The Synod of Bishops has softened the church’s practice towards those who have divorced and remarried, saying they should discern decisions individually with priests.
Pope Francis announced he is establishing a new office for laity, family and life, which combines the responsibilities of two pontifical councils.
One of the cardinals drafting the final document from the Synod of Bishops says he does not expect it to propose a path to Communion for the remarried.
Anglican Bishop Tim Thornton’s vivid purple cassock instantly marks him as an outsider at the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops on the family. He is one of 14 fraternal delegates.
Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias said that the final document from the ongoing Synod of Bishops on family "will not have all the answers, but it will have a direction."
Synod Interview: Rwandan Bishop Antoine Kambanda is concerned that young people who grew up as orphans following the horrific 1994 genocide now have no experience in how to build families.
Text of the German-speaking group's proposal for a possible way for Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics at the Synod of Bishops.
Just Catholic: You get the impression that the synod participants are not talking with but rather at each other, and that everybody is angrily defending … what?
The group of German speaking prelates at the ongoing synod has presented a way that certain divorced and remarried Catholic persons might be allowed to take Communion in the church.