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Catholic 'Synod of Bishops' to discuss family issues [Commentary]

Catholic 'Synod of Bishops' to discuss family issues [Commentary]

Last Monday, the extraordinary Synod of Bishops to discuss the "Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization" began in Rome. The synod represents a key moment in the papacy of Pope Francis and in the life of the Roman Catholic Church, which is looking for more effective ways of communicating what it believes and teaches about marriage and family life and of supporting those who wish to live according to church teaching and are struggling to do so in the face of contemporary challenges.

Pope Francis took the unusual step of calling for the synod last year. One of only three such gatherings to occur since the 1960s, this month's synod brings together...