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Pope Francis asks for prayers for the Synod on the family

Pope Francis asks for prayers for the Synod on the family

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis asked the faithful to pray for the extraordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops on the Family due to open on Sunday.

Around 150 Synod fathers from across the globe will take place in the meeting to discuss the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization. The Synod will last two weeks, ending with a conclusive Mass on Oct 19.    

Speaking to the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly General Audience the Pope asked for prayers and focused his catechesis on the many gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Among these gifts – he said – there are the charisms, which are particularly precious graces which the Spirit bestows upon the faithful for the benefit of the whole community.

These gifts which are rich and varied – Pope Francis pointed out – are granted to individuals who are called to share them generously for the good of all, they must never – he said – become a source of division.

Today let us ask the Lord – the Pope urged those present – to help us recognize with gratitude this great outpouring of spiritual gifts which enables the Church to persevere in faith, to grow in grace and to be an ever more credible sign and witness of God’s infinite love.  In a particular way, may each of us consider the special gifts he or she has received, and how we choose to use those gifts to advance the Church’s unity, life and mission in the world.

(from Vatican Radio)