Pope to Celebrate Synod's Opening Mass

Meeting on the Family to Get Underway on Sunday, Oct. 5th

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The Vatican confirmed today that on Sunday Pope Francis will celebrate the opening Mass of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

“On Sunday, October 5, 2014, XXVII Ordinary Time, at 10am, the Holy Father Francis will celebrate Mass in the Vatican Basilica on the occasion of the opening of the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops,” the Office of Liturgical Celebrations announced in a statement.

It added “only members of the Synod” will be concelebrating with the Holy Father.

The Synod on the theme of “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization” will take place in the Vatican from Sunday 5 to Sunday 19 October.

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