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Pope Francis speaks to Italian bishops' conference meeting in Rome on May 24, 2021.

Pope Francis encourages Italian bishops as the conference begins ‘synodal journey’

The pope gave unscripted remarks as he opened the Italian bishops’ spring assembly on May 24, speaking to a conference... Read more

Irish flag.

Ireland’s Catholic bishops announce national synodal assembly

Ireland’s Catholic bishops have announced that they will hold a national synodal assembly “within the next five years.” Read more

Cardinal Mario Grech, Secretary General of Synod of Bishops. Credit: Diocese of Gozo (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Cardinal Grech to Irish bishops: ‘A synodal process promises an ecclesial springtime’

Cardinal Mario Grech told Irish bishops that embarking on a “synodal process” could lead to an “ecclesial springtime.”  Read more

St. Paul’s Cathedral in Minnesota.

As Minnesota synod begins, archbishop says Church is listening

The Catholic Church in Saint Paul and Minneapolis has begun a series of “prayer and listening events” to help prepare... Read more

St. Paul’s Cathedral in Minnesota.

Archdiocese of Saint Paul-Minneapolis announces synod

Minnesota’s largest diocese will hold a synod— a meeting designed to help the bishop shepherd his local flock— during Pentecost... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.

Archbishop Chaput highlights voices of young adults ahead of synod

In an effort to highlight the voices of young people ahead of the Synod on Youth this fall, Archbishop Charles... Read more

World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, July 2016.

Vatican encourages youth participation in pre-synod meeting via Facebook

As the pre-synod gathering on youth approaches, Vatican organizers are inviting young people around the globe to join in the... Read more

Pre-Synodal meeting at the Holy See Press Office on February 16, 2018.

Youth look forward to sharing hopes, concerns in pre-synod meeting

Ahead of the pre-synod meeting set to take place next month, several young participants voiced excitement to meet with peers... Read more

Young people at World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, July 2016.

Young adult delegates to pre-synod gathering span vocations

The U.S. bishops have selected the young adult delegates who will represent the country at the pre-synod gathering in Rome... Read more

Bishops gathered with the Pope at the 2014 Synod on the Family.

Report: US bishops choose delegates for 2018 Synod

Meeting in Baltimore for their annual fall meeting, the U.S. bishops have selected their choices for delegates to next year’s... Read more

Youth ministry must reflect young people’s diversity, US cardinal says

Young people are not a singular mass, and ministry to them must reflect their diversity, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square Sept. 28, 2016.

Pope to Canadian youth: Let Christ lead you in the adventure of life

In a video message to participants in a youth forum in Canada, Pope Francis told young people to meet Jesus... Read more

Opening Mass for the Assembly of Synod of the Bishops on the Family on Oct. 4, 2015.

Millennials: Do you have something to say to the bishops? Here's your chance

The General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops announced the launch of a new website for the upcoming synod on... Read more

US bishops: Next synod must address disillusioned, indifferent youth

Next year’s synod, which will focus on young people, must address their most pressing problems, including indifference and disillusionment, U.S.... Read more

Extraordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. Oct. 2014.

Here's what the US bishops were most impressed with at the Synod

Most bishops at the recent Synod on the Family agreed that the Church should minister to married couples long after... Read more

Pope Francis with Archbishop Charles Chaput at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 24, 2015.

Archbishop Chaput: In Philly and in synod, support for Francis is obvious

In an Oct. 19 interview, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that despite an implied assertion in America Magazine over... Read more

For German bishops mercy comes at a price, critics charge

As controversy continues to swirl around proposals by the German bishops at the Synod on the Family, the German bishops... Read more

Inside the Synod Hall during the meeting of bishops and cardinals on Oct. 14, 2015.

What will the Synod’s final document look like?

As the second week of the synod draws to a close, it remains to be seen what the final product... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx at the Vatican Press Office on Oct. 17, 2014.

At synod, Cardinal Marx openly promotes Communion for divorced-and-remarried

After years of both direct and indirect remarks on the subject, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx issued his most direct statement... 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