Synod document to be released in March

Document long awaited

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on family life following last year’s Synod will be published in March, says the President of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family.

- Catholic News Agency

In an interview with the Portuguese Catholic agency Ecclesia, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia said that the Pope will release the document in March, and that it will “show that the Church is close to families in all stages of their lives.”

“I am convinced that the Apostolic Exhortation will be a hymn to love, to a love that will care for the well-being of children, that is open to wounded families who need strength, that wants to be close to the elder, a love that the whole of humanity needs,” Archbishop Paglia said.

The Italian archbishop is leading a week-long conference for the Catholic clergy of Portugal’s Southern ecclesiastic provinces under the title Family: Centrality, Renewal and Continuity.

The apostolic exhortation will be the conclusion of a multi-year synod process. In 2014 the Vatican hosted an Extraordinary Synod which was in preparation for the October 2015 Ordinary Synod. An estimated 190 bishops from around the world participated in each gathering.

The synods were surrounded by controversy, with hot-button topics of ministry to homosexuals and the divorced-and-remarried dominating media coverage.

Discussion in the Synod hall also touched on such issues as marriage preparation, pornography, and domestic violence and abuse.

The apostolic exhortation is expected to be based on the final report from the Synod, which was released on October 24.


Vatican official: Pope’s post-synod doc will be released in March (CNA)

Synod: “Pope to publish Exhortation by March,” says Mgr Paglia (Vatican Insider)

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