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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'

Oct 3, 2014

By Elise Harris

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'

Oct 3, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Oct 2, 2014

By Ann Schneible

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

Oct 1, 2014

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

Sep 30, 2014

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

Sep 30, 2014

By Elise Harris

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

US bishops invite faithful to pray for family synod

Sep 24, 2014

The U.S. bishops have asked Catholics to take part in a worldwide day of prayer on Sept. 28 for the... Read more

Bishop James Conley.

Marriage prep begins at home, Bishop Conley says

Sep 19, 2014

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

Sep 9, 2014

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

Archbishop Kurtz: Synod to draw on 'richness' of global Church

Jun 19, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

The president of the U.S. bishops' conference said that this autumn's synod on the family will reflect the cares and... Read more

Three Generation Family.

Path to synod is 'time of grace,' bishop says

Jun 15, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A Vatican official has said that the period before the upcoming bishops’ synods on the family will be a time... 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.

Synod on family is opportunity for teaching faith, archbishop says

Jun 13, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

A consultation regarding the upcoming synod on the family highlights the need for a better teaching of the faith, the... 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

May 10, 2014

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

May 2, 2014

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

Feb 26, 2014

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

Dec 29, 2013

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

Nov 5, 2013

By Elise Harris

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

Nov 4, 2013

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

Oct 17, 2013

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