On synod’s eve, Vatican official declares his homosexuality

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On the eve of the start of the Synod of Bishops on the family, a Polish monsignor who works in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, publicly declared he is homosexual and has a stable partner. Msgr. Krzysztof Charamsa, 43, gave interviews to Polish and Italian media Oct. 2…

Pope says synod is not parliament, but place to listen to Holy Spirit

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The world Synod of Bishops on the family is not a parliament where participants will negotiate or lobby, Pope Francis said, but it must be a place of prayer where bishops speak with courage and open themselves to “God who always surprises us.” Opening the first working session of the synod…

Pope’s Homily at Opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops

(Vatican Radio) The front of St. Peter’s Basilica was lined with green and scarlet as the Synod Fathers gathered around the altar for the opening mass of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family this morning presided over by the Holy Father, Pope Francis. The Scripture texts were those of the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in…

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri explains how the Synod on the Family will unfold

Vatican City (VIS) – The Holy See Press Office Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, gave a presentation of the phases and methods of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world.” “Saturday evening, in…

Back to the synod: Year given for ‘discernment’ also brought debate

  By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service Pope Francis planned two gatherings of the Synod of Bishops to focus on the family and urged participants to use the year between the assemblies as a time for “true spiritual discernment” with both study and prayer. In the months leading up to the opening of the world…

Christian spouses: Teachers and witnesses of the truth

The following is part of a series focusing on the 10 themes of the preparatory catechesis for the World Meeting of Families Sept. 22-27 in Philadelphia. By Amanda Zurface For The Visitor Close your eyes and envision St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, and insert your family into the scene inside the piazza. Do you…

Pope Francis to speak from lectern Lincoln used for Gettysburg Address

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — As lecterns go, it is strictly utilitarian, a simple walnut stand with none of the ornamentation commonly found in mid-19th-century furnishings. Yet it has a distinguished past and is about to have a distinguished future. At a news conference Aug. 7 at the Union League of Philadelphia, Robert Ciaruffoli, president of the…