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.
Society and the church have much to learn from the family and, in fact, the bond between the church and the family is "indissoluble," Pope Francis said.
Families bring needed values and a humanizing spirit to society and, when they mirror God's love for all, they teach the church how it should relate to all people, including the "imperfect," the pope said Oct. 7 during his weekly general audience.
Synod Day 3: Liked minded groups are lobbying for their positions, Philly archbishop says. “That’s what happens when human beings get together.”
Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher said the synod should reflect on allowing for female deacons as it seeks to open up more opportunities for women.
Synod, Day 2: Italian archbishop: Discussion over communion for divorce and remarriage still "open;" Canadian: There are "differences of opinion."
While Pope Francis called on the Synod of Bishops to be open to the Spirit in its discussions, one cardinal seemed to say there could be no surprises on one issue.
Pope Francis opened the 2015 Synod with a call to remember that “the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”
The Vatican says it has a new methodology for the synod, focusing on more dialogue and discussion between bishops.
Vatican: Pope Francis' meeting with Kim Davis "should not be considered a form of support of her position." The pope also met a gay couple in DC.
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, head of the Pontifical Council for the Family and lead Vatican organizer of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, has been dropped from a criminal investigation.