Focus

  • The spirit of Vatican II is seen in the Synod

    Oct 24, 2014

    Philippines’ Cardinal Luis Tagle said: “In the free discussion, some of the Synod Fathers and participants said openly that they felt the spirit of Vatican II very much.”

  • Synod Fathers laud miracle of conjugal love in final message

    Oct 24, 2014

    In their message to the faithful, the synod fathers praised the life-giving love between a man and a woman, which despite many challenges, endures through the grace given by God in the sacrament of marriage.

  • Collegiality, decentralisation and subsidiarity: Francis' dramatic push

    Oct 17, 2014

    Much has been said and written about the new wave of inclusiveness being promoted by the Bishop of Rome, with the ongoing Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, currently underway in Rome, discussing some thorny issues regarding the family.

  • Being a parent in challenging times

    Oct 17, 2014

    In Genesis 1:28, God instructs Adam and Eve to be “fertile and multiply.” Unfortunately, God didn’t provide instructions for raising children, so Adam and Eve had to figure out how to parent on their own.

  • Food for thought

    Oct 17, 2014

    The working document for the Synod of Bishops on the family that meets Oct. 5-19 at the Vatican has much to say about passing the faith on to children.

  • How to pass on your faith

    Oct 17, 2014

    According to the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Christian Education, parents are to hold themselves accountable as an important and first educator to their children:

  • The Church of Indonesia looks at guidelines from the synod to better prepare couples

    Oct 17, 2014

    Catholic priests and leaders from 13 Indonesian dioceses met to discuss marriage, divorce, and the future of the family, which are some of the same issues currently being discussed at the Synod (5-19 October) in Rome between.

  • Inductive method encourages freedom of speech at the Synod

    Oct 17, 2014

    “What’s going on in the Synod is, we’re seeing a more inductive way of reflecting, starting with the real situations of people… and finding that the lived experience of people is also a theological source, a place of theological reflection", he stated.

  • Six Synod Fathers to Team that Writes Final Report

    Oct 17, 2014

    As the synod on the family reached the midway stage on a positive note, Pope Francis took the unprecedented and highly significant decision to add six highly qualified synod fathers to the team that will write its Final Report.

  • Austrian, German cardinals stress need for new look at teachings on marriage, family

    Oct 17, 2014

    Both Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna and Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich are campaigning for a new look at marriage and the family at the ongoing synod in Rome.