Cardinal Nichols gives unique insight on Family Synod discussions

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Cardinal Vincent Nichols, as President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, is a ‘Synod Father’ at the current Bishops’ synod meeting on family life taking place in the Vatican – the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family.

Despite a tight schedule, we were able to record a seven-minute podcast in the garden at the Venerable English College in Rome on 8 October 2014.

The Cardinal gives us an insight into discussions – including the shape and form of the sessions in the Synod Hall. Even though it’s early days, delegates have listened to over a hundred talks.

Each session has begun with an address by a married couple sharing their own unique experiences:

“They set the scene. The biggest picture in that scene is the underlying confidence and desire to convey to our societies today that the family is an absolutely crucial part of our well-being and that God’s design for the family, made possible in our life in Christ, is critical for our future.

“There’s a desire to really announce the good news of the family.”


To the right of this page, you can listen to a clip from the podcast using the audioBoom player and the full podcast using the SoundCloud player. You can download using the link.

Full duration: 7m 17s

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