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 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

Arturo and Hermelinda de Sa Zamperline.

Family life requires love of God, say married synod participants

A Brazilian couple who will speak at the upcoming Synod on the Family at the Vatican said they hope to... Read more

Pope Francis greets one of the 34 metropolitan archbishops to receive the pallium on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul in St. Peter's Basilica on June 29, 2013.

Synod at heart of papal liturgies for month of October

The schedule of liturgical celebrations over which Pope Francis will preside in October is mainly booked with events surrounding the... Read more

Bishop James Conley.

Marriage prep begins at home, Bishop Conley says

Preparation for the sacrament of Holy Matrimony begins with family life in the home long before a couple has met,... Read more

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, speaks at the Vatican press office, June 26, 2014.

Bishops' synod taking on a less formal tone under Pope Francis

The upcoming synod of bishops on the family will be set on a more informal tune, the secretary general of... Read more

Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops.

Bishops' synod head: October meeting not solely about divorce

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, has emphasized that the next synod will not be focused... Read more

Vatican City - October 2, 2013: St. Peter's Basilica, October 2, 2013.

Paul VI to be beatified at close of synod on family

The Vatican has announced that Pope Paul VI will be beatified this October at the conclusion of the synod of... Read more

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila.

Archbishop Aquila: teaching on marriage must be rooted in Christ

As the Synod of Bishops on the Family draws closer, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver has offered a reflection for... Read more

Pope Francis greets a family of pilgrims in St. Peter's Square, Dec. 4, 2013.

Pope urges families to pray for upcoming bishops’ synod

In a letter written to families, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of family life in the Church, stating  their... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Dec. 4, 2013.

Pope prays for upcoming Synod of Bishops

In his Angelus address given on the feast of the Holy Family, Pope Francis prayed especially for the approaching Synod... Read more

Cardinal Peter Erdo, relator general of the 2014 Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on pastoral challenges to the Family at a Nov. 5 press release.

Vatican releases preparatory document for synod on family

At a press conference Tuesday, the Vatican released the official preparatory document on the upcoming synod of bishops on the... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi in the Vatican Press Office Feb 26, 2013.

Vatican rejects claims of Pope 'polling' Catholics on marriage

The director of the Holy See press office has clarified that Pope Francis has not presented a questionnaire to Catholics... Read more

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth.

Synod on family can help renew marriage, English bishop says

Next year’s synod on the family and evangelization is a chance to renew family life and the Catholic vision of... Read more

Archbishiop Vincenzo Paglia, April 16, 2013.

Devotion of next bishops' synod to family 'providential'

The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, told CNA it was “providential” that Pope Francis... Read more

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

Debate over reforming synod of bishops stretches back decades

The vision of reforming the synod of bishops, an effort undertaken by Pope Francis, goes back to at least Pope... Read more

Next bishops' synod to explore pastoral care of family

The Holy See press office has announced the date and theme of the upcoming Synod of Bishops, which is slated... Read more

Bishops walk through St. Peter's Square on their way to synod meetings about the New Evangelization on Oct. 13, 2012.

Pope confident bishops will keep improving dialogue

Pope Francis said he trusts that bishops will continue to improve their dialogue and collaboration with him and with each... Read more