Family Synod 2015

Church and society must learn from families, pope says at audience

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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.

Canadian archbishop's full remarks to Synod on women deacons

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Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher told Catholic News Service Tuesday that he had used his three-minute address to the worldwide meeting of Catholic bishops in Rome to address the church's stance towards women, proposing the ordination of women as deacons.

Durocher, who is a former president of the Canadian bishops' conference and leads the archdiocese of Gatineau in Quebec, has posted the full text of his remarks at his French-language blog.

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