Last Updated: Oct 19, 2014

Interreligious marriage: a look at the synod from India's perspective

Vatican City, Oct 19, 2014 / 06:01 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- While some countries face family issues such as divorce and polygamy, the synod’s Indian participants have voiced concern for interreligious marriages, which pose pastoral concerns across Asia.

Church teaching on sexuality is simple, but not easy

Vatican City, Oct 19, 2014 / 06:02 am (EWTN News/CNA).- When it comes to human sexuality, one of the predominant themes being discussed by participants at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family pertains to the certainty that truth and mercy cannot be separated.  

Hard winter looms for Iraq's 'betrayed' Christian refugees

Erbil, Iraq, Oct 18, 2014 / 05:45 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Despite efforts by northern Iraq’s Catholic bishops to ensure that Christians and other refugees can survive the winter, housing shortages and a significant lack of financial support pose serious threats.

Pope Francis' closing synod speech received with standing ovation

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2014 / 05:15 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis' address at the conclusion of the Synod on the Family, delivered Saturday, was responded to with a four-minute standing ovation on the part of the bishops attending the Vatican meeting.