What's this? / Report Bad Ads
Latest News
Vatican

Vatican comments on situation of missing Chinese Bishop Shao Zhumin

June 26, 2017. Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, from Wenzhou in Continental China, was taken into custody by Chinese police on Easter weekend 2017. While recognized as a bishop in the Catholic Church, he is an unofficial bishop or "underground” in China, since the Chinese government does not recognize him as religious.
Pope Francis

Pope Francis' complete schedule for Colombia trip

June 23, 2017. He will go to Colombia September 6-11.
Vatican

Bruno Marie Duffé, new secretary of the Department for Integral Development

June 16, 2017. Thepope has named French priest Bruno Marie Duffé, from Lyon, number two of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. He will be in charge of one of the key offices in the Vatican Curia.
Pope Francis

Angela Merkel to meet with pope on June 17

June 9, 2017. The Vatican has confirmed that on Saturday, June 17, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with Pope Francis. Both have previously met in Rome in May 2016, February 2015 and May 2013, two months after Pope Francis was elected pontiff.
Pope Francis

Pope Francis to meet with Venezuelan bishops on June 8

June 5, 2017. Pope Francis will meet with Venezuelan bishops next Thursday to discuss the situation their country is facing.
Vatican

New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

May 31, 2017. The Brazilian priest Alexandre Awi Mello, the National Director of Brazil's Schönstatt Movement, will serve as the new secretary. He was born Rio de Janeiro in 1971, and ordained a priest in 2001.

A look at the numbers of the Synod on the New Evangelization

2012-10-04

There are different types of participants. The main one's are the Synod Fathers, meaning cardinals and bishops. The Pope directly named 36 of them. The rest are chosen by Episcopal Conferences.

There will be 45 experts who will present their different subjects in the meetings. Another 49 of them are called observers. They will attend the meetings but they will not directly intervene.

The Synod on the New Evangelization will also bring together representatives of several movements and congregations that were formed in the last few years.

For example, Kiko Arguello, of the Neocatechumenal Way, Sister Mary Prema Pierick, superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, Maria Voce, president of the Focolare Movement and the president of Communion and Liberation, Julian Carrón.

The Synod will last until October 28th. During those three weeks, the Vatican will focus on finding new ways of bringing the Gospel and its message to the countries that need it.

Synods are a product of the Second Vatican Council.  The first one was held under Paul VI in 1967. This October meeting will mark the 21st .

There are four types of synods: ordinary, extraordinary, particular and special. The Synod on the New Evangelization falls under the ordinary category. It will be the 13th of that group and the fifth to be presided by Benedict XVI.

The ordinary Synods are those that are called on by the Pope to deal with current issues that are of concern to the entire Church.

Those that fall under the extraordinary category, deal with urgent issues that affect geographical areas. Some have taken place in Holland, Lebanon and Africa.

BR/KLH
RR
-GDP
-MGZ