Synod observers call for empathy, support for struggling families

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October 16, 2015

Anthony Paul and Catherine Wally Witczak arrive for a session of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 12. The U.S. couple are observers at the synod. (CNS/Paul Haring)

Anthony Paul and Catherine Wally Witczak arrive for a session of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 12. The U.S. couple are observers at the synod. (CNS/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Couples attending the Synod of Bishops called for empathy and support from the church to families suffering difficult circumstances.

Several lay couples and a missionary sister addressed the synod Oct. 15-16, highlighting various issues facing families in their countries and abroad.

Anthony and Catherine Witczak, the international ecclesial team of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter, stressed the need for better programs for engaged and married couples in the church. They also said couples should not be separated when taking part in parish ministry, “but rather let their sacrament shine by allowing them to work as a team.”

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