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A French soldier stands guard at St Joseph Cathedral in Bambari in Central African Republic (Photo: CNS)

Comboni missionary says he hopes Pope Francis will renew ‘this beautiful country drenched in blood’

Pope Francis celebrating Mass at Rome's Verano cemetery (AP)

Hundreds of people went to the cemetery to prepare their loved ones’ graves for the feast of All Souls

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumba sings the appeal (CNS)

The bishops have called for ‘courageous and imaginative political leadership’ ahead of UN conference

Pope Francis attends a session on the synod's final day (AP)

Synod fathers approve 94-paragraph report at end of three-week gathering

Cardinal Gerhard Müller is part of the German language group (CNS)

The group provided detailed suggestions for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics who want to receive the sacraments

Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago arrives for a session of the family synod (CNS)

‘If we are going to really accompany people, we have to first of all engage them,’ says Archbishop Cupich

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope says God’s love is not reserved to those who follow the Commandments

Cardinals Thomas Collins of Toronto and Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, Venezuela, talk as they arrive for a synod session (CNS)

Most of the synod’s 13 working groups have asked for a greater use of Scripture in the synod’s text

Pope Francis sits with cardinals and bishops at the opening session of  the synod (AP)

US bishop spoke about the need to affirm Church teaching while accompanying all Catholics on the path to holiness

Pope Francis arrives for the morning session of the synod on Tuesday (CNS)

In a surprise speech to the synod, Francis said the ‘Catholic doctrine on marriage has not been touched or put into question’