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My discovery was to change that to “OUR family.” It made such a difference and made the document more alive and real. Cardinal John Dew from Rome

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The family is actually what people treasure the most – even though there are obviously difficulties and tensions within a family. It is the family that gives meaning to all that they do. If we spend all our time focusing on family problems we will miss the joy if what families are all about. Cardinal John Dew from Rome

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Altars galore

5 Oct 2015

Better put the range of views on the same topics are far fetching and, understandably, this has already led to some impassioned interventions of quite differing positions. For some, openness invites fear for others it incites new possibilities. Bishop Charles Drennan from Rome

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It is very clear to see that in the midst of many questions and what appears to be some tension in the Hall that the Holy Father trusts totally in the presence and work of the Holy Spirit, and that he expects everyone else to do the same. Cardinal John Dew from Rome.

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There is a sense of excitement and anticipation here in Rome as the Synod on the Family enters its second phase. There is also a sense of wondering what will actually happen and people are saying that this is a challenging time for Pope Francis. Cardinal John Dew from Rome.

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The Opening Mass

4 Oct 2015

Celebrating Mass in St Peter’s is a special joy and with the Pope even more so. The Bishops close to me in the procession came from Algeria, Greece, Romania, Hungry, Nigeria and Australia indicating something of the universal nature of the Church. Bishop Charles Drennan from Rome.

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In Italy most people remain with the same employer for their entire working life. There is not a churn in staff. That’s the same at Casa Santa Marta and so there’s a family atmosphere. I feel I’ve been welcomed ‘home’ by the staff. Bishop Charles Drennan from Rome.

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Yet a theology that does not shape the conversations, enliven the neighbourhoods, transform the lives of the people of our times is of what worth? As Bishops we teach – yes – but this does not equate to winning an argument or proving a point. We teach in order to elicit in others (and ourselves) a desire to live what we come to know and love. Bishop Charles Drennan from Rome.

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Since my name was published as a participant I’ve received many unsolicited emails, articles, and books from around the world trying to convince me of a certain take. The least helpful are those sent by people who too readily assume their view is that of the Church. The most useful are insightful because they are humble, measured and clever. Bishop Charles Drennan from Rome.

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A Tribute to Alan Kurdi, 3 years, drowned 28 August 2015 as his family fled Syria Written by James B. Lyons September 2015

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