Synod Tag

FRANCIS IN ROME • “The radiant witness of these new saints inspires us to persevere in joyful service to our brothers and sisters.” These were the Pope’s words during the homily during the Mass for the canonisation of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, St. Vincent Grossi and Sts. Luis Martine and Maria Celia Guérin on 18 October during the Synod of Bishops. In his homily, Francis gave particular emphasis to one of the key phrases of his pontificate: True power is in service. “Jesus is the Servant of theRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME • “Then, suddenly, the Spirit blew over Paul VI Hall. With all of the synod fathers and during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis announced the urgency of a “healthy decentralisation” of the Church that results in a “conversion of the papacy” and the authority of the Church, where first and foremost, the people of God are heard,” who “participate in Christ’s prophetic office.” One of the many comments in the international press on Pope Francis’ speech during the ceremonyRead More
Fr. Joaquín Alliende Luco • The Synod on the Family has started. It’s autumn in Europe. Close to the Original Shrine, on the hillsides along the Rhine and Mosel rivers, it’s grape season. A place of wines and wine presses. We should order this differently: a place of wine presses and wines, because as we pray in Heavenwards: “Without the wine press, there is no wine…only dying wins the war (HW 150). We get liquid from the grapes only by crushing them. A very easy way of doing this isRead More
SYNOD OF BISHOPS • Francis today (9 October) urged the Synod participants gathered in the Vatican to pray for reconciliation and peace in the Middle East and also in Africa, and called on the international community to help resolve the conflicts in the region. “In resuming this morning the work of the General Congregation, I invite you to dedicate the prayer of the Third Hour to the intention of reconciliation and peace in the Middle East. We are painfully struck and we follow with great concern what is happening inRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME • The books containing Pope Francis’ Wednesday weekly catechesis on the family are already available, for example at the Libreria Editrice Vaticana, with the titles: The Family: The World’s generating force and The family, God’s masterpiece [not yet available in English]. It seems that there will be a another book, because during the general audience on the first Wednesday of October in St. Peter’s Square before thousands of Catholics and pilgrims from numerous countries, Pope Francis continued with his weekly catechesis on the family, this time focusingRead More
SYNOD OF BISHOPS, homily by Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa • “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Cor. 13:11) We begin this Synod with great joy. It is a journey that began two years ago and it is a great pleasure to meet again as brothers, as we have just heard. Brothers, who come from the four corners of the world summonedRead More
SYNOD OF BISHOPS ON THE FAMILY, editorial team• A Church in covenant, a Church in dialogue, a Church listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit through the voices of the Synod participants and the holy people of God, in the voices of the times, in the voices of holy families, happy families, families who are evangelising by their lives, hurting families, suffering families, broken families, families under attack. In his conference at the first General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis returned to last year’s themes:Read More
SYNOD OF BISHOPS, by the editorial team • Pope Francis celebrated the opening mass of the Synod of Bishops on the Family in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on 4 October. It was attended by the Synod Fathers and the others who were invited to the Assembly of Bishops that will meet until 25 October. On the same day, a woman who was working as the caterer for the silver anniversary celebration of a Schoenstatt family commented to one of the collaborators: “After listening to the testimonyRead More
GERMANY, Gertrud and Norbert Jehle • After two years, the couples of the ninth course of Family Facilitators from Bavaria finished their studies. They received their diploma in a memorable sending-forth ceremony. One of the couples, receiving a diploma, began their activity in a home delivery dialogue with their favorite subject, “To Create Something Together.” The Synod of Bishops, which will be held in September, will be a real challenge for the Church. Couples and families interested in this field are needed to give witness. Contact your diocese if youRead More
By the editor • For a moment during the live transmission, we can see a man with a large picture of our Mother Thrice Admirable in his hands. It is a beautiful illustration of Pope Francis’ message at the Mass in Guayaquil, Ecuador, a message about Mary as mother and about the great hope: “And the best wine is yet to come, in spite of all the variables and statistics which say otherwise…” During the Holy Mass dedicated to the Family at the Los Samanes Park in Guayaquil, Pope FrancisRead More