Speak your mind, Pope tells Synod participants

Francis addresses Synod

Bishops and cardinals should speak boldly during the Vatican's Synod on the Family, Pope Francis said in opening remarks to the gathering’s first session yesterday. “Let no one say ‘this cannot be said,’” the Pope Said.

- The Tablet

Francis explained that one cardinal had written to him after the consistory gathering in February saying some cardinals had been fearful of speaking in case they said things the Pope didn’t like.

But Francis, who is due to attend the vast majority of the Synod sessions, said this should not happen during the current gathering and urged the Synod fathers to speak with “parrhesia” – a word from ancient Greek, meaning to speak freely or boldly.

The consistory of cardinals in February heard an address from Cardinal Walter Kasper, who put forward proposals to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion.

While the Synod formally opened yesterday, today is the first time the bishops have gathered for discussion.

The first week of the Synod – which runs until the 19 October – will focus on different themes related to the family and today's discussions include contributions on “God’s plan for marriage and the family.”

FULL COVERAGE

Speak freely and boldly, Pope Francis tells bishops at Synod on the Family (The Tablet)

Francis: Church must reach out a hand, not beat with a stick, and recognise the world has changed (The Tablet)

OPENING DAY COVERAGE

Pope opens Synod criticizing 'bad shepherds,' those who 'thwart' God (NCR)

Opening family synod, pope warns bishops of hypocrisy, pride and greed (CNS)

Pope Francis opens Synod on the Family by warning bishops not to thwart God’s plan (The Tablet)

Pope launches review of Church teaching on family, marriage (AFP/Yahoo7)

Pope Francis opens landmark synod to review Church's position on divorce, contraception, pre-marital sex (ABC)

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