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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’

A Swiss guard salutes Pope Francis as the Pontiff leaves at the end of Monday's synod session (AP)

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

Synod fathers attend the opening Mass in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

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

Mgr Krzysztof Charamsa and his partner Eduard, surname not given, pose for a photo as they leave a restaurant after a press conference in Rome (AP)

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

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his weekly general audience (CNS)

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

Pope Francis talks to journalists during the press conference (AP)

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

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Madison Square Garden in New York (CNS)

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

Pope Francis speaks during an inter-religious gathering at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York (AP)

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

Pope Francis addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York (AP)

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