The Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church gather in Rome for the “Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops” which will last for three weeks. Their theme is “the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.”It will “reflect further on the points discussed” at the 2014 Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops “so as to formulate appropriate pastoral guidelines” for the pastoral care of the person and the family.
Obviously all eyes are on their consideration of the contentious issues of divorce, further marriage after it, and same sex relationships. Their discerning here will be a defining moment of our times. But their more general reflections on the family, its nature and purpose in the contexts of today are also of the highest importance.
So let’s pray for the Synod and its members, with whom we would dare to say that we are one in Christ in the one world God has given us in which to live and love.
For a bit of briefing try the inevitable Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourteenth_Ordinary_General_Assembly_of_the_Synod_of_Bishops