02/11/2015 11:35 am

Bishop Lonchyna: "We can understand each other and accept the basic Catholic doctrine of the family"

It's a week since the Synod of Bishops concluded in the Vatican having spent many days examining the theme: "The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World." Our General Secretary here at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Fr Christopher Thomas, caught up with Bishop Hlib Lonchyna, the Eparch of the Holy Family Eparchy of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Great Britain to get his thoughts and reflections.

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27/10/2015 4:22 pm

Family Synod: Final Press Conference held in London

Hard on the heels of the Family Synod press conference in Rome, Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Bishop Peter Doyle called a press conference in London on 27 October to recall their experiences at the Bishops Synod held in the Vatican from 5 - 25 October 2015 titled: 'The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World'. 

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26/10/2015 11:00 am

Family Synod: Final Press Conference in Rome

After the Family Synod's Closing Mass in Rome, two Synod Fathers from England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Bishop Peter Doyle, spoke to media professionals at a press conference held in the Vatican to discuss the Synod's final document and what comes next.

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25/10/2015 12:00 pm

Pope Francis: Homily at Closing Mass for Synod Assembly

Pope Francis delivered the homily at Mass being offered on Sunday morning, the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, to mark the close of the XIV Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, who have been gathered in Rome for the past three weeks to reflect on and discuss the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.

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24/10/2015 8:20 pm

Pope Francis addresses Synod of Bishops at conclusion

On Saturday evening the Synod on the Family came to a close when the Synod Fathers voted paragraph by paragraph on the final text. At the end of the vote the text was presented to the Holy Father.

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20/10/2015 4:01 pm

Cardinal: Time to discuss the Family Synod's final document

Here are the latest audio dispatches from Rome from Cardinal Vincent Nichols. The Cardinal has been moderating an English language group at the Synod of Bishops on the Family that concludes in the Vatican this weekend.

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23/10/2015 1:00 pm

What Christians can learn from the humble olive tree

The self described 'pessoptimist' Dr Harry Hagopian writes on the current violence between Israelis and Palestinians. Anyone who has travelled in the Holy Land knows that olive trees are omnipresent. On the hillsides and across the valleys, one can see hundreds of them dotting the landscape. Through the hot and dry summer months, they are often the only greenery to be seen for miles on end. In Jerusalem, despite the relentlessly long and rain-free months, the olives manage to grow and ripen. When everything else in this land is almost lifeless, the olive trees are ready for harvest.

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21/10/2015 11:50 am

Family Synod: Reflections from the Small Groups on the third part of the Synod's working document the Instrumentum Laboris

The Bishops Synod on the Family enters its latter stages and ahead of the Relatio Finalis, here are the reflections of the small working groups on the third part of the Instrumentum Laboris. Here you will find the official text of the reports made by the four English-speaking Small Groups. 

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20/10/2015 4:01 pm

Cardinal: Bishops bringing their work together at the Family Synod

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has sent through an audio report from the Vatican, 20 October, giving us an update on the Bishops Synod on the Family that is steadily bringing its work together to present to the Pope. 

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19/10/2015 6:11 pm

The Synod: Walking Together

On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the institution of the Synod of Bishops, the Holy Father addressed the Synod Fathers in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall on Saturday 17 October 2015. 

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16/10/2015 2:45 pm

Cardinal calls on Europe to look outwards and continue to learn from the rest of the world

Cardinal Vincent Nichols called on Europe to be open to the rest of the world and praised the Synod of Bishops for playing an important role in encouraging this change in an address in the Vatican to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Synod of Bishops. 

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09/10/2015 2:03 pm

Family Synod: Bishop Peter Doyle's update

Synod Father Bishop Peter Doyle joins us over the phone for a Family Synod update as the second week concludes.

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15/10/2015 5:59 pm

Cardinal Nichols: Halftime report on the Family Synod

In this update, over the phone from Rome, Cardinal Vincent Nichols describes the first two weeks of discussions as a "rich and satisfying process" but explains how participants at the Synod were working to balance the understand of the Church as both 'teacher' and 'mother'.

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14/10/2015 6:22 pm

Cardinal Vincent Nichols speaks to journalists at the Family Synod Press Conference held on 14 October 2015

Here's an English language edit of a media conference held in Rome today, 14 October 2015, at the Holy See's press office. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, a Synod Father and small group moderator, gave an update on the Family Synod, now well into its second week, and took questions from the assembled journalists.

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14/10/2015 5:36 pm

Statement from Bishop Declan Lang on recent violence in the Holy Land

As Chair of International Affairs at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and also of the Holy Land Coordination, I have been following with mounting concern the violence that has taken hold again in many parts of Israel and Palestine.

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14/10/2015 2:09 pm

Reflections from the Small Groups on the second part of the Instrumentum laboris at the Family Synod

The Synod of the family continues and this morning, 14 October, we see the the second set of reports from the working groups that came together earlier in the week to reflect on the second part of the Instrumentum Laboris, in light of the contributions made in classroom during the debate held in the previous General Congregations. Here you will find the text of the reports made by the four English speaking Small Groups from the second working session.

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14/10/2015 11:28 am

Leading Catholic evangelists focus on dialogue with atheists and agnostics

Representatives from 19 Catholic dioceses in England and Wales met at a national meeting this week to explore effective means of entering into dialogue with atheists and agnostics.

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13/10/2015 3:30 pm

Charity releases report on Christians oppressed for their faith

Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has released its global report on Christians oppressed for their faith titled "Persecuted and Forgotten?". The report covers the time frame 2013-2015, a time when the numbers of displaced and refugees have hit an all-time high. 

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13/10/2015 8:56 am

Intervention: Bishop has "learned the importance of listening to families"

Here is Bishop Peter Doyle's first Family Synod intervention recalling his experiences of family life in his own family context and in 37 years of parish ministry. He describes how his eyes have been opened to the "messiness of family life and the sheer business of coping".

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09/10/2015 2:03 pm

Cardinal Nichols: Synod Pathway is becoming clearer

Cardinal Vincent Nichols spoke to us just a few moments ago to give us an update from the Family Synod in Rome. Having just completed the morning session, the Cardinal gave us a few minutes of his break, over the phone, to look back on a busy first week.

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