02/11/2015 10:54 am

Cardinal Nichols Issues Pastoral letter on the Synod on the Family

His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols has written a pastoral letter reflecting on the synod and the importance of the family. It was read out in Westminster's parishes on Sunday, 1 November - the Solemnity of All Saints. In the letter, Cardinal Vincent spoke of the work of the synod which centred around ‘fashioning fresh ways of thinking about the family in the plan of God’.

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06/11/2015 2:58 pm

Irish Archbishop returns from Synod with "renewed enthusiasm for pastoral mission to the family"

Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Archbishop of Armagh in Northern Ireland, attended October's Vatican Synod on the Family. A first-time Synod Father, Archbishop Martin, like Cardinal Vincent Nichols, was asked to moderate one of the English language small groups. We recorded this interview in Rome just before the synod concluded.

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02/11/2015 11:35 am

Bishop Lonchyna: "We can understand each other and accept the basic Catholic doctrine of the family"

It's a week since the Synod of Bishops concluded in the Vatican having spent many days examining the theme: "The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World." Our General Secretary here at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Fr Christopher Thomas, caught up with Bishop Hlib Lonchyna, the Eparch of the Holy Family Eparchy of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Great Britain to get his thoughts and reflections.

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27/10/2015 4:22 pm

Family Synod: Final Press Conference held in London

Hard on the heels of the Family Synod press conference in Rome, Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Bishop Peter Doyle called a press conference in London on 27 October to recall their experiences at the Bishops Synod held in the Vatican from 5 - 25 October 2015 titled: 'The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World'. 

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25/10/2015 12:00 pm

Pope Francis: Homily at Closing Mass for Synod Assembly

Pope Francis delivered the homily at Mass being offered on Sunday morning, the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, to mark the close of the XIV Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, who have been gathered in Rome for the past three weeks to reflect on and discuss the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.

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24/10/2015 8:20 pm

Pope Francis addresses Synod of Bishops at conclusion

On Saturday evening the Synod on the Family came to a close when the Synod Fathers voted paragraph by paragraph on the final text. At the end of the vote the text was presented to the Holy Father.

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20/10/2015 4:01 pm

Cardinal: Time to discuss the Family Synod's final document

Here are the latest audio dispatches from Rome from Cardinal Vincent Nichols. The Cardinal has been moderating an English language group at the Synod of Bishops on the Family that concludes in the Vatican this weekend.

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21/10/2015 11:50 am

Family Synod: Reflections from the Small Groups on the third part of the Synod's working document the Instrumentum Laboris

The Bishops Synod on the Family enters its latter stages and ahead of the Relatio Finalis, here are the reflections of the small working groups on the third part of the Instrumentum Laboris. Here you will find the official text of the reports made by the four English-speaking Small Groups. 

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20/10/2015 4:01 pm

Cardinal: Bishops bringing their work together at the Family Synod

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has sent through an audio report from the Vatican, 20 October, giving us an update on the Bishops Synod on the Family that is steadily bringing its work together to present to the Pope. 

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19/10/2015 6:11 pm

The Synod: Walking Together

On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the institution of the Synod of Bishops, the Holy Father addressed the Synod Fathers in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall on Saturday 17 October 2015. 

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15/10/2015 5:59 pm

Cardinal Nichols: Halftime report on the Family Synod

In this update, over the phone from Rome, Cardinal Vincent Nichols describes the first two weeks of discussions as a "rich and satisfying process" but explains how participants at the Synod were working to balance the understand of the Church as both 'teacher' and 'mother'.

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14/10/2015 6:22 pm

Cardinal Vincent Nichols speaks to journalists at the Family Synod Press Conference held on 14 October 2015

Here's an English language edit of a media conference held in Rome today, 14 October 2015, at the Holy See's press office. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, a Synod Father and small group moderator, gave an update on the Family Synod, now well into its second week, and took questions from the assembled journalists.

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14/10/2015 2:09 pm

Reflections from the Small Groups on the second part of the Instrumentum laboris at the Family Synod

The Synod of the family continues and this morning, 14 October, we see the the second set of reports from the working groups that came together earlier in the week to reflect on the second part of the Instrumentum Laboris, in light of the contributions made in classroom during the debate held in the previous General Congregations. Here you will find the text of the reports made by the four English speaking Small Groups from the second working session.

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09/10/2015 3:00 pm

Reflections from the Small Groups on the first part of the Instrumentum laboris at the Family Synod

This morning, 9 October, the Bishops of the XIV General Assembly of the Synod came together to reflect on the introduction and the first part of the Instrumentum Laboris, in light of the contributions made in the courtroom during the debate held in the first three general congregations. Below you will find the text of the reports made by the four English speaking Small Groups from the first working session. 

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04/10/2015 11:43 am

Pope Francis: Church should defend fundamental values but be a "Field Hospital" for those who suffer

Pope Francis has celebrated Mass in St Peter's Basilica to open the Ordinary Synod on the Family that will run from 4 - 25 October 2015. 

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