Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open
October 20, 2014

The final document from the Synod of Bishops on the family is grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the pastoral care of homosexuals.

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Veterans welcomed with fanfare
October 20, 2014

Forty-five veterans of World War II and the Korean War received a big welcome when they returned to Rochester after an Honor Flight trip to Washington D.C.

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Synod groups emphasize church teaching over welcoming language
October 16, 2014

The Synod of Bishops must focus on the beauty of Christian marriage and not let an approach of "welcoming" and mercy override the church's duty to call people to turn away from sin, according to a number of reports from the synod's small groups.

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Synod report calls for welcoming gays, nonmarital unions
October 13, 2014

In a shift of tone for an official Vatican document, an official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops on the family emphasized calls for greater acceptance and appreciation of divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and homosexuals.

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U.S. couple at synod calls for expanded marriage teaching
October 7, 2014

Existing diocesan programs and Catholic organizations aimed at helping Catholic families fulfill their vocation clearly are not strong enough to meet modern needs, a Wisconsin couple told the Synod of Bishops.

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Opening family synod, pope warns bishops of hypocrisy, pride and greed
October 6, 2014

Opening a two-week Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis warned participants against the temptations of hypocrisy, pride and greed, urging them instead to serve the church with "freedom, creativity and hard work."

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Diocese issues policy updates
September 30, 2014

Changes to confirmation, first reconciliation and first Communion are among the updated sacramental guidelines released by the Diocese of Rochester.

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Students embrace faith on campus
September 29, 2014

Away from home, college students find similarity and support through the Catholic ministries at Cornell University and Ithaca College.

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