Outline for synod on family calls for wide look at trials families face

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June 23, 2015

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The working document for this fall’s Synod of Bishops on the family called for expanded discussion and pastoral solutions to challenges such as how economic disparity and environmental degradation affect families as well as the impact of infertility, aging and disability.

The church seeks to address the actual and concrete situation of today’s families, who are “all in need of mercy, beginning with those who are suffering the most,” the document said.

The Vatican released the 77-page document, called an “instrumentum laboris,” June 23 in Italian during a news conference. Translations into other languages are still being worked on.

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