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October 3, 2018 - The opening day of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

Synod document calls for ‘participatory, co-responsible’ Church

Oct 27, 2018

The final document of the Synod of Bishop’s fifteenth general session was approved by the members and released late Saturday.... Read more

A pilgrim prays the Rosary in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience with Pope Francis. Oct. 29, 2014.

Youth synod final document addresses 'all types of abuse'

Oct 27, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The prevention of sex abuse and abuse in all its forms is a topic of the 2018 Synod of Bishops’... Read more

Archbishop David Macaire at a Vatican press conference Oct. 22.

Synod bishop: 'John Paul II guided me through my youth'

Oct 22, 2018

By Courtney Mares

On the feast of Saint John Paul II, one synod bishop reflected on how the Polish pope inspired generations of... Read more

Synod of Bishops press briefing Oct. 10, 2018.

Who will draft the youth synod's final report?

Oct 10, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The 2018 Synod of Bishops has selected a group of bishops and priests who will draft the synod’s final document... Read more

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney at a Vatican press conference Oct. 5.

Youth synod bishop apologizes to young people on behalf of Church leaders

Oct 5, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney apologized to young people on behalf of Church leaders in a speech at the Synod... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaks at the Vatican, March 25, 2014.

Archbishop Chaput to youth synod: Developed nations stuck in a 'moral adolescence'

Oct 4, 2018

While the idea of being “forever young” can seem appealing, the underdevelopment of morality is a problem in developed nations,... Read more

 Pope Francis greets Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in Vatican City during the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Sq

Archbishop Chaput tells synod to announce Christ not ‘ideologies and social sciences’

Oct 4, 2018

Archbishop Charles Chaput told the Synod of Bishops that the confidence to announce the truth of the faith is essential... Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki celebrating Mass at the tomb of St. John Paul II in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 4.

Youth synod bishop: The world is rich in technology & poor in principles

Oct 4, 2018

By Courtney Mares

A Polish archbishop participating in the Vatican synod on youth said Thursday that today’s young people have benefited from technological... Read more

Pope Francis opens the Synod of Bishops on youth Oct. 3, 2018.

Pope invites bishops to be open to new opinions during synod

Oct 3, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Wednesday told those bishops and auditors who will be giving short speeches – called “interventions” – at the... Read more

Youth synod deserves in-depth Catholicism, not LGBT lobbying, critics say

Sep 20, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

A coalition of secular and dissenting Catholic LGBT groups aims to influence the Church’s upcoming Synod on Young People by... Read more

Pope Francis greets youth pilgrims at Santo Tomas University in Manila on Jan. 18, 2015.

Youth to meet with Pope Francis during October synod

Sep 18, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Synod of Bishops announced Tuesday that the upcoming assembly of bishops will include a meeting of young people with... Read more

A meeting of bishops in Rome, May 2018.

Pope Francis approves new constitution for Synod of Bishops

Sep 18, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a new apostolic constitution, Pope Francis has reformed the Synod of Bishops and created a mechanism for the assembly’s... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Cupich, Tobin appointed by Pope Francis to October synod on young people

Sep 17, 2018

Pope Francis has appointed several Americans to participate in October’s Vatican synod on young adults, the faith, and vocational discernment.... Read more

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth.

English bishop requests Extraordinary Synod on life, ministry of clergy

Aug 22, 2018

Bishop Philip Egan of the Diocese of Portsmouth, in southern England, has written to the pope asking him to convene... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, May 2, 2018.

Francis appoints four presidents delegate for youth synod

Jul 16, 2018

Pope Francis appointed Saturday four cardinals as presidents delegate to the synod on youth, which will meet at the Vatican... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.

Archbishop Chaput highlights voices of young adults ahead of synod

May 24, 2018

In an effort to highlight the voices of young people ahead of the Synod on Youth this fall, Archbishop Charles... Read more

World Youth Day in Krakow, July 2016.

Working document approved for synod on youth

May 9, 2018

By Elise Harris

After a two-day meeting in Rome, the governing council of the Vatican office for the Synod of Bishops approved the... Read more

Young people listen to Pope Francis at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome, April 8, 2017.

US pre-synod delegates: Youth need authentic Catholic witnesses

Mar 22, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The United States delegates to a pre-synod gathering in Rome this week have said they think young Catholics in the... Read more

People attending Mass with Pope Francis at the Catholic Sanctuary of the Martyrs, Namugongo, Uganda, Nov. 28, 2015.

African youth bring zeal to pre-Synod gathering

Mar 21, 2018

By Elise Harris

Several young people from across Africa have voiced their excitement at being able to participate in the Vatican's pre-synod meeting,... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Jan. 31, 2018.

Pope encourages young people to ask tough questions at pre-synod launch

Mar 19, 2018

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis opened this week's pre-synod meeting telling youth to hold nothing back and to have the courage to ask... Read more