Catholic couples who ignore church teaching on contraception "don't know what they are missing," said a U.S. couple invited to address the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family.
A married couple from Brazil told Pope Francis and the Synod of Bishops that the church should stop giving "contradictory advice" on birth control and help Catholics obey church teaching against contraception.
On the same morning, one of the synod's leaders spoke forcefully against a widespread "contraceptive mentality" that has led many Catholics to think the use of artificial birth control is not a sin.
Bishops meeting at the Vatican to discuss issues of family life have to relearn how to do theology in order to address contemporary concerns, one archbishop said.
Q and A: Archbishop Joseph Kurtz said he hopes the synod can help support marriage and will convey "the beauty of the teachings of Jesus."
The Argentine pope is currently the 5-2 favorite to win the award, which the Nobel Institute will announce Friday. He faces stiff competition from Edward Snowden and Ban Ki-Moon.
During this morning's discussions, "there was no sense of doom or gloom or despair," but a desire to share ideas that are working to promote church teaching.
Africans "have come of age," said Nigerian Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama. "We should be allowed to think for ourselves."
Unable to resist telling the world about a personal event that is dear to his heart, Pope Francis said that 70 years ago to the day, he celebrated his first Communion.
"They say that you shouldn't talk about personal things, but I can't resist the temptation," he said at his weekly general audience Wednesday in St. Peter's Square.
Existing programs aimed at helping Catholic families are not strong enough to meet modern needs, a Wisconsin couple told the Synod of Bishops.
A papal commission on child protection will be expanding its nine-member panel to include more experts and another survivor of clerical abuse.