Working Document for the Synod of the Family

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Family life will be the focus of an extraordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops that will meet at the Vatican between 5-19 October 2014. 

Around 150 Synod fathers will take part in the meeting to discuss the “pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.”

This working document in preparation for the upcoming Synod of the Family is divided into three parts:

• The Gospel of the Family
• Challenges to the Pastoral Care of the Family
• Difficult Pastoral Situations

“The document offers a broad, yet by no means exhaustive, perspective on the present-day situation of the family, on the challenges of the family and on the reflections related to the family today.”

Cardinal Baldisseri, General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops

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