Catholics urged to participate in family survey

The Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF) is gathering feedback from local Catholics in preparation for an important bishops’ meeting on the family to be held in Rome.The XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be held from Oct 4-25, and will discuss the topic, The Vocation and Mission of the Family [...]

My reflections on the family synod

Ideas were ‘frankly expressed’, says Archbishop John Ha of KuchingThe journeying together (which the word “Synod” means) of the Bishops as shepherds of their respective Catholic communities with Pope Francis was for me a profound experience of the universal Church as a pilgrim people. The Bishops were from all over the world. While some knew [...]

Other Pontifical Acts – 8 April 2014

Vatican City, 8 April 2014 (VIS) ? The Holy Father has: – appointed Bishop William Terrence McGrattan, auxiliary of Toronto, Canada, as bishop of Peterborough (area 25,900, population 437,300, priests 83, permanent deacons 8, religious 104), Canada. He succeeds Bishop Nicola De Angelis, C.F.I.C., whose resignation upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the [...]

Other Pontifical Acts – 2 April 2014

Vatican City, 2 April 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has: – confirmed the erection of the archiepiscopal esarchate of Kharkiv, Ukraine by His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, major archbishop of Kyiv-Halyc, with the consent of the Synod of the Greek Catholic Church, with territory from the current archiepiscopal esarchate of Donetsk-Kharkiv, Ukraine. – gave his [...]

Archbishop Paglia: Families Are A Majority In The Church

Vatican City, 25 February 2014 (VIS) – Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, commented in his presentation of the Pope’s letter to families that during these months the family has been, more than ever before, in the mind and the heart of the Church. He gave examples including the pilgrimage [...]