Walk alongside your people, Pope Francis tells bishops at synod’s close

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2015 / 05:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Sunday officially brought the Synod on the Family to a close at Mass in St. Peter’s, warning against a “spirituality of illusion,” and reminding pastors of their duty to accompany the faithful and be bearers of God’s mercy especially in times of suffering and conflict. “Jesus’ disciples are called to this, even today, especially today: to bring people into contact with the compassionate … [Read more...]

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Final synod document strongly backs Church teaching, beauty of family life

Vatican City, Oct 24, 2015 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With a two-thirds majority vote, the more than 200 bishops gathered for the Vatican's synod on the family supported Church teaching on hot-button issues such as homosexuality and communion for divorced and remarried persons. The Vatican's synod on the family was opened by Pope Francis Oct. 4, and it will close Oct. 25. This year's event follows the theme “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Synod was about affirming family, indissoluble marriage

Vatican City, Oct 24, 2015 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the conclusion of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Pope Francis emphasized that the gathering had been about recognizing that society is founded on the family and marriage as the permanent union of one man and one woman. The synod, the Pope said in his closing message, “was about urging everyone to appreciate the importance of the institution of the family and of marriage between a man and a woman, based on unity and … [Read more...]

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Gay Catholic to Synod: Please protect teaching on homosexuality

Vatican City, Oct 23, 2015 / 02:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With the pastoral care of homosexual persons on the agenda of the Synod on the Family, one man with same-sex attraction has appealed to the synod fathers to protect the Church's teaching on this issue. “I would love (the synod fathers) to know that we exist, that we are so concerned that culture is going to change the truth in the Catholic teachings about same-sex attraction,” said Paul Darrow in a recent interview with … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to youth: the Bible can change your life. Now read it!

Vatican City, Oct 23, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Bible is so dangerous that some Christians risk persecution to have one. But for Pope Francis, its life-changing role in daily life is important too. “The Bible is not meant to be placed on a shelf, but to be in your hands, to read often – every day, both on your own and together with others,” he wrote in the prologue to a Bible for youth in Germany. He encouraged young people to read the Bible together the way … [Read more...]

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The problem of porn – are bishops talking about it?

Vatican City, Oct 23, 2015 / 04:06 am (CNA).- It hasn't gotten a lot of media coverage so far, but the rampant effects of pornography on families worldwide have sparked concern and dialogue among the synod's bishops – particularly the Americans. “Porn demeans the best in the male spirit. It addicts them to a kind of cheap junk food, when real women with minds and hearts, beliefs and hopes, are much more interesting,” Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia told CNA … [Read more...]

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The saint and the synod – John Paul II’s legacy still seen in Church teaching

Vatican City, Oct 22, 2015 / 03:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Though it has been more than 10 years since the death of Pope John Paul II, the saint’s impact can still be seen in those working to uphold Church teaching at the Synod on the Family, said his former secretary. “The teaching of the magisterium of the Church and of John Paul II is always current,” said Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki of Lviv. He told CNA that the words and writings of St. John Paul II are being … [Read more...]

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