The extraordinary synod on the family


From Oct. 5-19 approximately 250 people will gather in Vatican City for the extraordinary synod on the family.  Pope Francis has written that the synod will discuss the "challenges of marriage, of family life, of the education of children, and the role of the family in the life of the church."

Below you will find articles on the extraordinary synod on the family.

Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the 'great helmsman' of Vatican II
Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open
Synod of Bishops sends message of encouragement to traditional families
- Paul VI was Pope of firsts, a Pope of dialogue, cardinal says
- Synod says no to 'secular agenda,' Cardinal Pell says
- Synod working groups emphasize beauty of marriage, church teaching
- Bishops’ debate over gays: Lost in translation?
- Pastoral solutions will come out of local Churches
Cardinal says balancing truth, mercy always difficult, always needed
- Anglican, Lutheran delegates say Synod's concerns are theirs, too
Archbishop hopes Synod's final report will 'refine and clarify'
Will the Church finally surrender to the sexual revolution?
Family synod midterm report stirs controversy among bishops
Conservatives insist Vatican isn’t changing teaching on gays, divorced Catholics
Durocher to help prepare Synod’s final message
- Family synod midterm report: Welcome gays, nonmarital unions 
- Synod sends message, prayers to families suffering because of war 
- Catholic bishops debate: Where does doctrine end and pastoral practice begin? 
- Gospel is joyful path, not burdensome rules, Durocher tells Synod 
- Speakers ask Pope, Synod to clear up 'confusion' on contraception 
- Mixing it up: Synod members turn to metaphor to get message across 
- Real-life experience can strengthen Church teaching, bishops tell Synod 
- On sexual and medical ethics, synod fathers speak of 'graduality' 
- Speakers tell pope, synod that parishes should welcome same-sex couples 
- Philippine cardinal hopes synod debate goes beyond Communion question 
- Pope tells bishops at family synod to speak fearlessly, listen humbly 
- Blessed married couples, St. Therese of Lisieux, highlighted at synod
- Synod members called to seek unity in diversity, cardinal says
- Opening family synod, Pope warns bishops of hypocrisy, pride and greed
- On eve of family synod, Pope prays for "open and faternal" debate
- Cardinal Kasper: Pope wants bishops to decide on Communion proposal
- Cardinal says synod will have open discussion, even on sensitive topics
- Synod takes square aim at family
- Communion for divorced Catholics: the Church experts agree to disagree
- Bishops address issues of Canadian Church
- Words of advice for engaged couples
- Pope Francis names panel to streamline marriage annulment process
- Ouellet defends indissolubility of marriage
- Pope Francis could get the Synod he didn't want
- Daunting challenge
Synod document cites cultural and economic threats to family