Synod, Day 8: A letter from several cardinals to Pope Francis, reportedly given to Francis on the first day of the synod, sees the cardinals sharply criticize the meeting.
Synod remarks: “We are bringing the same message," said Archbishop Thomas Msusa, Malawi's synod representative. "Let us live proudly the heritage of what we have received: the Christian family."
Synod Day 6: Discussions begin to center on two big issues: the role of mercy and the church's vision on the indissolubility of marriage.
Synod remarks: Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel said the Synod of Bishops should identify the position of the church “without condemning anybody with different views."
Synod Day 5: Participants released reports from 13 different small discussion groups that have been meeting since Tuesday.
Synod remarks: “How perfect and holy must one be to be allowed to the supper of the Lord?” Berlin's Catholic archbishop pointedly asked the Synod of Bishops.
Synod Day 4: "It would be difficult for anybody to tell me Africa is blocking anything," said Ghanaian Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle, speaking at a Vatican press conference Oct. 8.
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.
Synod Day 3: Liked minded groups are lobbying for their positions, Philly archbishop says. “That’s what happens when human beings get together.”
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.