National / International News

National / International News

Philadelphia couple joins family synod as marriage experts

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- Cathy and Tony Witczak of St. Isaac Jogues Parish, in Wayne, Pennsylvania, were taken by surprise when they were notified Pope Francis had invited them to participate as observers at the Synod of Bishops on the family, meeting in Rome through Oct. 26.

Pope Francis could visit Mexico in first half of 2016

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) -- Pope Francis is seriously considering a trip to Mexico in 2016, the vice director of the Holy See Press Office told CNA today.

Pope says synod is not parliament, but place to listen to Holy Spirit

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The world Synod of Bishops on the family is not a parliament where participants will negotiate or lobby, Pope Francis said, but it must be a place of prayer where bishops speak with courage and open themselves to "God who always surprises us."