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Passing on the Faith

Passing on the Faith is an initiative of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales to help parents and grandparents to pass on faith in God.

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25/10/2013 4:51 pm

Preparatory Document

The Lineamenta - or preparatory document - for the 2014 extraordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops on the family gives more information on the Vatican meeting that will examine the "Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context Of Evangelization". You can download the document as a PDF using the link in this article. 

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18/11/2013 4:00 pm

Diocesan contacts for the Synod Consultation

Below you will find a list of the Diocesan contacts for the Synod consultation along with the closing date for responses. The online Vatican Synod consultation has now closed.

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25/10/2013 6:38 pm

Questionnaire

Our online survey providing the questions of the Holy See's quesionnaire on the family has now CLOSED. However, some of our dioceses are still accepting responses for a limited time.

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02/11/2011 12:00 pm

The Family Synod Takes Place

The Fifth General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops met in Rome from 26 September to 25 October 1980. 148 bishops and 68 other delegates from across the globe, came together to discuss the Mission of the Christian Family in the Modern World. It was the first international meeting of John Paul II’s papacy and the world was poised to see what the Bishop from Poland would be like.

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22/11/2011 12:00 pm

Familiaris Consortio Published

On 22 November 1981 Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio was published.  It was more than a year after 200 delegates had gathered in Rome to discuss The Mission of the Christian Family in the Modern World.  Familiaris Consortio was the fruit of an intense month of reflection by the world’s bishops and the Holy Father’s response to their 43 resulting propositions.

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22/11/2011 12:00 pm

The Church and the Family in the Modern World

22 November 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio.  To date it remains the only report of this scale to be issued by the Holy See on the Church and its relationship to the family in the modern world. 

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22/11/2011 12:00 pm

The Synod is Announced

On 16 December 1978, Pope John Paul II agreed on ‘The Role of the Christian Family’ as the theme for the next World Synod of Bishops in 1980. In May 1979 the preparatory document or Lineamenta was published and responses were invited by 1 December 1979. 

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