Synod on the Family

October 4-25, 2015, bishops megwith the pope in Rome for an Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, where they discussed topics related to the theme “Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and the Modern World.” This Synod followed last year’s Extraordinary Synod which focussed on pastoral challenges regarding family life.

Pope Francis provided the following prayer for the Synod during an Angelus address on the Feast of the Holy Family in 2014:


Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendor of true love,
to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
synod-on-family-graphicmay be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.