Preparatory document and questionnaire released ahead of 2014 Synod on the family – full text

(Vatican Radio) The preparatory document for next year’s Synod of Bishops on the Family was formally released at a news conference in the Vatican on Tuesday.

The synod’s theme is “The pastoral challenges to the Family in the context of Evangelization and it will run from the 5th to the 19th of October 2014. The document gives an overview of Church teaching on the family and spells out in a frank manner the many daunting challenges facing the family in today’s society, saying there is an urgency for the Church to address these challenges.

The document also includes a questionnaire or consultation containing 39 questions on family issues that has been sent to bishops conferences around the world asking them to share it as widely as possible so that input from local sources can be received.

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