Tag: synod

Synod document: New ministries can serve evangelization in Amazon

VATICAN CITY | To proclaim the Gospel message of hope, the Catholic Church in the Amazon must open new paths of evangelization in the region, including by instituting new ministries for lay men and women, the Synod of Bishops said. The final document of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon looked at ways the… Read more »

Catholics need to recognize ‘ecological sins,’ synod members say

VATICAN CITY | Synod members called for the Catholic Church to deepen its theology in a way that would help people recognize “ecological sins.” According to a Vatican News summary of the Oct. 8 afternoon session, members said that an “ecological conversion” was necessary to ensure that Christians understand the “gravity of sin against the… Read more »

Accurate reading of presynod text shows nothing to fear, theologian says

ROME | It only takes an accurate, unbiased reading of the working document for the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon to see its aim to find new ways to evangelize the region does not stray from church tradition or the teachings of previous popes, said a Brazilian theologian. “The preparatory document to the synod… Read more »

Pope explains aim of synod, warns against nationalism

VATICAN CITY | The upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon is an “urgent” gathering, not of scientists and politicians, but for the church whose main focus in discussions will be evangelization, Pope Francis said in a new interview. However, the importance of the Amazon region’s biodiversity and current threats it faces also will be… Read more »

Synod document: Listen to, support, guide, include young people

VATICAN CITY | The Catholic Church and all its members must get better at listening to young people, taking their questions seriously, recognizing them as full members of the church, patiently walking with them and offering guidance as they discern the best way to live their faith, the Synod of Bishops said. While the synod’s… Read more »

Synod groups on sexuality: Church welcomes all, calls all to conversion

VATICAN CITY | No one is excluded from the love of God or from being welcomed into the Catholic Church, but God’s love and the church’s welcome also come with a call to conversion, said the English-language groups at the Synod of Bishops. Young people need to know “the church’s beautiful, yet challenging, vision, teaching… Read more »

U.S. cardinal: Abuse crisis discussed at synod, will top bishops’ agenda

VATICAN CITY | While the clerical sexual abuse crisis did not dominate discussions at the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said it was discussed, and everyone in the room clearly believed the crisis has to be dealt with. Cardinal DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, spoke to Catholic… Read more »

Synod group reports focus on abuse, sexuality, friendship, mission

VATICAN CITY | In their first formal reports to the entire Synod of Bishops, many of the gathering’s working groups reported that they had discussed the clerical sexual abuse crisis and, especially, its impact on young Catholics. The theme of the synod is “young people, the faith and vocational discernment,” but the working group English-A,… Read more »

Listen to young people, be open to change, cardinal tells synod

VATICAN CITY | Members of the Synod of Bishops are called to recognize the challenges young people face in living their faith, interpret those challenges in the light of faith and make “courageous choices” to renew the Catholic Church and its ministry to teens and young adults, said Brazilian Cardinal Sergio da Rocha. The cardinal,… Read more »

Archbishop Chaput to pope: Cancel youth synod, meet about bishops

PHILADELPHIA | Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is asking Pope Francis to call off the Synod of Bishops on young people this October to focus instead on the life of the bishops. “I have written the Holy Father and called on him to cancel the upcoming synod on young people. Right now, the bishops would… Read more »