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Synod on the Family begins Sunday

“Respect for every position, mutual charity and a genuinely constructive attitude” in the knowledge “that brotherly communion grows in freedom”. 

According to Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, this is the spirit that will bring to life the work of the Extraordinary Assembly which opens on Sunday, 5 October. The Cardinal presented the theme and methods at a press briefing on Friday, 3 October, highlighting that “it is important to express oneself clearly and with courage” because “to manifest one's thought” serves to enrich the debate and helps “to identify the pastoral choices most appropriate for the family in modern context”. He then expressed the hope that, through “calm and fair debate”, the participants may seek “the truth together” and that each would not “give precedence to” his own “point of view as exclusive”. The Cardinal also urged the press to “convey to the public the genuine content of the assembly”.

During the briefing several new information channels were also presented with respect to the work of the Synod, including a specific page on the Vatican website:

(; and on twitter: (@HolySeePress #Synod14).




St. Peter’s Square

Nov. 22, 2019