Synod Tag

Editorial team, with material from AICA • The General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops has announced the launch of a website in preparation for the 15th Ordinary General Assembly under the theme “Youth, faith and vocational discernment,” which will take place in October 2018. The website is already available at this address:  (for the moment it’s only available in Italian but other languages will follow soon. The youth survey can be found here. This initiative will promote greater participation by all the youth of the world, not onlyRead More
VATICAN, Fr. Alexandre Awi, ISch, Brazilian Boys’ Youth Director, via• Dear young people and Schoenstatt Youth leaders! “From Krakow to Panama: The Synod journeying with the young” This was the motto for the meeting that brought together 350 participants from 102 countries on 5-9 April in Rome. Each ecclesial movement (more than 40 were present) and each Bishops’ Conference sent two representatives, a young person and an adult. Lucia Reinsperger from the Austrian Schoenstatt Girls’ Youth and myself, Fr. Alexandre Awi, the director of the Boys Youth in Brazil (JUMAS),Read More
POPE FRANCIS IN ROME, BY Ary Waldir Ramos Díaz vía • “A better world can be built also as a result of your efforts, your desire to change and your generosity,” Pope Francis wrote in his letter addressed to the youth. The Pontiff said that he was “pleased” to announce that in October 2018, the Synod of Bishops will take place under the topic: Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” “I wanted you to be the centre of attention, because you are in my heart,” said the Pontiff who decidedRead More
VATICAN • 32nd World Youth Day, 2017 “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name” (Lk 1:49) 33rd World Youth Day, 2018 “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God” (Lk 1:30) 34th World Youth Day, 2019 (Panama) “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38) These are the themes chosen by Pope Francis for the three-year World Youth Day journey that will culminate at the international celebration ofRead More
From Ingeborg and Richard Sickinger, Vienna, Austria • With Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’ post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation about love in the family, a change of paradigm has taken place in pastoral care. A great theme that can be followed through the whole work is a shift of emphasis from the law to the ideal. Cardinal Schönborn, who presented the Papal document on 8 April in Rome, stated in an interview with the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, “This document lifts the discussion onto a higher plane. (…) The Pope speaks of love inRead More
By Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontificial Council for the Family • For our Church, the Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” is the milestone on a long and winding journey. The Holy Father’s enthusiastic invitation to deal broadly, freely and openly with questions that are real and not just academic resounds throughout this Exhortation. Respecting tradition, it reflects prior synodal documents, the 2015 Wednesday Audience catecheses, and the writings of recent Popes, especially St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI. In line with the development of the magisterium from Vatican II tillRead More
ARGENTINA, by Osvaldo Martín • On November 18, 2015, a Holy Mass was held in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires, which was celebrated by Cardinal Aurelio Poli, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, with the motto: With the motto ¡Familia! “Lo mejor está por venir” [Family! “The best is yet to come”] (taken from Pope Francis’ hopeful message in Guayaquil, at the beginning of his Latin American tour, focusing on family life). The Schoenstatt Movement of Buenos Aires organized it. There was massive participation that filled the naves of the historicRead More
VATICAN, Pontificial Council for the Family/ • The Pontificial Council for the Family published a collection of texts related to the Synod (not available in the English version), and also on the focus given to family in Pope Francis’ catecheses during the last year. We gladly share what is offered at the website of the Pontificial Council: Review of the Family The family has been at the center of several events in recent days. On Sunday, October 18th, the Pope Francis canonized Louis Martin and Zelie Guerin, the parents ofRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME • In this catechesis at the general audience that Pope Francis held on the first Wednesday of November in St. Peter’s Square, attended by several thousand Catholics and pilgrims from numerous countries, the Holy Father referred to the family as a “training ground for mutual giving and forging,” without which there cannot be lasting love. Francis first of all recalled that the recent Assembly of the Synod of Bishops “reflected in depth on the vocation and the mission of the family in the life of the ChurchRead More
POPE FRANCIS AT THE FAMILY SYNOD • The approval of the final document concluded the Synod of Bishops on the vocation and mission of the family in the Vatican at 18.46 on 24 October 2015. The final document was approved. All 94 paragraphs received 2/3 of the votes. These propositions will enable the Pope to write the post-synod Exhortation on the vocation and mission of the family in the contemporary Church and world. The final document produced and voted by the bishops will be published shortly, with the respective votesRead More