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The relator of the Vatican’s Synod on the Family, which began in earnest today, hinted that the process of granting annulments to couples whose marriages had failed could be streamlined.
A married couple has told Pope Francis and the Vatican’s synod on the family that parishes should welcome gay couples in what could be seen as a “model of evangelisation”.
Pope Francis has stated that the Church “must not withdraw into dogma” and should recognise that “the world has changed”.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Kieran Conry days after he admitted to having been “unfaithful to my promises as a Catholic priest”.
Bishops and cardinals should speak boldly during the Vatican's Synod on the Family, Pope Francis said in opening remarks to the gathering’s first session this morning.
Pope Francis has warned bishops not to “thwart” the synod on the family with their own ideas but instead find ways to support ordinary Catholics.
Bishops from around the world are meeting in Rome from 5 to 19 October to discuss issues affecting the family. A year ago the Vatican sent out a detailed questionnaire in which thousands of Catholics gave their views on issues such as marriage, divorce, single parenthood, gay relationships and contraception. Already in recent weeks, cardinals have openly argued over a proposal to reform the ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Communion, but many other issues will be up for discussion.
Pope Francis has summoned the Vatican’s Middle East experts to an urgent summit on the plight of minorities in Syria and Iraq.
At Mass last night Cardinal Vincent Nichols took possession of his titular church, San Alfonso di Liguori all'Esquilino.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has said that priestly celibacy is not a dogma and “can be changed”.