Women CEOs say faith guides their work in bringing Gospel to the needy

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Together, the Catholic organizations led by three women serve millions of people each year across the United States and around the world. These three leaders — whose organizations are devoted to health care, serving the poor and overseas relief — said their faith guides their work in bringing the Gospel to life…

Synod report urges ‘accompaniment’ tailored to family situations

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service While not specifically mentioning the controversial proposal of a path toward full reconciliation and Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, members of the Synod of Bishops on the family handed Pope Francis a report emphasizing an obligation to recognize that not all Catholics in such a situation bear…

Pope establishes new dicastery for laity, family, life

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis announced he is establishing a new office for laity, family and life, which combines the responsibilities of two pontifical councils. The pope made the announcement Oct. 22 during the afternoon session of the Synod of Bishops on the family. “I have decided to establish a new dicastery with competency…

Synod groups deliberate on how to support, accompany families

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican published the third reports of the small working groups of the Synod of Bishops on the family. The following is a sampling of what some of the groups had to say: — English Group A, in a report read by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, emphasized the…

Final report to be a general guide, not hard answers, says cardinal

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After nearly three weeks of intense discussion and debate, the Synod of Bishop’s final document on the family was not expected to have any hard-hitting answers, a member of the drafting commission said. Rather, the report was aiming to be a reflection of the overall sense of the “mind of the…