Cardinal Nichols: Halftime report on the Family Synod

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It’s the halfway stage of the Bishops’ Synod on the Family taking place in Rome from 4 – 25 October.

We’ve been getting regular reports from the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales – Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

In this update, over the phone from Rome, the Cardinal describes the first two weeks of discussions as a “rich and satisfying process” but explains how participants at the Synod were working to balance the understand of the Church as both ‘teacher’ and ‘mother’.

Mercy, love, justice and truth are at the heart of what’s being discussed – especially when talking about the most difficult family situations.

Cardinal Nichols discusses the theological “fresh ground” being explored by Pope Francis and challenges the perception that the Synod is divided but acknowledges the challenges and tensions of the process.

Duration: 6m 23s

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