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A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vaticans Apostolic Palace.

In latest meeting, Synod of Bishops finalizes preparatory doc for 2018

The Synod of Bishops met in Rome this week to finalize the preparatory document and questionnaire that will form the... Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the International Congress of vocation ministry in Vatican City, Oct. 21, 2016.

Pope Francis: Where are vocations from? An encounter with God

When it comes to promoting vocations in the Church, Pope Francis said it all begins with an encounter with God... Read more

Pope Francis arrives to meet with youth at Kasarani stadium in Kenya on Nov. 27, 2015.

Youth, discernment Pope's pick for next synod theme

The theme for the 2018 Synod of Bishops has been released, and will focus on how to best teach the... Read more

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

Pope Francis' post-synod doc to be released April 8

The Vatican announced Thursday that Pope Francis’ highly anticipated post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the gifts and challenges of family life... Read more

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

Archbishop Chaput named as one of new members on synod council

On Saturday the names of the 15 cardinals and bishops chosen to prepare for the next synod were announced by... Read more

Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles.

Bishop Robert Barron to academics: debate Ross Douthat, don't dodge him

Bishop Robert Barron has weighed in amid a media controversy after the Synod on the Family, saying some academic critics... Read more

Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas speaks with CNA, Feb. 13, 2015.

Strengthen marriage with truth and mercy, Venezuela's Cardinal Urosa tells synod

Both truth and mercy can be found in consistent Catholic teaching on marriage, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas told... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, at the Vatican, Feb. 10, 2015.

Cardinal Sarah says the Christian family counters both Islamic, Western extremism

Cardinal Robert Sarah has told the Synod of Bishops they should respond to the twin threats of Western and Islamic... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising at a press conference held by German bishops at the Teutonic College in Rome, Oct. 5, 2015.

Read today's report from the German small group at the Synod

Read below the full text of the report released Wednesday by the German-speaking small group at the Synod on the... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York at a Mass of diaconal ordination said at St. Peter's Basilica, Oct. 1, 2015.

Are those who strive for virtue the new minority? Cardinal Dolan thinks so

Married couples who endure hardships together; gay men and women trying to live chastely; engaged couples who choose not to... Read more

Pope Francis together with Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Nov. 19, 2014.

Synod letter leak was intended 'to sow strife', says Cardinal Müller

Cardinal Gerhard Müller spoke with an Italian daily on Tuesday about the synod and about a letter allegedly sent to... Read more

Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan speaks with EWTN.

Polish archbishop: Unless we recognize sin, Christ’s incarnation is meaningless

In a wide-ranging and hard-hitting interview with EWTN Germany, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, president of the Polish bishops' conference,... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising (L) speaks at a press conference held by German bishops at the Teutonic College, Oct. 5, 2015.

How the 'shadow council' is trying to influence the Synod on the Family

When the first week's reports of the 13 small groups at the Synod on the Family were released on Friday,... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaks with CNA, Sept. 15, 2014.

Disunity in the Church is perilous, Archbishop Chaput cautions at synod

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia spoke to the synod fathers on Saturday on the importance of precision in language, particularly... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles speaks at the North American College, May 2, 2015.

Proclaim the beauty of God's plan for family, LA archbishop tells synod

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles addressed his fellow synod fathers on Saturday, encouraging the Church in sharing the beauty... Read more

Bishops exiting the Vatican's Paul VI Hall during the Synod on the Family, Oct. 9, 2015.

From the synod: Mercy is not an abandonment of Church teaching

Mercy has emerged as a major theme in the synod of bishops, as discussion has moved forward with many participants... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia greets Pope Francis at Independence Hall, Sept. 26, 2015.

Archbishop Chaput: We need more accurate translations of synod docs

The Synod of Bishops’ English-language translations are not always accurate and some synod fathers are worried about whether they will... Read more

Pope Francis attends the Synod on the Family, Oct. 5, 2015.

Pope Francis backs the new synod process in an unanticipated speech

In an unexpected speech at the synod on Tuesday, Pope Francis has stated that this gathering is in continuity with... Read more

Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, relator general of the Synod of Bishops, at a press briefing, Oct. 5, 2015.

Cardinal Erdö's emphatic defense of Church teaching marked synod's first day

Monday, the first full day of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, was dominated by the introductory address... Read more

The opening assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Oct. 5, 2015.

Full text of Cardinal Erdo's introductory report for the Synod on the Family

On Oct. 5, the opening day of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest -- who... Read more