Pope Francis' Homily at Mass to Close Synod on the Family

10/25/2015 Comments (20)

Pope Francis delivering his homily today.


Here below is Pope Francis' homily at Mass in St. Peter's basilica this morning to mark the close of the XIV Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which has been reflecting on the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.


Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis

Holy Mass for the Closing of the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 25 October 2015

The three Readings for this Sunday show us God’s compassion, his fatherhood, definitively revealed in Jesus.

In the midst of a national disaster, the people deported by their enemies, the prophet Jeremiah proclaims that “the Lord has saved his people, the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Closing Speech of Synod on the Family

10/24/2015 Comments (25)

Dear Beatitudes, Eminences and Excellencies, 
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I would like first of all to thank the Lord, who has guided our synodal process in these years by his Holy Spirit, whose support is never lacking to the Church.

My heartfelt thanks go to Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod, Bishop Fabio Fabene, its Under-Secretary, and, together with them, the Relator, Cardinal Peter Erdő, and the Special Secretary, Archbishop Bruno Forte, the Delegate Presidents, the writers, consultors and translators, and all those who have worked tirelessly and with total dedication to the Church: My deepest thanks!

I likewise thank all of you, dear Synod Fathers,...READ MORE

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Will the Synod Final Report Twist 'Familiaris Consortio'?

10/24/2015 Comments (20)

As the synod fathers vote on each paragraph of the final report this afternoon, there are concerns that a proposal to admit civilly remarried divorcees to holy Communion will be subtly voted through, based on what many believe is a false interpretation of Pope St. John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation Familiaris consortio.

The paragraph of the final report in question allegedly doesn’t explicitly mention the Eucharist, but sources inside the synod say there are concerns that if passed, the word “discernment” will be interpreted differently according to where one stands on the issue.

“If I had to guess, my sense is that it will go through and be passed,” a synod source said, “though one...READ MORE

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Final Synod Briefing Concludes

10/24/2015 Comments (5)

VATICAN CITY – Moments ago, Synod Delegate President Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis from Aparecida in Brazil, pontifical appointment Cardinal Christoph Schönborn from Vienna in Austria, and Brother Herve Janson, the Prior General of the Little Brothers of Jesus, delivered the final Synod briefing inside the St. John Paul II Hall at the Holy See Press Office.

Here are three takeaways from their presentations.

Takeaway one: Excluding Sunday’s closing liturgy, the work of the 2015 Synod on the “Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and the Contemporary World” concludes today in Rome. The final item of business is an assembly vote on the so-called Relatio Finalis.

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Friend of JPII: 'Our Hope Is Not in the Synod, But in God'

10/24/2015 Comments (10)

Dr. Wanda Poltawska

– http://www.rodziny.freta.dominikanie.pl

Dr. Wanda Poltawska, 93, is one of the last great witnesses of the 20th century.

The Polish psychiatrist was a close friend of Pope St. John Paul II, a marriage and family guidance counselor, and has long served as a consultor to three Vatican discasteries. She is also a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp and Communist-ruled Poland.

In an interview yesterday with EWTN/CNA Germany, Dr. Poltawska discussed the Synod on the Family, and stressed that John Paul II's apostolic exhortation on the family, Familiaris consortio, continues to be relevant to today. 

Here below are some translated highlights from the interview:

On the synod

The words of Christ are written in the Gospel and...READ MORE

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Synodality, Accompaniment, and Listening Characterized Synod 2015

10/23/2015 Comment

Thursday afternoon, the Synod fathers received the draft of the Relatio Finalis – a document that consists of a synthesis of some 1,355 modi drawn from the work of the thirteen small groups. According to Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican, that document also takes into account Pope Francis’ opening address of Monday, October 5, the speeches of the members of the Synod General Secretariat, and the aula interventions of some 270 bishops. He said the first draft of the final report constitutes an attempt to represent the differing viewpoints expressed during this month’s assembly. The cardinal spoke at a briefing at the Holy See Press...READ MORE

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Why it is Great to Be Catholic

10/22/2015 Comments (17)

Matthias Grünewald, "Isenheimer Altar" (1512-1516)

Our mothers taught us to count our blessings.

That’s not Pollyanna denial of the troubles in the world.  It’s healthy Christian faith, hope, and love.  After all, the Church herself was born in a crucible of sins and troubles when her Lord was crucified and died under a heap of shame that made Him an outcast to both Jew and pagan.  The shame only deepened in that His closest, hand-picked disciples all abandoned Him in the most cowardly way.  If there was ever a dark time in history, that day was it.

And yet, here the Church still is two thousand years later, with a billion members and counting.  Because the central lesson of the Faith is not that we humans are cowardly, sinful weaklings...READ MORE

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Turn Off Your TV, Become Like a Child, and Enter the Kingdom of Heaven

10/22/2015 Comments (16)

Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890), "Let the Little Children Come Unto Me"

It’s unusual enough to declare to family that one doesn’t watch TV, let alone make this news public, so when Pope Francis revealed that he made a promise to Our Blessed Mother and hasn’t watched TV since July 15, 1990, it made quite a headline in the mainstream press. To be clear, Pope Francis doesn’t claim that watching TV is bad or sinful, but said watching TV isn’t for him, and that he simply misses the pleasure of walking the streets and stopping by a pizzeria.

But if the recent reviews of the new Muppet Show series that just started airing on ABC (owned by Disney) are any indicator, we might do well to follow Pope Francis’ example. Parenting watchdog organization OneMillionMoms warns...READ MORE

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