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People react as the final vote of the referendum on same-sex marriage is announced May 23 in Dublin. During the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 10, Irish Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin spoke about the referendum, faith and finding language to share church teaching with a new generation of Catholics. (CNS photo/Aidan Crawley, EPA) See SYNOD-WELCOME-CHALLENGE Oct. 12, 2015.

Method of teaching about family can alienate people, synod members say

October 12, 2015 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Just like a family, the Catholic Church should challenge members to grow and behave better, but also like a family, it should not exclude those who still have some growing to do, said Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio. Bishop Murry and other members of the Synod…

Pope Francis arrives to lead a session of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 9. (CNS/Paul Haring) See POPE-PRAYERS-MIDEAST and SYNOD-GROUPS-REPORT Oct. 9, 2015.

Synod surprises: Universal compassion, inaccurate coverage, couples say

October 12, 2015 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Two couples attending the Synod of Bishops on the family said what surprised them most about their first synod in Rome was reading inaccurate media coverage of the closed-door proceedings, the diversity problems families face around the world and the synod fathers’ great concern and compassion for the…

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