Monthly Archives: October 2014

Cardinal Baldisseri tells British MPs: family gospel ‘key to a more missionary Church’

The following is a reflection given yesterday by the Vatican official with overall responsibility for the synod, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, to a group of British parliamentarians in the company of the British ambassador to the Holy See, Nigel Baker (see his blogpost here). While … Continue reading

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Extraordinary Synod final report: English translation of the relatio synodi

What follows is the official English translation of the Relatio Synodi, the concluding report of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops, which was voted on by 183 synod fathers at the conclusion of the meeting in Rome on 19 October. Also published, … Continue reading

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From the synod (11): Pope’s speech following vote

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] Last night, the synod fathers voted overwhelmingly in favour of a revised relatio, although three paragraphs out of 62 failed to reach a two-thirds majority, thereby showing the need for further discernment and discussion on … Continue reading

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From the synod (10): relatio set for approval this afternoon

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] In stark contrast to the headlines outside about division and chaos, the synod has drawn to a close today with its members saying they are happy with both process and results and expressing confidence that its … Continue reading

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From the synod (9): the message to the People of God

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome.] The following message was approved by the synod this morning by 158 out of the 174 voting members. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, who headed the team redacting it, described it as a paraclesis, an early-Church literary form which … Continue reading

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From the synod (8): a conversation that is just beginning

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome:] For those who like their bishops to be of one mind, the Church’s teaching to look consistent and timeless, and in general those who prefer tidiness to disorder, this synod has been a nightmare. Ever since … Continue reading

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From the synod (7): Ignoring pressure groups, bishops confident in process

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] Two synod fathers told journalists today that their discussions have been unaffected by lobbies and media reports of divisions, and that they expect to end with a document that reflects the thinking of the synod: one that is faithful to church teaching … Continue reading

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From the synod (6): Interim report holds issues in tension while breaking new ground

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] The ‘interim report’ – full text here — read out this morning by the synod’s Hungarian relator, Cardinal Peter Erdö, masterfully holds in balance the various issues in contention while resolutely breaking new ground in … Continue reading

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From the synod (5): a snapshot at the end of the first week

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] The family synod’s first visible fruit will be evident tomorrow (Monday), when a summary of the week’s intense deliberations will be handed to the 10 circuli menores, or small groups, which began meeting Friday afternoon. Tomorrow, in other words, … Continue reading

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From the synod (4): two insights into the Pope’s position

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] At the press conference yesterday and today two synod fathers whose thinking and outlook are very close to those of Pope Francis came out to brief journalists, giving a valuable glimpse not just of his own approach to the … Continue reading

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