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Returning to Jesus Christ: How the Gospel Addresses a Culture that has Forgotten How to Love
Last edited 23rd October 2014

Whatever the failures of the Church and challenges of the modern world, what people most need is to encounter God in Christ. Only here will they find goodness and beauty purified and perfected. In this article, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP explores our modern culture, and discusses our yearning for love, for service, and for truth.

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Fr. Robert Barron on the Synod on the Family
Last edited 23rd October 2014

Throughout the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, which concluded on October 19, there appeared a fair amount of hysteria. Some read the Synod as "an earthquake" while others bewailed it as a deep betrayal of Church teaching. In actuality, everyone should take a deep breath and allow the Holy Spirit to work in his preferred, often messy fashion.


Pope Francis Reflects on the Church as the Body of Christ
Last edited 22nd October 2014

Continuing his series of Wednesday catechesis on the Church, Pope Francis devoted his October 22 general audience to the Church as the Body of Christ.


Pope's Closing Synod Speech: Don't be inflexible and don't give into 'deceptive mercy' either
Last edited 20th October 2014

Pope Francis closed the two week Synod on the Family, with a speech that received a four minute standing ovation. He described the Synod as a journey that combined both fatigue and joy.


Message of the Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges to the Family
Last edited 19th October 2014

Over the weekend a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the Message of the Third Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to the “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation” (5-19 October). The speakers were Cardinals Raymundo Damasceno Assis, archbishop of Aparecida, Brazil, delegate president; Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture and president of the Commission for the Message and Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay, India.

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Vatican Publishes Synod Report. Includes List of Votes For and Against
Last edited 19th October 2014

With unprecedented transparency, the Pope called for the Synod's midterm report to be openly distributed. It includes a full list and the votes on the proposals being considered. The document is the edited and approved version of the midterm report presented by Cardinal Erdo, which had 470 proposals. As of now though, the votes don't have any weight as far as implementation.


Pope Francis' Speech at the Conclusion of the Synod
Last edited 19th October 2014

At the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Pope Francis addressed the assembled Fathers, thanking them for their efforts and encouraging them to continue to journey. Here is Vatican Radio's provisional translation of Pope Francis' address to the Synod Fathers:

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National Anti-Poverty Week - When I grow up I want to be... ALIVE – Sock it to Poverty in Jamaica
Last edited 17th October 2014

Find out about the great work the Marist Missionary Sisters are doing in Jamaica at the school they look after St Anne's and donate to Catholic Mission to help their important work.


Synod report: Is there a seismic shift in Catholic approach to marriage?
Last edited 16th October 2014

No. There’s no change whatsoever in the Catholic Church’s teaching and doctrine on marriage and sexuality, contrary to what you may be hearing.


Synod: The Final Document will Call for the Church to be a Home for All
Last edited 16th October 2014

The Synod, which is an advisory body, will hand in its final report this Saturday.


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