The news will cover the Synod on the Families which the pope has now convened in Rome.
Prior to the Second Vatican Council, no synods existed in the Church. The closest that mirrored this meeting of bishops would be a council such as that held in Trent.
These meetings act as an advisory body to the Holy Father and the participants are elected from bishops across the globe. The Pope determines the synod agenda and adds additional members to the synod at his disposal. Synods are unique in the sense that Bishops express their individual concerns on the particular matter. With so much listening happening, a decree or resolution is usually not reached, though, the Holy Father has the authority to designate this end to the synod if he chooses.
Here are five building blocks that the pope uses to describe the family:
1. The School: the family recognizes the neighbor who lives under the same roof.
2. The Hospital: the family cares for its vulnerable and sick members.
3. The Asylum: A place where the elderly find love and security. The family is a great social resource that outside establishments can never replace.
4. The Domestic Church: The family is the primary place where the faith breathes, where it lives, and where it is experienced.
5. The Factory: The family is a factory of hope, a factory of resurrection.