You've read the reports, here's the inside track on the Family Synod from Cardinal Vincent Nichols

In the last of his audio dispatches from Rome, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, representing England and Wales, gives us a fascinating, passionate, and in-depth summary of the two-week Vatican summit on family and marriage. 

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Press Conference

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Bishops' Conference, told journalists he is 'looking forward' to the forthcoming Ext...Read more

Instrumentum Laboris

Working Document

A working document for the upcoming Synod of the Family. This will take place at the Vatican between 5-19 October 2014.Read more


Preparatory Document

The Lineamenta - or preparatory document - for the 2014 extraordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops on the family gives more information on the Vat...Read more


Prayer Day

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has asked that the Church sets aside a Day of Prayer on Sunday 28 September to pray for this autumn's Synod of Bishops gatheri...Read more


Diocesan Contacts

Below you will find a list of the Diocesan contacts for the Synod consultation along with the closing date for responses. The online Vatican Synod consultati...Read more

marriage and family

1980 Family Synod

On 22 November 1981, the Apostolic Exhortation on the Christian Family in the Modern World, Familiaris Consortio, was published. To mark the 30th anniversary... Read more