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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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Archbishop-elect Presents Papal Medal for Bushfire Bravery
Last edited 19th October 2014

On the 17th October 2013 devastating bushfires raged through close-knit communities in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

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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.


Euthanasia: Lethal Dose has Fearful Consequences - Article by Archbishop-elect Anthony Fisher
Last edited 15th October 2014

On Wednesday, a Senate committee will hear evidence on a euthanasia bill that would allow some people to be given a lethal injection on compassionate grounds.

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Having Patience with the Synod - Fr Robert Barron
Last edited 14th October 2014

The historian and theologian Martin Marty commented that our debates today about sex and authority are analogous to the arguments in the early centuries of the Church’s life concerning Christology and to the disputes about anthropology and salvation around the time of the Reformation. Those two previous dust-ups took several centuries to resolve, and Marty suggests that we might be in the midst of another centuries long controversy.


You're Kind of A Big Deal - A Video by Christopher Stefanick
Last edited 15th October 2014

Physically, you can feel small in this world... but spiritually, you are MASSIVE! Can an ocean love, a mountain know, or a galaxy chose to change directions? No, but you can! And you'll still be around long after all this has passed.


Synod 'Of the Media' Has Begun - Keep Informed!
Last edited 14th October 2014

What is a 'Synod of the Media'? Speaking of Vatican II in his last exchange with the priests of his diocese, Pope Benedict distinguished between the 'Council of the Fathers' and the 'Council of the Media':

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Urban Theology: The Lonely City
Last edited 13th October 2014

How can we comfort the lonely in society and our own lives? Sydney's Urban Theology looks at how we can practically apply our Catholic faith to look after the less fortunate - who may be closer to home than we think.

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Midterm Report: 7 Key Points from Synod on the Family
Last edited 20th October 2014

The two week Synod is halfway through. For a week now, bishops, families and the Pope himself have discussed some of the challenges faced by modern day families and what the Church can do to help. Cardinal Peter Erdo , issued a midterm report to summarize the discussion list. He stated that despite the hardships faced by families, there is still much for which we can be hopeful.

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