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Editors: Contents of Origins CNS Documentary Service, Vol. 44, No. 22 (Oct. 30, 2014):

-- Pope Francis beatifies Pope Paul VI, creator of the Synod of Bishops, at a Mass closing the extraordinary session of the synod on the family.

-- The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family issues a message of solidarity with Christian families.

-- Pope Francis says the frank discussion and lively debate that marked the Synod of Bishops on the family should have "never been seen as a source of confusion and discord" but as a sign of trust in the Holy Spirit, the true promoter and guarantor of the church's unity and harmony.

-- Violent conflict, land grabs in developing nations and the impact of climate change make up a disastrous triumvirate that threatens the food security of millions around the world, says Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa.

-- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says the federal government needs to reconsider new rules it issued in August to allow religious institutions to opt out of the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act.


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