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Caption: A tapestry of Blessed Paul VI hangs from the facade of St. Peter's Basilica during his beatification Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 19. The Mass also concluded the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. (CNS/Paul Haring)
A tapestry of Blessed Paul VI hangs from the facade of St. Peter's Basilica during his beatification Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 19. The Mass also concluded the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the 'great helmsman' of Vatican II

By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as the "great helmsman" of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, as well as a "humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church."

The pope spoke during a homily in St. Peter's Square at a Mass for more than 30,000 people, under a sunny sky on an unseasonably warm Oct. 19.
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Caption: Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, England, talks with Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, as they leave the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 18. Also pictured is Italian Cardinal Carlo Caffarra of Bologna, center. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, England, talks with Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, as they leave the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 18. Also pictured is Italian Cardinal Carlo Caffarra of Bologna, center. (CNS/Paul Haring)
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Editors: Contents of Origins CNS Documentary Service, Vol. 44, No. 21 (Oct. 23, 2014):

-- Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, presents a midterm summary of discussions at the extraordinary session of the Synod of Bishops on the family.

-- Stephen and Sandra Conway describe to the Synod of Bishops their experiences as coordinators in Africa of Retrouvaille, a program for troubled marriages.

-- The Minnesota dioceses of St. Paul-Minneapolis and Winona and attorney Jeff Anderson, who has represented plaintiffs in dozens of clerical sexual abuse lawsuits filed against the dioceses, announce new protocols for the protection of children as part of a landmark settlement by the parties.

-- In separate statements Archbishop John C. Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Bishop John M. Quinn of Winona, Minnesota, and Joe Doe 1, the original plaintiff in a Minnesota sexual abuse lawsuit, commend new protocols for protecting children and helping abuse survivors heal.

-- Every country has a primary duty to protect its own population from unjust aggression and when unable to do so, the international community must intervene, says the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations, Archbishop Bernardito Auza.

-- Any attempt at immigration reform must take into account the children and other family members left behind when economic or social conditions cause parents to emigrate, says Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, Vatican delegate to international organizations in Geneva.

-- Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis issues a call for peace in the wider St. Louis area amid the continuing community unrest following the police shooting of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown in August.


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