Category Archives: Synod2014

Pope Francis: divorced & remarried are ‘by no means excommunicated’ and must be welcomed

[Austen Ivereigh] In his first General Audience for a month, Pope Francis today stressed the importance of including and welcoming Catholics who have divorced and entered a second union, making clear that they are “by no means excommunicated”. Although such second unions “are contrary … Continue reading

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A Guide to the Family Synod, Part II: ‘contemporary challenges’

[The second in a series by Elizabeth Howard considering the questions that have been put to the world’s bishops’ conferences in the run-up to the Synod of Bishops in October] After the ‘Introduction’ (discussed in my previous post), the Relatio Synodi’s first section is … Continue reading

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A Guide to the Family Synod, Part I: ‘Introduction’

[This is the first in a series by Elizabeth Howard looking at the questions that have been put to the world’s bishops’ conferences in the run-up to the synod of bishops in October] After the Extraordinary Synod on the Family last October, … Continue reading

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Questions on the family for the Church to ponder in advance of 2015 synod

The Vatican today released the English translation of the preparatory document for the October 2015 synod, which it wants the 114 bishops’ conferences of the world to disseminate. The document, known as the ‘Outline’ or Lineamenta, contains the final report of … Continue reading

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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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