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What language will the synod speak?

The doctrine of marriage is not at stake, but the family as an irreplaceable resource in human society is.

This was the conundrum facing the synod when it convened on October 4 under the theme, The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world, after probably one of the most intense periods of lobbying from a wide spectrum of Catholic society ever seen.








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Myanmar butts into pope’s conversations

YANGON (AsiaNews): A couple of days before departing for Rome, Charles Cardinal Bo, from Yangon, was asked by government officials not to use the word Rohingya when speaking about the Rohingya people with Pope Frances.

It was reported by Muzzimi News that officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs in the Union of Myanmar approached Cardinal Bo.

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Bishop Ma dreams of a handshake changing the world

SHANGHAI (SE): The birdcage bishop in Shanghai, Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, has a dream. He dreams that the president of China, Xi Jinping, and Pope Francis will at least have the opportunity to shake hands while the two men are in the United States of America (US) this September.

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God bless America and the United Nations

HONG KONG (SE): As the first pope in history to address an assembly of the United States Congress in Washington DC, Pope Francis concluded his address with a resounding, “God bless America.”

Throughout his visit to the United States of America (US), he remained his usual self, praising what he sees as life-giving and warning about what he sees as life-threatening.

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Cardinal John Tong’s Pastoral Letter - Human Ecology and The Family

Strengthen Marriage; Not Redefine it!

 

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

May you live and proclaim with love and joy the Gospel of the Family! That was the core message in my Pastoral Letter issued on 29 September 2014, the eve of the Extraordinary Synod which was convoked by Pope Francis to focus on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization 1.   

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Accept a refugee family pope says

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis called on every parish and religious house in Europe to adopt at least one refugee family on September 6.

He said that as the United Nations is reporting that a record number of people are pressing on the borders of European countries, mostly from war-torn Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan, it would make a big difference.

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Pope takes a swipe at state ideology in Cuba

HAVANA (SE): Pope Francis took a swipe at the ideology of the revolutionary Cuban government when he addressed an estimated crowd of half a million people gathered for a papal Mass in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolucion on September 20.

In addressing the congregation, he pointed out that serving the people is the cornerstone of the Code of Ethics for the leaders of the Cuban state.

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Pope’s mercy brigade

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis is looking for missionaries of mercy, priests who are known for their preaching, dedication to hearing confession and giving absolution.

Priests interested in becoming one of the special communicators of God’s mercy are invited to apply online, providing that they have the support of their bishop or superior.

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A just simplification of the annulment process

Hong Kong (SE): With two Apostolic Letters issued motu proprio (on his own initiative) on September 8, Pope Francis introduced reforms to streamline the Church’s legal process for obtaining a declaration of nullity of marriage, News.va reported.

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Pope puts stress on mercy for Jubilee Year

VATICAN (SE): “I have asked the Church in this Jubilee Year to rediscover the richness encompassed by spiritual and corporate works of mercy,” Pope Francis says in a letter to the president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, on September 1.

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