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

Pope Francis has spoken at the opening of the Synod of Bishops on the Family

Holy Father formally opens the family synod with Mass in St Peter’s Basilica

Doctrinal official says he ‘is happy and proud of his identity’ at press conference in Rome

The Pope reviewed his papal visit to Cuba and the US during his general audience in St Peter’s Square

The Pontiff spoke to reporters on Sunday evening during his flight home to Rome

‘Meet others where they are, not where we think they should be,’ Holy Father says at Mass in Madison Square Garden

‘This place of death became a place of life, too,’ says Holy Father

Pontiff urges world leaders to rise to grave challenges of the 21st century

History is made as Francis becomes the first pope ever to address a joint meeting of Congress