Archbishop Cupich urges Illinois, nation to back gun control measures

CHICAGO (CNS) — Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, saying it is time to “take meaningful and swift action to address violence in our society,” called for stricter gun control laws in Illinois. “Recently, the city of Chicago adopted a tough ordinance to tightly regulate gun stores here. I applaud Chicago’s leadership for taking this…

Synod surprises: Universal compassion, inaccurate coverage, couples say

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Two couples attending the Synod of Bishops on the family said what surprised them most about their first synod in Rome was reading inaccurate media coverage of the closed-door proceedings, the diversity problems families face around the world and the synod fathers’ great concern and compassion for the family. Even though…

Visit to Africa listed among pope’s upcoming events

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Before the Vatican released a detailed schedule of Pope Francis’ first trip to Africa, the office of papal liturgical ceremonies included the Nov. 25-30 visit on its list of upcoming papal events. The pope’s liturgical schedule, released at the Vatican Oct. 12, includes mention of the “apostolic visit to Kenya, Uganda…

Take a positive approach to families, synod members say

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The first week of the Synod of Bishops on the family ended with near unanimous calls to be more positive in describing family life today and to show more appreciation for Catholic families living close to the church’s ideals. But there were also widespread questions among synod participants about the work…

Pope, synod join in prayers for peace in Middle East

By Cindy Wooden¬† Catholic News Service Gathered with a worldwide representation of bishops, including patriarchs and other bishops from the Middle East, Pope Francis dedicated the morning prayer of the Synod of Bishops on the family to pleas for peace in the Middle East. Opening the synod’s session Oct. 9, Pope Francis asked the more…

Media ‘gets’ and media ‘hits’ noted in wake of papal visit

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Just as Pope Francis got what he wanted from his apostolic journey to the United States in a close-up view of American Catholicism at its most compassionate and energetic, so too did the media covering Pope Francis largely get what they sought in covering his six-day September visit in the form of…

Families show the beauty, blessing of family life, archbishop says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Synod of Bishops on the family must find ways to give Catholic families a leading role in evangelizing and supporting other families, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops told the synod. “Families who by the grace of God model tenderness, forgiveness and the joy of family life…

Synod changes: Making less time for speeches, more time for dialogue

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Although the public is given glimpses of what happens inside the Catholic Church’s world Synod of Bishops, the meetings themselves take place behind closed doors. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Synod of Bishops has been the object of a continual hunt to balance creating a protected space where bishops…

Pope’s remarks seen as a road map of urgent actions for U.N. to take

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) — In the warm afterglow of Pope Francis’ Sept 25 address to the General Assembly, veteran United Nations observers drew a starkly candid road map of urgent actions that the world body must take to achieve its security agenda. Speakers at an Oct. 7 side event hosted by the Holy See’s permanent…