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Letter #36, 2016: The Next Synod

April 27, 2016, Wednesday -- The Next Synod: The Return of "The Peace of God"? "The Pope would like to dedicate the next Synod of Bishops to the theme of peace." —The Italian news agency ANSA, in a short news article released this morning in Italy. The question of what topic the next Bishops' Synod would [...]

Letter #25, 2016: "The Joy of Love"

April 8, 2016, Friday -- The Tenderness of a Papal Document Pope Francis has written a "love letter" to the world... Dear friends, I just came back from the 2-hour Vatican press conference presenting Pope Francis' new Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, entitled Amoris Laetitia (that is the Latin title of the text, meaning literally, "Of [...]

News from the East

Moving Toward Unity The Catholic and Orthodox Churches may be entering a new era of reconciliation. Three prominent Catholic figures with years of experience working with the Eastern Churches comment on recent developments and the progress toward unity they may augur Pope Francis, “Bishop of Rome”: Creating New Space for Dialog By Fr. James McCann When [...]

The Tenderness of a Papal Document: “The Joy of Love”

April 8, Holy See press conference presenting Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris Laetitia", on love in the family (Photo Grzegorz Galazka) Francis has given us a poetic, eloquent, moving hymn to love in Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), issued April 8. This text is really for families: one part of this letter, [...]

Letter #17, 2016: Kasper on the Synod Document

March 17, 2016, Thursday - Why Does Kasper Speak of "1700 Years"? “This Holy See has always held, the perpetual practice of the Church confirms, and Ecumenical Councils also have declared -- especially those in which the East with the West met in the union of faith and charity -- that the supreme power of teaching [...]

2. Dr. Maria-Anca Cernea

Dr. Anca-Maria Cernea of Bucharest - The president of the Association of Catholic Doctors of Bucharest, Romania, cuts through “politically correct” rhetoric at the Synod The two Catholic Churches in the country of Romania —the Latin-rite Catholic Church in Romania and the Byzantine-rite Romanian Church United with Rome (Greek-Catholic) — both experienced a particularly [...]

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In Defense of What Has Been Believed “Always, Everywhere, By All”

An interview of Bishop Athanasius Schneider about the SSPX, women and footwashing, the consecration of Russia, anti-pastoral bishops, and more We do not endorse unreservedly every statement of Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy in Astana, Kazakhstan. However, Schneider’s voice has become an influential one in the Church, especially in [...]

The Pope’s Moment of Truth

Very soon, perhaps on March 19, Pope Francis is expected to publish a document on the family as his conclusion to the work of the two bishops’ Synods on the Family in 2014 and 2015  As he approaches the third year of his pontificate, Pope Francis faces his greatest decision yet. It is a decision, many [...]

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Letter #56, 2015: Synod Final Report in English

December 17, 2015, Tuesday -- Final Synod Report Now Available in English The Final Report of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, which ended on October 24, is now available from the Holy See at the link below. It has taken nearly two months for the translation to be completed. http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/synod/documents/rc_synod_doc_20151026_relazione-finale-xiv-assemblea_en.html What is the glory [...]

Francis on the African Continent

Clergy process at the start of the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops for Africa in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Oct. 26, 2009) Pope Francis traveled to Africa November 25-30, bringing a message of hope and reconciliation to three nations which continue to experience exploitation, violence, [...]

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