Catherine Clifford, a professor at St. Paul University in Ottawa, and Archbishop Stanisław Gadecki of Poland at the Synod on Synodality's Oct. 26, 2023, press briefing. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/EWTN News

Practice Can Vary But Doctrine Has to Be "same for everyone": Synod Delegate

Oct 26, 2023

Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki said Thursday one difficulty of synodality lies in distinguishing pastoral practice — which can be adapted — from Church doctrine.

Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/ACI Prensa

Mexican Cardinal Comments on Treatment of Controversial Issues at Synod on Synodality

Oct 26, 2023

Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes, the primatial archbishop of Mexico, downplayed the issues that have generated some controversy during the Synod on Synodality.

Delegates to the Synod on Synodality meet in the final days of the synod, Oct. 25, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Synod on Synodality Addresses the Church in Letter to the People of God

Oct 25, 2023

“This is not about ideology but about an experience rooted in the apostolic tradition,” says the letter inviting the faithful to play a larger role in“the discernment and decision-making” of the Church.

Pope Francis at the general audience at St. Peter's Square on Oct. 25, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: To Evangelize, "faith must be inculturated"

Oct 25, 2023

At his weekly general audience, Pope Francis recounted the story of Sts. Cyril and Methodius as one of encounter with the Slavic people. 

Pope Francis arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Jan. 31, 2023. The streets of the pope’s five-mile drive from the N’Dolo Airport to the presidential residence were lined with thousands of locals who cheered and waved flags. | Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican Statistics: Africa Had Biggest Increase in Catholics, While Numbers Fell in Europe

Oct 24, 2023

Catholics in the world numbered 1,375,852,000 people at the end of 2021, with an overall increase of 16.2 million compared with the previous year. 

Delegates meet at round tables during the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 10, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

The Synod on Synodality this Week: Anticipating a "Letter to the People of God"

Oct 23, 2023

The letter, expected to arrive Oct. 28, will serve as a compass, signaling the direction of a continuing synodal journey.

Father Timothy Radcliffe told the Synod on Synodality delegates on Oct. 23, 2023, that the time before the 2024 assembly "will be probably the most fertile time of the whole synod, the time of germination." | Credit: Vatican Media

Synod on Synodality’s "most fertile time" to Be Between the Assemblies: Spiritual Adviser

Oct 23, 2023

“These 11 months will be like a pregnancy,” Father Timothy Radcliffe told the synod delegates. “We, my brothers and sisters, are pregnant with new life.” 

A priest surveys the damage caused by ISIS at a Catholic Church in Karamles, Iraq. | Credit: Photo courtesy of Stephen Rasche

Pope Francis Criticizes West for Trying to Export "its own type of democracy"

Oct 23, 2023

“Saddam Hussein was certainly not a little angel, on the contrary,” Francis said, “but Iraq was a fairly stable country.”

Myanmar’s Cardinal Charles Maung Bo celebrates Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Synod on Synodality "a long march of hope for all humanity": Cardinal Delegate

Oct 23, 2023

Myanmar’s Cardinal Charles Maung Bo described the Synod of Synodality as “a long march of hope for all humanity” during a Mass on Monday.

Australian theologian Father Ormond Rush addresses the General Assembly of the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 23, 2023, in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. | Credit: Vatican Media livestream

Theologian Points to Vatican II’s "dynamic" Tradition in Synod on Synodality Speech

Oct 23, 2023

Tradition “was a major point of discussion at the Second Vatican Council,” Father Ormond Rush said Monday.

Pope Francis delivers his Sunday Angelus message to about 20,000 faithful in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Oct. 22, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis at Sunday Angelus: "We must not be slaves to any earthly power"

Oct 22, 2023

During Sunday’s Angelus, Pope Francis spoke to the faithful on the importance of the correct relationship between the Church and the state.

Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck of Essen, Germany at the Synod on Synodality press briefing Oct. 21, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez

Church should not ignore "signs of the times": German Synod Delegate

Oct 21, 2023

Bishop Overbeck cites Germany's "post-secular" context amid Synod's discussions on "decentralization."

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney spoke to EWTN on the occasion of the Synod on Synodality. | Credit: EWTN News

Synod Delegate: If Synod Proposal at odds with Gospel, ‘that’s not of the Holy Spirit’

Oct 20, 2023

“We’ve got to be careful about blaming everything — all our opinions, our interests, lobbies, and factions — putting all that on the Holy Spirit,” he said. 

Archbishop Faustino Armendáriz of Durango, Mexico. | Credit: Archdiocese of Durango

"It’s a challenge to seek the will of God" at Synod on Synodality, Synod Delegate Says

Oct 20, 2023

The archbishop of Durango, Mexico, Faustino Armendáriz, commented that “it’s a challenge to seek the will of God” at the Synod on Synodality.

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At Vatican Observatory, Astronomers Reveal Thousands of Newly Discovered Galaxies

Oct 20, 2023

The findings at the October conference “pave the road for a better understanding of the structure of the Milky Way and the formation of all galaxies in general.”

Synod on Synodality spokesman Paolo Ruffini speaks to the media during a press briefing at the Vatican on Oct. 18, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Synod on Synodality: LGBT Issues, Female Diaconate Discussed in Emotional Third Week

Oct 20, 2023

The process has been driven by what the Synod on Synodality calls “active listening and speaking from the heart.”

Pope Francis meets with World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder at the Vatican on Oct. 19, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

World Jewish Congress Leader Asks Pope to Use "moral authority" to Help Israeli Hostages

Oct 19, 2023

In his meeting with the pope, Ronald Lauder urged the pontiff “to use your power, to use your strength, to get these hostages released.”

Paolo Ruffini, president of the synod’s communication commission (left); Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas (center); and Cardinal Michael Czerny (right) at a press briefing on Oct. 19, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez

Synod on Synodality Poses “no danger to the nature of the Church”: Cardinal Delegate

Oct 19, 2023

Cardinal Michael Czerny made his assessment one day after Synod delegates were presented with a theologian’s sweeping vision for the hierarchical Church.

Bishop Pablo Virgilio S. David of Kalookan, Philippines (left), Cardinal Leonardo Steiner, archbishop of Manaus, Brazil (center), and Archbishop Zbigņev Stankevičs of Riga (right) all spoke at the Synod press conference on Oct. 18, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez

Someone in Sin Can’t Be Told “everything is all right”: Synod Delegate on Same-sex Unions

Oct 18, 2023

“If there is a person living in sin and we tell this person, ‘Everything is all right with you, it’s OK, go ahead,’ we do harm,” the prelate said.

Pope Francis at the general audience at St. Peter's Square on Oct. 18, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Stresses Need to Put Jesus at the Center of our Lives

Oct 18, 2023

At the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 18, the pope announced that Oct. 27 has been designated as a day of prayer and fasting.