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Synod’s final document affirms Church teaching, highlights faithful families

Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, and Cardinal Fernando Filoni talk as they leave the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 16. At right is Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, retired president of the Pontifical Academy for Life. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the pastoral…

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Pope Francis beatifies Pope Paul VI, the ‘great helmsman’ of Vatican II

A banner referencing "Humanae Vitae," the 1968 encyclical of Blessed Paul VI, is seen in the crowd at the conclusion of the beatification Mass of Blessed Paul celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 19. The Mass also concluded the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. Blessed Paul, who served as pope from 1963-1978, is most remembered for "Humanae Vitae," which affirmed the church's teaching against artificial contraception. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — Addressing those gathered in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday for the beatification of Paul VI, Pope Francis reminded Christians who live out the Gospel message that they are “God’s newness” both “in the Church and in the world.” In his Oct. 19 homily, the Pope said God is “continually surprising us, opening…