05/10/2015 2:44 pm
Bishop Peter Doyle, who chairs the Bishops' Committee for Marriage and Family Life, is in Rome with Cardinal Vincent Nichols contributing to the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.
The international meeting focuses on marriage and family life and is titled: "The vocation and the mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world". It runs from 4 - 25 October 2015.
Here are Bishop Doyle's reflections after the Opening Mass as he looks ahead to three weeks of listening and discussions.
Use the SoundCloud player at the top of this article to listen to or download the full audio.
You can listen to more audio from the Family Synod on our SoundCloud playlist:
Our web section on the Ordinary General Assembly of Synod on the Family
Website for the Bishops' Conference Marriage and Family Life project work