Pope Francis backs the new synod process in an unanticipated speech

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2015 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an unexpected speech at the synod on Tuesday, Pope Francis has stated that this gathering is in continuity with 2014 synod, which he said never called into question the Church's teaching on marriage. He also emphasized that the official documents of the 2014 synod are his two speeches, and its final report. The full text of the Holy Father's intervention has not made public, but Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Erdö’s emphatic defense of Church teaching marked synod’s first day

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2015 / 02:48 pm (National Catholic Register).- Monday, the first full day of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, was dominated by the introductory address of the synod’s general relator, Cardinal Peter Erdö of Esztergom-Budapest. The entire text of Cardinal Erdö's Oct. 5 speech was released only in Italian, but has been translated into English by the staff of Catholic News Agency. In his speech, Cardinal Erdö reasserted much of the … [Read more...]

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For UK archbishop, the plight of migrant families strikes a chord

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2015 / 02:38 pm (CNA).- As Europe continues to face mass migration from crisis zones, the synod discussions cannot ignore the weighty impact this crisis has on families, said U.K. Cardinal Vincent Nichols. “We should have the integrity of the family foremost in our minds,” the cardinal told CNA, speaking about the many families who have become separated by the migrant crisis. He cited as an example the trials of Middle Eastern migrants who have family … [Read more...]

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Full text of Cardinal Erdo’s introductory report for the Synod on the Family

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2015 / 10:26 am (CNA).- On Oct. 5, the opening day of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest -- who is the synod's relator general -- gave an introductory speech to the synod fathers. Drawing from the working document for the synod as well as recent magisterial documents, Cardinal Erdo surveyed the work the assembly is called to do. He examined current challenges to the family and marriage, the vocation of the family, and the family's … [Read more...]

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Full text of Cardinal Erdo’s introductory report for the Synod on the Family

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2015 / 10:26 am (CNA).- On Oct. 5, the opening day of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest -- who is the synod's relator general -- gave an introductory speech to the synod fathers. Drawing from the working document for the synod as well as recent magisterial documents, Cardinal Erdo surveyed the work the assembly is called to do. He examined current challenges to the family and marriage, the vocation of the family, and the family's … [Read more...]

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

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2015 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- There are no “spectacular revolutions” in the offing at the Synod of Bishops, and those expecting one will be disappointed, one of the three president delegates of Synod of Bishops said Monday in a press briefing. Cardinal André Vingt-Trois of Paris underscored that the “discussion at the synod was coloured, even filtered, by inaccurate media reports” but that “the Pope and the synod do not want to … [Read more...]

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A warning from Pope Francis: Don’t politicize the synod

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2015 / 08:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis opened the Synod on the Family with a reminder that it's not a forum whereby leaders come to an agreement, but a journey of openness to the Holy Spirit and “apostolic courage” against worldly temptations that can lead people away from the truth. “The synod is not a conference or a parlor, nor is it a parliament or a senate where we come to an agreement,” he said. Rather, it is the Church journeying … [Read more...]

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