“In our day the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel by confronting the new and urgent pastoral needs facing the family”.
The Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops took place on 4th - 25th October, 2015 and had the theme of "the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world".
It reflected further on the points discussed at the 2014 Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops so as to formulate appropriate pastoral guidelines for the pastoral care of the person and the family. The 2014 Synod, called to define the status quaestionis (current situation) and to collect the participants experiences and proposals, can be understood as a preparation for the 2015 synod, and together, will form a single organic unity.
There were representatives from the world’s episcopal conferences in the Vatican. In addition, 18 married couples attended at the Pope’s request. During the three weeks, the main focus was on the modern day challenges families face. The working document identifies these four points: Fewer marriages among the young, Helping marriages, Connecting with children and broken families.
A series of short videos share some of the thoughts, hopes and prayers of the two Bishops representing the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference at the Synod in Rome from 4th - 25th October 2015, as they prepared for departure to this significant event within the life of the universal Church. View the videos here https://goo.gl/6iMuAY
Together, we pray for the members participating in the Synod on the Family, that they will be filled and guided by the the Holy Spirit.
Relevant information includes:
Final Report - III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization” (5-19 October 2014)
Pope Francis’ Speech at the Conclusion of the 2014 Family Synod (19 October 2014)