Category Archives: Synod2015

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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From the Synod (3): Pope seeks to broaden discussion

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] The synod’s second day breathed more freely after synod fathers made clear to journalists that yesterday’s lengthy speech by the Relator, Cardinal Péter Erdö, had not closed off discussion of the issue of sacraments for … Continue reading

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From the synod (2) Francis frames synod as ‘protected space’ for Holy Spirit to act through Church

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] The synod of bishops is not a place for reaching agreement but a “protected space in which the Church experiences the action of the Holy Spirit”, Pope Francis told delegates gathered for the synod’s first working … Continue reading

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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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