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The seal protects the dignity of the person, the official said (CNS photo illustration by Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)

Church officials try to remove misconceptions about the sacrament

A previous meeting of the  the Catholic-Muslim Forum at the Vatican (CNS)

The Catholic-Muslim Forum met at the Vatican this week

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope makes comments in homily at Domus Sanctae Marthae

The papal almoner is urging parishes with large numbers of homeless people to install their own showers (Photo: PA)

Papal almoner says showers will be put into public loos in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis pauses during today's weekly general audience today (AP)

Pope Francis condemned the “absurd violence” being used against Christians

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope Francis has established a special group within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis jokes that sometimes a physical fight is better

Pope Francis (Photo: CNS)

Francis urges faithful to be vigilant every day

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow (PA)

Archbishop Tartaglia urges compassion for those ‘caught up in separation’

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