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

Pope Francis backs the new synod process in an unanticipated speech

Oct 6, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Oct 6, 2015

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

Oct 6, 2015

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

Archbishop Bruno Forte, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, Cardinal Peter Erdo, and Fr. Federico Lombardi at the press briefing on the Synod on the Family, Oct. 5, 2015.

Paris archbishop says 'there will be no spectacular revolution at the synod'

Oct 5, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

There are no “spectacular revolutions” in the offing at the Synod of Bishops, and those expecting one will be disappointed,... Read more

A wax figure of St. Therese of Lisieux.

The relics of St Therese, and her parents, will be displayed throughout the synod

Oct 3, 2015

Glass cases with the relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux and her parents, Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, will be... Read more

Prayer vigil before the 2015 Synod on the Family October 3, 2015.

Pope tells Synod Fathers to learn from the Holy Family

Oct 3, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis on Saturday presided over a candlelight vigil for the Synod on the Family, calling on the Synod Fathers... Read more

Ahead of the synod, LGBT activists lobby bishops. Here's what they want.

Oct 2, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

As the Synod on the Family approaches, a well-funded LGBT activist coalition is lobbying bishops to revive controversial language from... Read more

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

What to expect from this year's synod of bishops

Oct 2, 2015

By Elise Harris

As the synod’s schedule and methodology were rolled out ahead of its launch this weekend, some novelties came along with... Read more

Christians in Nigeria. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Maiduguri.

As synod approaches, Nigerian bishops speak up for the family

Sep 28, 2015

Nigeria’s bishops closed their latest assembly with a view toward the upcoming Synod on the Family, re-affirming the family while... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.

Cardinal Sarah: efforts to 'soften' Christ's teaching ignore the Good News of mercy

Sep 23, 2015

Efforts to ‘soften’ Christian teaching on the family are not a solution for those wounded by sin, Cardinal Robert Sarah,... Read more

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How marriage prep is failing Catholics, and what we can do about it

Sep 18, 2015

By Mary Farrow

The Church needs to seriously consider changing the way it approaches marriage preparation say John and Claire Grabowski, a couple... Read more

Bishops at the Vatican's Synod Hall during the 2014 Synod on the Family.

How might the new annulment process affect the Synod on the Family?

Sep 10, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

By reforming the process for discovering the nullity of marriage on Tuesday, mere weeks before the beginning of October's Synod... Read more

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

Was the last synod 'rigged'? Tell-all book lets the reader decide

Sep 5, 2015

By Matt Hadro

A new book about the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family alleges evidence of a hidden agenda pushed by a... Read more

Swiss francs.

Exclusive: Swiss Catholic money targets African bishops ahead of synod

Aug 21, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

The Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund and a major U.S. foundation have helped fund an LGBT activist project intended to counter... Read more

Participants begin to enter the Vatican's Synod Hall before the Friday session of the Synod on the Family, Oct. 10, 2014.

Eleven cardinals join forces to tackle marriage prep, family issues in pre-synod book

Aug 20, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

With the Synod of Bishops rapidly approaching, 11 cardinals have contributed to a small but important book offering a pastoral... Read more

Archbishop Blase Cupich at installation Mass at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago on Nov. 17, 2014.

Archbishop Cupich will attend synod, Vatican source says

Aug 7, 2015

Originally selected as an alternate synod delegate, Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago will in fact be an attendee at the... Read more

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

Synod guiding document: families need the Church's message of mercy

Jun 23, 2015

By Elise Harris

The document set to guide this year’s synod discussions on the family touches on hot-button issues such as homosexuality and... Read more

The Eucharist is distributed during Mass with Pope Francis in Rome's Campo Verano cemetery for All Saints Day on Nov. 1, 2013.

Cardinal: Divorced, remarried Catholics need support for conversion, not changes on Communion

Jun 11, 2015

Catholics who have divorced and remarried need help for the “difficult climb” of conversion and spiritual growth, not a change... Read more

A Bishop reads a newspaper in the Vatican's Synod Hall before the Friday session of the Synod on the Family, Oct. 10, 2014.

Scholar from JPII Institute on marriage, family to advise helmsman of 2015 Synod

Mar 14, 2015

By Ann Schneible

As the church prepares for the 2015 Synod on the Family, one of the newly-named advisers to the synod of... Read more

A Bishop reads a newspaper in the Vatican's Synod Hall before the Friday session of the Synod on the Family Oct. 10, 2014.

Archbishops Chaput, Gomez confirmed participants in Synod on the Family

Jan 31, 2015

By Ann Schneible

The Vatican has confirmed the participation of 48 delegates chosen by bishops' conferences to take part in this year's Synod... Read more