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Understanding Marriage through St. Ignatius of Loyola

Among the keys to understanding Pope Francis are the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. In the first of the four-week exercises, you discover yourself to be a sinner, who is unconditionally forgiven and loved by God. This perspective leads the Holy Father to see the Church as a field hospital, as a mother and teacher, and as a fountain of mercy. It is within this Ignatian perspective that the teaching of Pope Francis is best understood, including his latest Apostolic Exhortation on love in the family.

Share truth of family with mercy, help those struggling, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The same mercy and patience that are essential for building a strong family must be shown to those whose families are in trouble or have broken up, Pope Francis said in his highly anticipated postsynodal apostolic exhortation.

Pope to release document on the family April 8

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican has set April 8 for the release of “Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love),” Pope Francis’ reflection on the family and family life.

Synod report has new emphasis, not changed doctrine, U.S. bishops say

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Several hours before the final report of the Synod of Bishops was put to a vote, two U.S. bishops said that what is new is not the Church’s message, but the synod’s emphasis and attitude toward the role of the family in the modern world.

The deeper synod question: How should church relate to the wider world

The world's bishops agree that Catholic families are the beating heart and busy hands of the church, but the tensions in the synod hall demonstrate that what they don't agree on is a vision of the church and its primary attitude to the world.

New pastoral approach does not change doctrine, Australian archbishop says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While Church doctrine must stay unchanged, an Australian archbishop expressed his hope that the Synod of Bishops will the lead the Church to a genuine pastoral approach using a new language of mercy toward families, particularly those in difficult situations.

Synod calls for Bible-based presentation of God’s plan for family

As members of the Synod of Bishops concluded work on the second of three chapters in their working document, they continued to call for a tone and for language that is clear, simple and encourages people to see it is possible to live the vocation of marriage and family life.

Fidelity, truth, love must guide Church outreach to families, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a world filled with challenges to marriage and family life, the Catholic Church is called “to carry out her mission in fidelity, truth and love,” Pope Francis said at the Mass opening the world Synod of Bishops on the family.

Pope says synod is not parliament, but place to listen to Holy Spirit

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The world Synod of Bishops on the Family is not a parliament where participants will negotiate or lobby, Pope Francis said, but it must be a place of prayer where bishops speak with courage and open themselves to “God who always surprises us.”

Eleven cardinals urge maintaining church rules on marriage

Cardinals coming from Europe, Asia, South America and Africa compiled their essays and personal pastoral reflections in a new book as well as urge extreme caution in considering any plan to readmit to Communion Catholics who have divorced and remarried civilly without having received an annulment.