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Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his Dec. 10, 2014 general audience.

Family synod gets down to basics of marriage, Pope says

Dec 10, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his weekly general audience Pope Francis started a new catechesis on the family, and explained that discussion surrounding the... Read more

Pope Francis married 20 couples in St. Peter's Basilica on Sept. 14, 2014.

Pope: Church must improve marriage prep, strengthen families

Dec 8, 2014

Pope Francis in his latest interview reflected on October’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family, dismissing fears of doctrinal “collapse” while... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to journalists on the papal plane on his way to Strasbourg, France, Nov. 25, 2014.

Pope Francis speaks up on synod process – 'it isn't over'

Nov 30, 2014

By Elise Harris

In keeping with his usual tradition on papal trips, Pope Francis held an in-flight press conference on his way back... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the closing Mass of the Synod for the New Evangelization Oct 28, 2012.

Scholars: No, Benedict XVI doesn't support Kasper in Synod debates

Nov 25, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

A new volume of Benedict XVI's collected works includes an updated version of a 1972 essay in which he had... Read more

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville (File Photo/CNA).

Archbishop Kurtz: Want to strengthen families? Witness 'truths of the faith'

Nov 10, 2014

In responding to crises faced by modern families, the Church must work to restore hope and confidence that the call... Read more

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila celebrates Mass for the 20th annniversary of the Denver WYD Aug 15, 2013.

Archbishop Aquila: Media missed message of joy at synod

Oct 30, 2014

The joy of the Gospel of Marriage is alive, said Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, explaining that although the mainstream... Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols at the Vatican before the start of a session of the Synod on the Family, Oct. 10, 2014.

Cardinal Nichols clarifies, dispels media portrayals of synod

Oct 25, 2014

After returning from the 2014 Synod on the Family, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has clarified that the meeting was... Read more

Bishops at the 2012 Synod.

LGBT activist group hopes to influence family synod

Oct 14, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

The start of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family has triggered a wave of activism from well-funded LGBT activist groups... Read more

What kinds of family issues are important to a Nicaraguan bishop?

Oct 14, 2014

Gang violence, family separation and a “chauvinistic culture” that strains marriages are among the challenges facing families in parts of... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Here's why Church teaching on 'gay marriage' did not change today

Oct 13, 2014

By Mary Farrow

The Catholic blogosphere exploded Monday after the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops released a document summarizing last week’s discussion.    Read more

Syrian Christian refugees.

Sheer 'barbarism' against Middle East families must end

Oct 11, 2014

The Synod of Bishops on Friday denounced “barbaric” violence in the Middle East, saying the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt... Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.

Cardinal shines light on migration, marriage prep in family synod

Oct 10, 2014

By Ann Schneible

The effects of migration and poverty upon families, the pastoral care of children, the Eucharist in connection to our understanding... Read more

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

As violence ravages homeland, Nigerian bishop hopes in synod

Oct 8, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones, Alan Holdren

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

Oct 7, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Oct 7, 2014

By Elise Harris

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

Oct 6, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Oct 5, 2014

By Ann Schneible

“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

Oct 5, 2014

By Ann Schneible

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

Oct 3, 2014

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

Oct 3, 2014

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