Family needed today as much as ever, synod official emphasizes

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2014 / 05:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The family is not an outdated model, and Catholics should defend it from the sins that call into question and often destroy the traditional family, the general rapporteur of the Synod of Bishops said Monday. Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest presented the 14-page “relatio ante disceptationem” at an Oct. 6 press conference. The relatio took into consideration the responses given a preliminary questionnaire which was … [Read more...]

Benedict could attend Paul VI beatification, spokesman reveals

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2014 / 02:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Retired pontiff Benedict XVI may take part to Paul VI's beatification Mass Oct. 19, revealed Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office.   Asked if the former Pope was expected to give his personal contribution to the two-week synod of bishops, Fr. Lombardi said during a press conference that “it is not expected that the Pope emeritus will take part in the synod, which is so committing and … [Read more...]

Be frank, humble – Pope Francis tells bishops at synod launch

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2014 / 07:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During the opening session for the extraordinary synod on the family, Pope Francis told participants not to be afraid of saying what they truly think, and that only by doing this can they reach real conclusions. “You have to say all that which in the Lord you feel you have to say: without human respect, without timidity,” the Pope told synod participants in his Oct. 6 opening remarks. “And, at the same time, you must … [Read more...]

Pope: Family needs Scripture to move forward in faith, hope

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2014 / 01:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- “In order for the family to proceed well, with faith and hope,” said Pope Francis to crowds in St. Peter's Square for the weekly Angelus address, “it needs to be nourished by the Word of God.” Helping to illustrate the Holy Father's words, all the pilgrims gathered in the Square had the opportunity to take home a copy of the Bible, courtesy of the Pauline Brothers who this year are celebrating the centenary … [Read more...]

Synod must serve God’s dream, not try to ‘take over,’ Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2014 / 08:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The work of the Synod on the Family is more than a discussion of ideals or a show of intelligence, but a means of realizing the Lord's plan through the pastoral care of the family, said Pope Francis. He reflected on this topic during his homily for Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica to inaugurate the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization, which runs from Oct. … [Read more...]

Vatican advocates sweeping protocol for Middle East peace

Vatican City, Oct 4, 2014 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin is urging a comprehensive road map for peace in Middle East during meetings between the region's papal nuncio top officials in his office.   Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, said the agenda included an opening address by Cardinal Parolin, an intervention by Israeli nuncio Archbishop Giorgio Lazzarotto, and a report by Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary … [Read more...]

Pope Francis before synod – listen to ‘beat’ of the times, keep eyes on Christ

Vatican City, Oct 4, 2014 / 01:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a prayer vigil set before the opening of the synod of bishops, Pope Francis said we must be attentive to the signs of the times to see the needs of the family by listening, being open and looking to the Lord. “To search for that which today the Lord asks of His Church, we must lend our ears to the beat of this time and perceive the ‘scent’ of the people today,” the Roman Pontiff told the thousands gathered for … [Read more...]


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