Vatican Announces Prayer Initiatives Ahead of Next Year's Synod

The Vatican has announced prayer initiatives to coincide with next year’s Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

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The Synod, to take place at the Vatican in October, will focus on the theme “The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelisation”.

On Sunday, 22 December, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia will preside over the Holy Mass at the Basilica of the “Sagrada Familia” in Barcelona.

On Sunday, 29 December, Feast of the Holy Family, at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Secretary General of the Synod, Bishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, will celebrate Mass with the aforementioned prayer intention. On the same day, in the Sanctuary of the Holy House of Loreto, the Pontifical Delegate Archbishop Giovanni Tonucci will celebrate Mass with the same intention.

Also on Sunday, 29 December, at the Angelus prayer, the Holy Father will deliver a special prayer he has composed for the family; the Basilicas of Loreto and Nazareth will be connected via live television.

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