Synod on the Family

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

'Justice and mercy cannot be separated': Three synod proposals emerge

As three proposals emerged from the synod of bishops to reform the process of marriage annulment, a participant in the... Read more

Paul VI, who will be beatified at the Synod on the Family's closing, issued his encyclical on the regulation of birth in 1968.

Backing 'Humanae vitae' a prime goal for bishops' synod

With Paul VI due to be beatified at the end of the Synod on the Family, his teaching on the... Read more

A vandalized St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Enugu, Nigeria.

As violence ravages homeland, Nigerian bishop hopes in synod

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, has high hopes for the outcome of the current bishops’ synod, noting the contributions... Read more

Christians displaced by the Islamic State who have sought refuge in Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq.

Pope's concern for Christians in Middle East emerges at family synod

In an unexpected move, Pope Francis added to the schedule of the upcoming consistory for the causes of saints a... Read more

Woman praying in Milan, Aug. 21, 2007.

How should the Church care for same-sex attracted people?

In what ways can the Church provide pastoral care for men and women of same-sex attraction that is compassionate and... Read more

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington speaks with CNA in Rome on Oct. 4, 2014.

Don't expect 'sound bite solutions' from synod, US cardinal says

While there will not be any quick fixes unveiled at this year’s synod, a fair amount of talk can be... Read more

Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest and general rapporteur of the Synod of Bishops, speaks at a June 26, 2014 press conference at the Vatican.

Family needed today as much as ever, synod official emphasizes

The family is not an outdated model, and Catholics should defend it from the sins that call into question and... Read more

Pope Francis greets bishops and clergy in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Oct. 1 2014.

Be frank, humble – Pope Francis tells bishops at synod launch

During the opening session for the extraordinary synod on the family, Pope Francis told participants not to be afraid of... Read more

We want Church truth on marriage, young Catholics say

It always bothered Grace Raun when she heard her college classmates saying “nobody waits anymore” for marriage, because she knew... Read more

Pope Francis rides through St. Peter's Square before his Wednesday General Audience, April 28, 2013.

Pope: Family needs Scripture to move forward in faith, hope

“In order for the family to proceed well, with faith and hope,” said Pope Francis to crowds in St. Peter's... Read more

Bishops from around the world gather for the inaugural Mass of the 2014 Synod on the Family.

Synod must serve God's dream, not try to 'take over,' Pope says

The work of the Synod on the Family is more than a discussion of ideals or a show of intelligence,... Read more

Cardinal Walter Brandmuller speaking on the upcoming Synod on the Family in his apartment in Rome, Oct. 1, 2014.

True pastoral work never contradicts doctrine, cardinal stresses

As bishops from around the world prepare to discuss pastoral solutions to various challenges surrounding the family, German Cardinal Walter... Read more

Pope Francis presides over an Oct. 4, 2014 prayer vigil for the Extraordinary Assembly for the Synod of Bishops on the Family.

Pope Francis before synod – listen to 'beat' of the times, keep eyes on Christ

In a prayer vigil set before the opening of the synod of bishops, Pope Francis said we must be attentive... Read more

Professor Fr. Robert Dodaro, OSA, President of Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, in Rome on Sept. 19, 2014.

Taking Gospel seriously on marriage is not 'rigid' – it's love

The editor of a high-profile book on marriage said that adhering to Christ’s Gospel teachings on divorce is not harsh... Read more

Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, preaches May 23, 2010.

Cardinal Kasper: Adultery language is offensive, insulting

In recent interviews, German Cardinal Walter Kasper suggested that while Church doctrine cannot change, it can be adapted and interpreted... Read more

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville takes part in a press conference at the USCCB's Fall General Assembly in Baltimore on Nov. 12, 2013.

Leading US bishop: Synod to help faithful embrace Church teaching

The upcoming Synod on the Family is a chance to support and accompany Catholic families as they learn to appreciate... Read more

 Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, speaks at the Vatican Press Office on June 26, 2014.

Vatican official says synod is 'about family, not divorce'

At a press conference revealing the official working calendar for the synod of bishops, the group's secretary general said the... Read more

 A session of the Synod on the New Evangelization, October 12, 2012.

'There is no authentic and true pastoral care against doctrine'

Despite media expectations for the upcoming synod of bishops, Pope Francis will make his final decisions in his legitimate role... Read more

Bishops walk through St. Peter's Square on their way to a Synod of Bishops held October, 2012.

The Synod on the Family: a look beyond the media hype

As the media centers upon the question of whether the Church will change its teaching regarding reception of the Eucharist... Read more

Bishops attend a 2012 synod.

Family synod an opportunity to support marriage, scholars urge

Law professors, family advocates and clergy have asked those participating in the upcoming synod of bishops to consider how best... Read more