Synod of Bishops on the Family 2014
Family life will be the focus of an extraordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops that will meet at the Vatican between 5th-19th October 2014. Around 150 Synod fathers will take part in the meeting to discuss the "pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization." It is expected to last two weeks.
The Synod will take place at the Vatican next October 5th-19th, 2014 on the theme: "Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization."
The purpose of this consultation is to help the Church develop concrete proposals for another Synod in 2015 which in turn will produce specific guidance on the pastoral care of the family for our times.
Pope Francis has invited faithful to join him sprititually in prayer for the upcoming Concistory and for the next Synod of Bishops which will focus on the theme of the Family.
Celebrating the Feast of the Holy Family on this first Sunday after Christmas, the Holy Father invited the faithful to join him spiritually in prayer for the upcoming Synod of Bishops, which will focus on the Family. The Pope entrusted the work of the bishops to Jesus, Mary and Joseph and recited this prayer:
PRAYER TO THE HOLY FAMILY
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate
the splendour of true love, to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalised find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth, may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer.