The Mexican bishops' conference and the Vatican have confirmed Pope Francis will visit Mexico in 2016, marking his first trip to this heavily Catholic country in throes of unrest over unresolved issues such as violence, crime and corruption.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx made it clear that the problem of whether or not to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to partake of communion would not be the synod's major topic.
NCR Today: Belgium's representative to the family synod has asked that prelates be given the "space and responsibility" to respond to the pastoral needs of those in their care.
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."
Eco Catholic: I believe an acoustics of the heart and the Earth is a key theological and spiritual source for the bold cultural revolution Laudato Si' invites.
Parish Diary: When Pope Francis was here in the United States it was a great week to be a Catholic in America.
A synod prelate has expressed concern that church leaders discussing family life issues may be limited in their understanding of those issues because of their celibate lifestyles.
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.