"Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization"
October 3, 2014 (Vatican Radio) The stage is set for the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican, Oct. 5 to 19, on the theme, “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”. Probably Pope Francis gave the first hint of this when he told reporters July last year, he wanted a discussion to explore a "somewhat deeper pastoral care of marriage," including the question of the eligibility of divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion. On October 8, he announced that there would be an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Oct. 5-19, 2014, to discuss the “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”. But what is special about this synod is that it is a two-part event. Discussions of this III Extraordinary synod, starting Sunday, will not reach definitive conclusions but will set the agenda for a larger meeting of bishops in the XIV Ordinary General Assembly, to be held in October next year, whose theme will be, "Jesus Christ reveals the mystery and vocation of the family." That meeting will offer proposals for the Pope's approval for a final synod document.
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