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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
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
VATICAN/BRAZIL, Maria Fischer • Today Pope Francis appointed Auxiliary Bishop Rafael Biernaski of Curitiba, Brazil, as Bishop of Blumenau, Brazil. The Blumenau Diocese covers over 3,835㎢, and has a population of 671.282, of whom 460.282 are Catholics, with 67 Priests, 79 Religious and 53 permanent deacons. Blumenau is a town known for its traditions, which it has preserved from the German settlers who founded it. It lives strongly from ecological and cultural tourism. The Oktoberfest of Blumenau, based on the Munich Oktoberfest, was started in 1984 in order to encourageRead More
Vatican City, Vatican Information Service VIS • This morning in the Holy See Press Office a press conference was held to present the Instrumentum Laboris of the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme, “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and contemporary world” (4-25 October 2015). UPDATE: text of the Instrumentum Laborius now in english   The speakers were: Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops; Cardinal Peter Erdo, archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, general rapporteur of the 14th GeneralRead More
By M. Fischer • “A convincing, prophetic and challenging encyclical”, is how Bishop Luis Infante of Aysen, Chile described the Encyclical Laudato Si, which was published today in Arabic, English, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and German. On Sunday at the Angelus Pope Francis ask that the Encyclical Laudato Si, about caring for our “common home, might be received with open hearts. He stressed that “This home is being destroyed, and that harms everyone, especially the poorest. My appeal is, therefore, to responsibility, based on the task that God has givenRead More