Read: Full text of Pope Francis Homily at the Mass marking the closure of the Synod meeting 2015

Pope Francis at the end of the Synod meeting said the following in his homily to conclude the long ran 2015 Family Synod meeting that have been in full sitting since 4th of October and ended 25th of October. Below are his message: “The three Readings for this Sunday show us God’s compassion, his fatherhood,… Continue reading Read: Full text of Pope Francis Homily at the Mass marking the closure of the Synod meeting 2015

God wants Church to make ‘journey of synodality’, says Pope

Pontiff makes major address on 50th anniversary of the Synod of Bishops Pope Francis has outlined his vision for a Church that is “synodal” at every level, with everyone listening to each other, learning from each other and taking responsibility for proclaiming the Gospel. Marking the 50th anniversary of the Synod of Bishops, the Pope… Continue reading God wants Church to make ‘journey of synodality’, says Pope

Let’s show more love for the marginalised, says archbishop

‘If we are going to really accompany people, we have to first of all engage them,’ says Archbishop Cupich The Archbishop of Chicago has told reporters that something his mother once said might give the family synod a way to balance the need to affirm Church teaching while reaching out to those who are struggling. Archbishop Blase Cupich said… Continue reading Let’s show more love for the marginalised, says archbishop

Infertility leads to trauma and broken marriages, says Nigerian bishop

Bishop says for couples in Africa the pain of childlessness is ‘beyond anything I can say’ Married couples need more help in dealing with infertility and childlessness, which is “one of the major causes of divorce in Africa”, a Nigerian member of the Synod of Bishops on the family has said. Bishop Jude Arogundade of… Continue reading Infertility leads to trauma and broken marriages, says Nigerian bishop

The Church must ‘learn the pathway of tough love’, says Cardinal Nichols

The cardinal called for love which is ‘compassionate’ and ‘honest’ during synod intervention Cardinal Vincent Nichols has said that the Church must practice “tough love” when it comes to the family. In an intervention during the Synod on the Family last week, Cardinal Nichols said: “Most families never withdraw a loving welcome home, even when… Continue reading The Church must ‘learn the pathway of tough love’, says Cardinal Nichols

Thirteen cardinals express concern over new synod rules in letter to Pope

Pope Francis reportedly responded to the letter by underlining support for procedures Thirteen cardinals wrote to Pope Francis at the start of the family synod expressing concerns about new procedures, it has emerged. Three of the cardinals who signed the letter, published in full by Sandro Magister, have prominent roles in the synod. Cardinal Péter… Continue reading Thirteen cardinals express concern over new synod rules in letter to Pope

English synod group B’s report: full text

The full report of Circulus Anglicus ‘B’ The group recognised that the purpose of part I was not simply to repeat the analysis of last year’s Synod. It was felt, however, that the analysis of the difficulties which the family faces was too negative. We look at what emerged in the reflection of the Church… Continue reading English synod group B’s report: full text

English synod group C’s report: full text

The full report of Circulus Anglicus ‘C’ The Catholic Church presents a fascinating interplay of diversity and unity. In that sense, our journey through the week has been deeply Catholic, deeply ecclesial. We have spoken in different ways of our different experiences of marriage and the family; yet a profound sense of why they matter… Continue reading English synod group C’s report: full text

Letters from the Synod: October 8, 2015

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops DISQUISITIONS …being thoughts on Synod 2015 from various observers An unexploded bomb in the Instrumentum Laboris? With the Synod on the Family well underway in Rome, considerable attention has been given (and not only in the media)… Continue reading Letters from the Synod: October 8, 2015

Pope Francis’s homily at the family synod’s opening Mass: full text

‘The Church is called to carry out her mission in fidelity, truth and love,’ says Pontiff “If we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us” (1 Jn 4:12). This Sunday’s Scripture readings seem to have been chosen precisely for this moment of grace which the Church is experiencing:… Continue reading Pope Francis’s homily at the family synod’s opening Mass: full text

Pope Francis’s address at family synod prayer vigil: full text

Dear Families, Good evening! What good is it to light a little candle in the darkness?  Isn’t there a better way to dispel the darkness? Can the darkness even be overcome? At some points in life – this life so full of amazing resources – such questions have to be asked. When life proves difficult… Continue reading Pope Francis’s address at family synod prayer vigil: full text

Letters from the Synod: October 2, 2015

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops DISQUISITIONS …being thoughts on Synod 2015 from various observers ​What Might Be Said at the Synod – I ​As has been noted previously in this space, there are “issues beneath the issues” at Synod 2015. Many of… Continue reading Letters from the Synod: October 2, 2015

Catholics worldwide are urged to ‘adopt a synod father’

Catholics urged to pray for participants during three-week gathering in Rome Catholics around the world are being urged to “adopt a synod father”. By emailing the website adoptasynodfather.org they will be sent the name of a synod father to pray for the duration of the family synod, which begins this Sunday. The synod will last… Continue reading Catholics worldwide are urged to ‘adopt a synod father’