput criticized the recent extraordinary Synod on... Read more

Synod fathers at the Vatican, Oct. 10, 2014.

Vatican releases official English translation of synod's final report

Now released in English, the Synod of Bishop's final relatio reveals a more positive tone regarding the family called for... Read more

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington arrives at the Vatican's Synod Hall during the Synod on the Family, Oct. 10, 2014.

How one cardinal proposes to correct ignorance of marriage's nature

According to the Archbishop of Washington, the recent Synod on the Family worked to address the challenge that many young... Read more

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila celebrates Mass for the 20th annniversary of the Denver WYD Aug 15, 2013.

Archbishop Aquila: Media missed message of joy at synod

The joy of the Gospel of Marriage is alive, said Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, explaining that although the mainstream... Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols at the Vatican before the start of a session of the Synod on the Family, Oct. 10, 2014.

Cardinal Nichols clarifies, dispels media portrayals of synod

After returning from the 2014 Synod on the Family, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has clarified that the meeting was... Read more

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay.

Interreligious marriage: a look at the synod from India's perspective

While some countries face family issues such as divorce and polygamy, the synod’s Indian participants have voiced concern for interreligious... Read more

Hands Together, by Vera Kratochvil.

Church teaching on sexuality is simple, but not easy, priest says

When it comes to human sexuality, one of the predominant themes being discussed by participants at the Extraordinary Synod on... Read more

Pope Francis departs the Vatican's Synod Hall, Oct. 16, 2014.

Pope Francis' closing synod speech received with standing ovation

Pope Francis' address at the conclusion of the Synod on the Family, delivered Saturday, was responded to with a four-minute... Read more

Opening session of the Synod of Bishops, Oct. 6, 2014.

Synod's final report shows nuance on homosexuality, remarriage

The synod’s final report, released Saturday, presents substantial changes with respect to the much discussed midterm report, especially regarding homosexual... Read more

Opening session of the Synod of Bishops, Oct. 6, 2014.

Synod fathers laud miracle of conjugal love in final message

In their message to the faithful, the synod fathers praised the life-giving love between a man and a woman, which... Read more

Officials of the Synod on the Family at the Holy See press office, Oct. 16, 2014.

Synod small groups want more positivity, less ambiguity

The synod’s small groups released their conclusions regarding the meeting’s mid-term report on Thursday, calling for clarification of several phrases... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising in Rome, March 12, 2013.

Amid criticism, Cardinal Marx supports synod's midterm report

Even though the Synod on the Family's midterm relatio was widely criticized by the bishops' small groups, Cardinal Reinhard Marx... Read more