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The Pope said reading the signs of the times isn't a skill exclusive to "a cultural elite" (CNS)

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

Pope Francis (Photo: CNS)

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

Pope Francis greets faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience (AP)

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

Pope Francis said when he was four he used to go food shopping with his mother (Photo: AP)

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

A tapestry showing Louis and Zelie Martin, at the canonisation (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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

Pope Francis at the meeting marking the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Synod of Bishops (AP)

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

Bishop Jude Arogundade of Ondo, Nigeria. 'Everybody wants to leave a child behind.' (Photo: CNS)

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

Prelates pray before the opening of a morning session of the Synod of Bishops (Photo: AP)

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

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban and Cardinal Chibly Langlois of Les Cayes, Haiti (Photo: CNS)

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

Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec (CNS)

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