Synod surprises: Universal compassion, inaccurate coverage, couples say

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October 12, 2015

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.

Pope Francis arrives to lead a session of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 9. (CNS/Paul Haring)

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 family.

Even though Ketty De Rezende of Brazil studied and lived in the United States and Canada, she said hearing about the diversity of challenges families face in other parts of the world came as a surprise to her.

Ketty, with her husband Pedro, are active in Brazil in the pastoral care of families facing difficulties. But much of what they encountered in the Americas was very different from some of the problems needing attention in Asia and Africa, she said.

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