Synod Day 6: Discussions begin to center on two big issues: the role of mercy and the church's vision on the indissolubility of marriage.
Synod remarks: Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel said the Synod of Bishops should identify the position of the church “without condemning anybody with different views."
Synod Day 5: Participants released reports from 13 different small discussion groups that have been meeting since Tuesday.
Synod remarks: “How perfect and holy must one be to be allowed to the supper of the Lord?” Berlin's Catholic archbishop pointedly asked the Synod of Bishops.
Synod Day 4: "It would be difficult for anybody to tell me Africa is blocking anything," said Ghanaian Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle, speaking at a Vatican press conference Oct. 8.
NCR Editorial: Pope Francis isn't interested in a church that wins culture wars. He wants a church that transforms cultures.
Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher told Catholic News Service Tuesday that he had used his three-minute address to the worldwide meeting of Catholic bishops in Rome to address the church's stance towards women, proposing the ordination of women as deacons.
Durocher, who is a former president of the Canadian bishops' conference and leads the archdiocese of Gatineau in Quebec, has posted the full text of his remarks at his French-language blog.
Just Catholic: Early church fathers preferred asceticism but wrote that married households are the basis of Christian community.
The Mexican bishops' conference and the Vatican have confirmed Pope Francis will visit Mexico in 2016, marking his first trip to this heavily Catholic country in throes of unrest over unresolved issues such as violence, crime and corruption.