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God’s gift of freedom means people must not be afraid to use it, the Pope said

Cardinal Oswald Gracias said that the synod was not about ‘making doctrine’

At his general audience, the Pope prayed for the intercession of ‘the pope of the family’, St John Paul II

The Vatican described the report on an Italian website as ‘seriously irresponsible’

First canonisation of a married couple takes place in St Peter’s Square on Sunday

Pontiff makes major address on 50th anniversary of the Synod of Bishops

Bishop says for couples in Africa the pain of childlessness is ‘beyond anything I can say’

Ghanaian archbishop says Church’s message of dignity for all will not change attitudes ‘overnight’

The cardinal says small group discussions are the ‘best part’ of any synod

Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau said, where possible, women should be given higher positions in the Church