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Pope Francis thanks the media as he leaves the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 18. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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Gerard O'ConnellOctober 17, 2014
The atmosphere is tense around the Vatican on the eve of the vote on the Final Report of the extraordinary synod on the family nbsp It has revived memories of what happened in the early days of the Second Vatican Council those who were here at that time tell me nbsp A number of synod fathers ha
Vatican official, Denver archdiocesan vocations director pose for selfie during vocation conference. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
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David StewartOctober 17, 2014
Humanity is a long way from grasping all the potential of the Internet even in the so-called First World where we are all online 24 7 at least so we rsquo re told In recent years we rsquo ve begun to distinguish between nbsp digital natives younger people who rsquo ve known nothing but the digit
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Gerard O'ConnellOctober 17, 2014
Vietnam rsquo s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said his meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican on Saturday October 18 ldquo will present an opportunity for both sides to enhance mutual understanding thus strengthening the relationship between Viet Nam and the Holy See rdquo The meeting he sa
Cardinals, bishops and auditors pose outside Paul VI hall during the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 16. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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Gerard O'ConnellOctober 16, 2014
Right now a lot of work is being done behind the scenes at the synod of bishops in the Vatican as a team of eleven synod fathers assisted by expert staff sift through the hundreds of amendments and additions to the synod rsquo s interim-Report on the family and begin drafting its Final Report Giv
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Gerard O'ConnellOctober 15, 2014
The synod is on the home stretch The drafting of the Final Report begins tomorrow Oct 16 The finished text will be presented to the plenary assembly on Saturday morning Oct 18 and voted on that afternoon There is a sense of great expectation even some anxiety as participants wait to read t
Pope Francis wipes eyes at start of morning session of extraordinary Synod of Bishops on family at Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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Gerard O'ConnellOctober 14, 2014
While very many synod fathers warmly welcomed and appreciated the midway report presented by the Relator General Cardinal Peter Erdo on Oct 13 a significant number expressed serious objections to parts of that interim text both in terms of content and style That text sought to summarize the ri