Category Archives: Synod of Bishops

Synod work continuing in small groups

VATICAN CITY — As members, experts and observers at the Synod of Bishops on the family meet in small groups to discuss the midterm report and make suggestions — some major, some minor — for improving it, three group leaders … Continue reading

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The synod’s halfway mark; “the drama continues”

VATICAN CITY — Meeting the press after the reading of the synod’s midterm report, leaders of the assembly told reporters the document is very much a work in progress and that already that morning many synod members suggested changes and … Continue reading

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Synod synopsis: What’s being said behind closed-doors

VATICAN CITY — The latest discussions coming out of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family are continuing to focus on the challenges today’s families face. This morning the auditors — almost all of them lay couples or individuals … Continue reading

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Vatican rule: “No Tweeting from synod hall”

VATICAN CITY — Many members of the Synod of Bishops have Twitter and other social media accounts. But they won’t be tweeting or posting from the synod hall. Obviously, Pope Francis as the church’s chief legislator is free to ignore … Continue reading

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The synod by the numbers

VATICAN CITY — The extraordinary Synod of Bishops formally opens with Mass Sunday and begins its working sessions at the Vatican Monday morning. Pope Francis is expected to attend all of the working sessions, along with 253 other people. By … Continue reading

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Ukrainian Catholic leader shares favorites, faith in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — When young Ukrainian Catholics asked the church’s major archbishop to name his favorite book of the Bible, he did not hesitate: the Gospel of St. John. Why? “First — shortest one,” laughed 42-year-old Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of … Continue reading

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Synod crunch time: amending final proposals

VATICAN CITY — The Synod of Bishops for the Middle East has hit the crunch point. This morning, the 185 voting members were given the first draft of the “propositions” in Arabic, French, English and Italian. The final proposals will … Continue reading

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Archbishop Gregory’s address at synod for Africa

VATICAN CITY — Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta spoke before the Synod of Bishops for Africa Oct. 5. The Vatican released the full text of his remarks today: “I welcome this opportunity to summarize the importance that this Second Synod … Continue reading

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An opening on women lectors?

VATICAN CITY — Probably the most newsy — and somewhat unexpected — item in the final propositions of the Synod of Bishops on the Bible was a proposal to allow women to be officially installed in the ministry of lector. The … Continue reading

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After the synod, how will you use your Bible?

Now that the world Synod of Bishops has said that Catholics should each own — and use — a Bible, what ideas can you give for all of us to accomplish that in our busy lives? Just open and fill … Continue reading

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