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Synod on the Family: concluding remarks of Pope Francis

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2015 synod buttonThe 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World ended Sunday, October 25, 2015, with the closing Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica. The homily by Pope Francis, and his closing address on the Synod's last working day are available on the Website of the Holy See. Vatican Information Service as well as Vatican Radio have provided a summary outlining the Synod's final "relatio" or report which was approved by the Synod Fathers and submitted to the Holy Father.

The Pope's address on the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the institution of the Synod of Bishops is available as well on the Holy See's website. During the celebration of Vespers marking the 2015 Synod's conclusion, the Synod Fathers issued a renewed appeal for peace and the resolution of conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and Ukraine.

Synod 2015 Canadian BishopsThe office for media relations of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has prepared a summary together with links to news stories and reports on the Synod which cited the Bishops from Canada who have participated in the Synod on the Family. The Canadian Catholic television network Salt + Light TV also provided extensive coverage of the Synod with daily reports as part of its program "Inside the Synod".

Link to the Pope's homily for the closing Mass

Link to the appeal for peace by the Synod Fathers

Link to the Pope's address for the closing of the Synod

Link to the Pope's address for the 50th Anniversary of the Institution of the Synod of Bishops

Link to the report by Vatican Radio on the final "relatio"

Link to the CCCB report on media coverage on Canadians at the Synod (PDF)

Link to the archives of Salt + Light

Last Updated on Wednesday, October 28 2015  
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On January 13th 2010, Most Reverend Vincent Nguyen became Canada’s first Catholic Bishop of East Asian descent. He is the great-grandson of a Vietnamese Martyr.