Synod on the Family

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Latvia turns heads in synod with strong witness of marriage

Oct 16, 2014

By Elise Harris

In synod discussions last week, the Baltic nation of Latvia caught the attention many synod fathers, who were keen to... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah in St. Peter's Square, March 24, 2013.

African cardinal: Pressure groups behind push to change Church teaching

Oct 16, 2014

Innacurate media reports about Church teaching on homosexuality published after the synod's midterm relatio are an attempt to pressure the... Read more

Press conference with Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn at the Holy See press office, Oct. 16, 2014.

Synod's small group reports released by Vatican

Oct 16, 2014

After the synod’s small groups released their reports Thursday asking for a substantial rewriting of the meeting's mid-term report, the... Read more

Selim and Rita El Khoury, Lebanese auditors to the Synod on the Family, speak to CNA Oct. 9, 2014.

Marriage and family issues facing Catholics are not all universal

Oct 16, 2014

By Elise Harris, Hillary Mast

The Synod on the Family has provided an opportunity for people to bring up issues concerning marriage and family life... Read more

Press conference at the Vatican Press Office on Oct. 15, 2014.

Bishops indicate swing towards rewrite of synod document

Oct 15, 2014

As the synod fathers' small groups continue to meet, it seems increasingly clear that the Synod of Bishops' concluding document,... Read more

Archbishop Bruno Forte of Chieti-Vasto, special secretary of the current Synod of Bishops.

How an incorrect translation of the synod report created chaos

Oct 15, 2014

An incorrect translation into English of the original midterm report of the Synod on the Family may have spurred controversial... Read more

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, O.F.M., of Durban, speaks at the Holy See press office Oct. 14, 2014.

Controversy prompts Vatican to clarify synod midterm

Oct 14, 2014

After a media frenzy and lively internal debate were both raised by the publication of the midterm relatio of the... Read more

A bishop reads a newspaper in the Vatican's Synod Hall.

Polish bishops join voices of concern over synod midterm

Oct 14, 2014

By Mary Farrow

The Polish bishops' conference voiced concerns Monday over the interim report released by the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the... Read more

Alice and Jeffrey Heinzen of La Crosse greet Pope Francis Oct. 10, 2014, one day after they addressed the Synod of the Family.

For synod auditors, God's plan for marriage best taught by living it out

Oct 14, 2014

By Hillary Mast

The American married couple who addressed the Synod of Bishops said daily life is where they first saw God’s plan... Read more

Death of St. Joseph, from the stained glass at St Martin parish in Florac, France.

Why isn't Saint Joseph patron of families yet? synod father asks

Oct 14, 2014

The archbishop of El Salvador's capital city, who is in Rome for the Oct. 5-19 Synod on the Family, has... Read more

Cardinals Donald Wuerl and Timothy Dolan leave the Vatican's Synod Hall, Oct. 10, 2014.

Extending an invitation: Synod prompts revamp in Church language

Oct 14, 2014

By Elise Harris

The need to develop a new way of communicating Church teaching in contemporary society emerged in synod discussions last week,... Read more

What kinds of family issues are important to a Nicaraguan bishop?

Oct 14, 2014

Gang violence, family separation and a “chauvinistic culture” that strains marriages are among the challenges facing families in parts of... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Here's why Church teaching on 'gay marriage' did not change today

Oct 13, 2014

By Mary Farrow

The Catholic blogosphere exploded Monday after the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops released a document summarizing last week’s discussion.    Read more

Bishop attend a session of the Synod on the Family at the Vatican, Oct. 10, 2014.

Synod interim report: the Church must renew commitment to family

Oct 13, 2014

The approach to irregular unions must start from positive aspects, and stable couples should be accompanied in a development toward... Read more

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville at the North American College in Rome, Oct. 8, 2014.

To Archbishop Kurtz, synod a confidence boost for married couples

Oct 12, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones, Alan Holdren

The Synod on the Family is an opportunity to assure married couples they can succeed at marriage despite the many... Read more

Participants begin to enter the Vatican's Synod Hall on Friday.

Americans help moderate synod discussions

Oct 11, 2014

The Synod of Bishops has begun breaking into small discussion groups, with Americans Cardinal Raymond Burke and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz... Read more

Syrian Christian refugees.

Sheer 'barbarism' against Middle East families must end

Oct 11, 2014

The Synod of Bishops on Friday denounced “barbaric” violence in the Middle East, saying the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt... Read more

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos.

Who leads the fight against gay discrimination in Nigeria? The Catholic Church, prelate says

Oct 11, 2014

By Ann Schneible

The Catholic Church in Nigeria has been at the forefront in fighting against discrimination towards persons with same-sex attraction, says... Read more

Bishops participate in the opening Mass of the 2014 extraordinary Synod on the Family in St. Peter's Basilica, Oct. 5, 2014.

Waiting for the decisive second half of the Synod on the Family

Oct 10, 2014

The Synod of Bishops on Friday entered its decisive second phase, with the formation of small groups which are to... Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.

Cardinal shines light on migration, marriage prep in family synod

Oct 10, 2014

By Ann Schneible

The effects of migration and poverty upon families, the pastoral care of children, the Eucharist in connection to our understanding... Read more