Take a positive approach to families, synod members say

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October 10, 2015

U.S. Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago participates in prayer at the start of a session of the Synod of Bishops on the family attended by Pope Francis at the Vatican Oct. 9. (CNS/Paul Haring) See POPE-PRAYERS-MIDEAST and SYNOD-GROUPS-REPORT Oct. 9, 2015.

U.S. Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago participates in prayer at the start of a session of the Synod of Bishops on the family attended by Pope Francis at the Vatican Oct. 9. (CNS/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The first week of the Synod of Bishops on the family ended with near unanimous calls to be more positive in describing family life today and to show more appreciation for Catholic families living close to the church’s ideals. But there were also widespread questions among synod participants about the work they are expected to produce.

After listening to speeches and working in small groups Oct. 5-8, synod participants listened to the small group reports Oct. 9.

“At times our work has seemed more muddled than methodical,” wrote Australian Archbishop Mark Coleridge on behalf of the synod’s English Group C. “Our hope is that focus, if not perfect clarity, will emerge as the synod unfolds and we become more assured about both task and method.”

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