Pope opens Synod of Bishops Francisco Family

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Francisco calls for a synod to learn the family. | Photo: EFE

Pope Francisco first opened on Sunday the Synod of Bishops for the Family from St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican. The solemn Mass was called by the Pope to address the issue of the family in the context of the contemporary world.

According to international media, the opening ceremony of the Synod began at 10H00 local (8H00 GMT).

After the arrival of the Pope, the Synod Fathers marched down the aisle of the basilica and placed around the papal altar, from which Jorge Mario Bergoglio officiating, EFE reported.

The event is held under the slogan “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world” will run until 25 October.Work and plenary sessions will begin on Monday.

For this, the synod fathers are called to discuss the challenges of the family in today’s world. On this occasion issues such communion to remarried divorcees returned and the treatment of homosexuals, two topics that generated controversy in the Extraordinary Synod debated last year.

According to Vatican sources, the action will involve a total of 270 Synod Fathers, including bishops, cardinals, archbishops, patriarchs, priests and religious. Also present will be 24 experts in the field, 51 auditors, 14 “fraternal delegates” (of other religions) and a total of 18 marriages.IN CONTEXT
The activity takes place in a climate of tension, after the Vatican announced Saturday the expulsion of a priest who confessed his homosexuality. It is Kryzstof Charamsa Monsignor who was a mid-level official in the Vatican doctrinal office.

In newspaper interviews published in Italy and Poland on Saturday, he said he was happy and proud to be a gay priest and was in love with a man she identified as her boyfriend.

It is expected to know if the pope Francisco during his speech will address this issue. During his US tour, the religious leader met with a group of families and spoke of the importance of caring for children.Read »Papa Francisco ashamed clergy pedophilia US
He stated that it was committed with jealous vigilance to protect minors who were abused by priests who had under his responsibility in the tender care of children.

THE FACT Francisco is the first Latin American pope has dedicated break mindsets Vatican conservatives in defense of the dispossessed masses.
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