Monthly Archives: October 2015

From the synod (10): Pope Francis address at synod’s 50th anniversary

What follows is a working translation by Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, English language media attaché, Holy See Press Office, of Pope Francis’s groundbreaking speech today on the 50th anniversary of the synod. Your Beatitudes, Eminences, Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters, As the XIV … Continue reading

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From the synod (9): Cardinal Nichols reflections on the synod’s 50th anniversary

The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, was among those who this morning was invited to give reflections on the synod’s 50th anniversary. His talk was entitled, ‘Importance and influence of the Synod of Bishops in the life and mission of … Continue reading

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From the synod (8): An interview with Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] Yesterday I was one of a number of journalists who sat down with the Archbishop of Chicago, Blase Cupich, who is one of Pope Francis’s appointees at the synod. Sometimes dubbed ‘America’s Pope Francis’, his … Continue reading

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From the synod (7): The creative tension of local and universal

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] One of the effects of the Francis pontificate has been to allow a new discussion in the Church of the fruitful tension between the universal and the local. The very nature of the reformed synod now … Continue reading

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From the synod (6): Statements on the ‘Letter of the 13’ (updated)

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome]: As so often in synods, the greatest excitement for journalists comes from leaks and contradictory statements. Although it is a distraction from the main business of the synod, and distorts the true picture of what … Continue reading

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From the synod (5): Despite reservations, the new machinery appears to be working

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] Being close to the synod has been like watching a very complex piece of new machinery sputter into life, with many standing around wondering how it is all going to work, a vocal minority complaining that its engineering is … Continue reading

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From the Synod (4): why the Pope warned against conspiracy theorists

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] It is now clearer why Pope Francis unexpectedly intervened in the synod hall on Tuesday. What was not shared with journalists — but tweeted yesterday by Fr Antonio Spadaro SJ, one of the Pope’s nominees … Continue reading

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