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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Pope Francis asks for prayers ahead of synod discussion

Vatican City, Oct 4, 2015 / 04:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis stressed the role of spouses in generating children, and asked for prayers ahead of the synod discussions beginning tomorrow. The Pope opened his Oct. 4 address by noting how he had just celebrated Mass opening the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, which will reflect on the theme “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the modern world.” Set to last from … [Read more...]

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God’s dream for creation? The union of a man and woman, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 4, 2015 / 03:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis formally opened the synod of bishops Sunday, telling participants that the union between a man and woman is the foundation of God’s plan for the family, and a solution to the many forms of loneliness in today’s world. “This is God’s dream for his beloved creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of … [Read more...]

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