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Synod of Bishops

 

The beginning of the Synod on Young People

The Fifteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, whose theme is “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment”, will open on Wednesday morning, ...

​Just as at the Council

Why has the Synod that just concluded stirred long unseen interests and passions, and not only within the Catholic Church? Surely, the theme of the ...

Broad horizons

A Church with broader horizons and which does not “rubberstamp”, but instead “draws from the sources of her faith living waters to refresh parched hearts”. ...

Listening and voting at the Synod

The work of the circuli minores concluded, and the 13 reports relating to the third part of the Instrumentum laboris were read in the 13th ...

With a mother’s gaze

With the tender gaze of mothers, the Synod embraced the testimonies of many families on Friday morning, 16 October, especially through the voices of 23 ...

Many pray for the Synod

Many people are praying for the Synod, following it as it unfolds, accompanying the Synod Fathers. On Wednesday afternoon, 14 October, at the opening of ...

In the heart of the Synod

The heart of the Synod is how several Synod Fathers defined the second part of the Instrumentum laboris, as it means to illustrate what the ...

From listening to discernment

The second round of circuli minores concluded on Tuesday afternoon, 13 October. The group meetings began on Monday morning to examine the second part of ...

Law and diplomacy to resolve conflicts

“In Syria, in Iraq, in Jerusalem and in the West Bank”, as well as in various “zones of the African continent”, the world is witnessing ...

‘Circuli minores’ conclude their work

At the Synod of Bishops on Thursday afternoon, 8 October, the 13 circuli minores concluded their work. The following morning they presented their reports regarding ...

With courage, humility and prayer

Opening oneself to the Holy Spirit with courage, humility and prayer: this is the working method Pope Francis indicated tot he Fathers who, on Monday ...

An open and participatory debate

The next Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to the theme of the family, will be structured in a way that allows ...

The vocation and mission of the family

Today the final list of participants was released for the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which will be held between 4-25 ...

​Challenges, vocation and mission of the family

The Instrumentum Laboris is not a definitive document, but a working tool; not a list of answers, but a summary of the perceptions and expectations ...

The Lineamenta of the 14th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

As was previously announced, the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be held on 4-25 October 2015 on the theme: “The ...

The Synod moves to its close

Yesterday evening, Thursday, 16 October, and this morning, Friday 17, were spent elaborating the relatio synodi and the final report. During the daily briefing on ...

Reports of the Circuli Minori are presented

The Synod Fathers have explicitly called for the publication of the reports of the ten Circuli Minori, presented on Thursday morning, 16 October, during the ...

The small groups examine the report

The post disceptationem report presented by Cardinal Erdő on Monday morning is “a working document, which summarizes the interventions and debate of the first week, ...

A brisk journey

After the first week of work and, thus the halfway point of the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod on the Family, the Secretary General, Cardinal ...

Close to the families victimized by war

We are close to families who are suffering due to conflicts and war, especially in Syria, Iraq and the entire Middle East. The Synod Fathers ...

Difficult pastoral situations

“Difficult pastoral situations” and “pastoral challenges regarding openness to life” were at the centre of the 6th and 7th General Congregations of the Synod of ...

A Consistory on the Middle East

A consistory dedicated to the Middle East, to take place the day after the close of the Synod. It will be held on 20 October ...

Eighty thousand flames

On Saturday evening, 4 October, approximately 80,000 people gathered in response to Pope Francis' invitation to the prayer vigil on the eve of the opening ...

In front of the relics of exemplary couples

A prayer in Chinese for the Synod Fathers, one in Filipino for the injured and those who have experience scandal, one in Portuguese for people ...

And then the work began

The Pope’s solicitation to “speak clearly” and “to listen with humility” in order to truly implement the “dynamic of synodality” was immediately welcomed in five ...

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, ...

The beauty of family

Why dedicate so many pages of the Holy See’s newspaper to names?Because these names correspond to the faces of the people around the world, who ...

To faithfully proclaim the gospel of Marriage

This coming October Pope Francis will convene an extraordinary synod dedicated to the “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization.” Interestingly, the ...

A universally recognized reality

The Gospel of the family; difficult family situations; challenges in Catholic upbringing and upbringing in general within the family. These are the three areas being ...

Peter and his brothers

It is necessary to revive the close relationship between the Pope and the bishops in the governance of the universal Church, searching for “ever deeper ...

The Synod is changing

The Synod of Bishops is in a process of transformation: changes in structure and in methodology with the intention of furthering the institution as “a ...

Synod on the family set for October 2014

Pope Francis has called for the third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which is to take place in the Vatican from 5-19 ...

On new roads

Family, human ecology, secularized anthropology. These are a few main themes which Pope Francis touched on in his audience on Thursday, 13 June, in the ...

The light that opens the eyes of man

“The urgent need to proclaim Christ anew in places where the light of faith has been weakened, in places where the fire of God is ...

Mission countries

It was at the end of a terrible summer of war when on 12 September 1943 in Lyons a little book came out. Its title ...

The Gospel in the world

They Synod is launching a concrete plan for the new evangelization. “The faith determines everything in the relationship that we build with the person of ...

Fifty seven propositiones presented

The delegation that Benedict XVI had arranged to send to Syria — to express, on his behalf and that of the Synod of Bishops, solidarity ...

A window on the world

The new evangelization succeeds to the extent in which faith lived in the Church as a personal experience of Jesus of Nazareth is revitalized. This ...

The reports from the small groups

With the reading of the reports by 12 small groups, the 17th Congregation of the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the New ...

A difficult path but one that's possible

Marvellous, difficult, possible. Three words to describe the Synod according to Cardinal John Tong Hon. And Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the youngest Synod Father, quickly added ...

In Syria on behalf of the Pope and of the Synod

Benedict XVI has arranged to send a delegation to Syria to express solidarity and closeness to the tormented people of that nation, both on behalf ...

Pontifical Diplomats for the new evangelization

The Pope has decided to call all nuncios, apostolic delegates and permanent observers back to Rome this upcoming June for the Year of Faith. “It ...

Starting off on the right foot

At the end of the first week of the Synod practical pastoral proposals have already emerged. However, in expectation of the conclusions what counts most ...

Contemplation as a revolution

The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Douglas Williams, Primate of All England and of the Anglican Communion, spoke during the Fifth General Congregation of the Synod ...

The fire of the Gospel

The Synod opened with a great concelebration in St Peter's Square. Beforehand Benedict XVI had proclaimed two new Doctors of the Church, including the fourth ...

Making evangelization concrete

Confessio and caritas are pillars of evangelization. The path of the new evangelization must run along these lines. Benedict XVI stressed this in his reflection ...

Time of the mission

“Go out to the whole world; proclaim the gospel to all creation” (Mk 16:15). With these words of the resurrected Lord Jesus, found in the ...

Record numbers at the Synod to launch the new evangelization

Record attendance at the Synod: 262 is the highest number of participants in the history of all the Assemblies, nine more than the last Ordinary ...

Two poets for the Synod

On October 7th the XIIIth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will open in Rome. It is dedicated to the crucial topic of ...

To transmit the Christian faith

It is neither a question of organization nor a strategic issue, nor even less a problem of the search for alternative models to the current ...

Responding to the signs of the times

On Friday, 4 March Archbishop Nikola Eterović, General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops presented the “Lineamenta” of the 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the ...

Resolved in faith and in doing good

On Monday, 20 December, in the Vatican’s Regia Hall, the Holy Father met with the College of Cardinals and with members of the Roman Curia ...

The Church evangelizes

On Sunday, 24 October, after presiding at Mass in St Peter's Basilica for the closing of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the ...

Peace is possible! Peace is urgent!

On Sunday, 24 October, in St Peter's Basilica, at the tomb of the Apostle Peter, the Holy Father Benedict XVI presided at the Solemn Concelebration ...

Truth opens the way to dialogue

On Saturday, 23 October, the Holy Father met with the Synod Fathers for a luncheon for the conclusion of the Synod of Bishops for the ...

The suffering and the hope of the Middle East

During the 14th General Congregation held on Friday 22 October, the Synod Fathers approved the Nuntius, the Message to the People of God, at the ...

United for a new dawn in the Middle East

On Monday morning, 18 October, during the Eleventh General Congregation focused on the “Relatio Post Disceptationem”, [report after the discussion]. The “Relatio” was read by ...

Understanding one another

During the Fifth General Congregation, on Wednesday afternoon, 13 October Rabbi David Rosen, Advisor to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Director of the Department for ...

The common commitment to peace

On Tuesday morning, 13 October the President of the Republic of Italy, the Honorable Mr Giorgio Napolitano, received a delegation from the Special Assembly for ...

Catholic Church in the Middle East

On Monday afternoon, 11 October, in the presence of the Holy Father, the Second General Congregation of the Special Assembly for the Middle East took ...

The present and future of the Church in the Middle East

On Friday morning, 8 October, in the John Paul II Hall at the Press Office of the Holy See, Archbishop Nikola Eterovi{l-cacute}, General Secretary of ...

New vigour to Christian witness in the Middle East

On Monday morning, 11 October, in the presence of the Holy Father, the First General Congregation of the Special Assembly for the Middle East took ...

The fall of the gods and the faith of the simple

On Monday morning, 11 October, after the celebration of Terce inaugurating the First General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, the ...

For peace and justice in the Middle East

On Sunday, 10 October, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, in St Peter's Basilica, at the Tomb of the Apostle Peter, the Holy Father Benedict XVI ...

From a different perspective

With an impressive meditation Benedict XVI introduced the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops. It opened yesterday, in St Peter's, ...

The Catholic Church in the Middle East: Communion and Witness

The Acts of the Apostles, highlighting the communion and witness of Christians as followers of Jesus Christ, speaks in two passages of the sharing of ...

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