HUGE NEWS! Here’s reporter, John Thavis, on the announcement.
Pope Francis has decided to devote the next Synod of Bishops to family pastoral issues, setting the stage for a far-ranging discussion that is likely to touch on questions concerning divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitation and annulments.
The synod will take place in October of 2014, and by then we may see other changes in the synod’s format that give its deliberations more weight.
Here is the report from the Official Vatican News Site.
This sounds like a profoundly exciting development. More as it comes in!