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Pope offers condolences to families of three murdered Israeli teens

Israelis pray on the road where the three murdered teenagers were abducted (PA)

Vatican spokesman calls the killings ‘terrible and dramatic’

Family synod: proposals to come in 2015

Pope Francis smiles as he arrives to lead his general audience on Wednesday (CNS)

The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will meet at the Vatican in October

Pope points to St John the Baptist as model for evangelising

Pope Francis (CNS) Below: Video of Pope Francis on John the Baptist (RomeReports)

John the Baptist knew his role was ‘to prepare people for an encounter with the Lord,” says Francis

Vatican theologians: don’t confuse sensus fidelium with majority opinion

Vatican theologians say bishops must discern the sensus fidei (AP)

International Theological Commission says Church leaders must pay heed to ‘sense of the faithful’

Persecution of Christians worse than in early Church, says Francis

Pope Francis says he is pained that Christians suffer so much discrimination (CNS)

Pope Francis says there are more martyrs today than in pre-Constantine days

Pope on Corpus Christi: Jesus in the Eucharist gives life, love

Pope Francis elevates Eucharist during Corpus Christi Mass (CNS)

The Pope celebrated the evening Mass outside the Basilica of St John Lateran

Pope offers prayers for refugees during general audience

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to lead his general audience in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Pope Francis reminded the faithful that Jesus was a refugee

Pope: Supporting missions leads to ‘flood of joy’

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope encourages Christians to be passionate for “the proclamation of the joy of the Gospel” in message for World Mission Sunday

Stop showing ‘contempt’ for Gypsies, urges Pope Francis

A Gypsy child at St Paul Outside the Walls Basilica, in Rome (AP)

Gypsies are called ‘to contribute to the common good’, says Pontiff

Pope: Half-hearted Catholics aren’t really Catholics at all

Jesus doesn't want the Church to be rigid, Pope Francis has said (CNS)

Pope Francis has criticised Catholics who only have ‘one foot in the door’