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Alice and Jeff Heinzen arrive for the morning session of the synod (CNS)

‘Fundamental truth that marriage is a divine gift from God must be shared’, say US couple

Pope Francis meets Cardinal Filoni back in August (CNS)

‘He took to heart all the situations I spoke about,’ Cardinal Filoni says

Pope Francis with Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner earlier htis year (CNS)

The president of Argentina called him to express her sorrow following the death of his relatives in a car accident

Cardinal Filoni visits a school sheltering displaced Christians and Yazidis (AP)

Cardinal Fernando Filoni issues appeal with Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako

Iraqi refugees who have fled from the Islamic State

Cardinal sent to Iraq as an envoy says he thought the Pope ‘would like to go himself’

Pope Francis has sent an envoy to help Christians in Iraq (CNS)

Pope Francis has asked Cardinal Fernando Filoni to travel to the region to meet Christians chased from their homes by militants of the Islamic State.

Kurdish "peshmerga" troops stand guard against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of the province of Ninevah, Iraq (CNS)

Francis speaking to the ‘conscience of all people and every believer’, says Vatican spokesman

Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives for a meeting with altar servers in St Peter's Square on Tuesday Below: Pope Francis holds hands with youths during the meeting (CNS)

Pope Francis speaks German to thousands of young pilgrims in St Peter’s Square

Sister Gilbert Saliba visits Nidal Alawi, 11, of Gaza in the intensive care unit of St Joseph Hospital in Jerusalem (Photo: CNS)

Jerusalem patriarch, meanwhile, says conflict is turning Gaza into a ‘factory for extremists’

A vigil calling for the release of Fr Dall'Oglio in Beirut, Lebanon (Photo: PA)

Meeting followed a video appeal from the family