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Pope Francis asks families to pray for Synod in a letter

Thursday, February 27, 2014

In a letter to families around the world, Pope Francis asks for their prayers for the upcoming Bishops' Synod in October saying that their prayers are a precious treasure for the Church. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization. 

In the lead up to the Synod, bishops, priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful of the particular Churches of the entire world, are actively participating in preparations for the meeting through practical suggestions and the crucial support of prayer. Pope Francis reminds famililes in the letter that "This Synodal Assembly is dedicated in a special way to you, to your vocation and mission in the Church and in society; to the challenges of marriage, of family life, of the education of children; and the role of the family in the life of the Church." The following year a World Meeting of Families is scheduled in Philadelphia in September to further the theme. To view the contents of the letter follow this link: