The first week of the Synod of Bishops on the family featured days of speeches and small group work followed by small group reports Oct. 9 that offered suggestions for improving the first chapter of the working document.
The eighth annual Friends of the Poor Walk brings together Catholics who support the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and benefits the work its nearly 7,000 volunteers at 85 parish-based Vincentian conferences of charity carry out daily to support those in need.
The Synod of Bishops on the family must find ways to give Catholic families a leading role in evangelizing and supporting other families, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops told the synod.
Accompanying God's word with a real example or story from someone's life helps people know "the facts, that there are so many other people also having problems" and how Christ offers healing, Maria Gomes told Catholic News Service
A man, who gave more than 40 years of his life to the Church via the diaconate, was called home to heaven. Dcn. Larry Whelan, from San Francisco de Asís Parish in Flagstaff, passed away Sept. 20 following complications from a surgery. He was 81.