Germany's Cardinal Walter Kasper will give the opening address at a two-day meeting of the College of Cardinals later this week, reports The Catholic Herald.
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said that in his address, Cardinal Kasper (president Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity) would deal with Church teaching on the family, according to Catholic News Service.
The cardinals’ meeting will take place from February 20 to 21 and Pope Francis will be in attendance. The meeting is a preparatory one ahead of October’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the 'pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelisation'.
Pope Francis has said the synod will explore the the question of giving Communion to the divorced and remarried. Cardinal Kasper has previously stated his preference for the Church giving Communion to divorced and remarried Catholics.