Pope says ministry to divorced, remarried is not only topic for synod

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October 6, 2015

Pope Francis arrives for the morning session of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 6. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-SYNOD-OPEN Oct. 5, 2015.

Pope Francis arrives for the morning session of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 6. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As the discussion began at the world Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis urged members not to act as if the only question that mattered was the pastoral care of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, his spokesman said.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told reporters Oct. 6 that the pope took the microphone that morning to affirm again that “Catholic doctrine on marriage has not been touched or put into question.”

Pope Francis told the bishops that the only documents that are “official” for their work are the speeches he gave at the opening and closing of last year’s synod and the final report voted on by synod members in October 2014. The report, along with additions made based on responses to a questionnaire, is the working document for this year’s synod, Father Lombardi said.

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