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Cardinal Kasper (Photo: CNS)

The cardinal says he hopes the synod would find a ‘common answer, with a large majority’

Blessed Louis and Marie Zelie Guerin Martin, the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux (CNS)

The canonisation ceremony for Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin is expected to take place during October’s synod

Women mourn loved ones who died in a Boko Haram church bombing in 2012 (CNS)

In a letter to the bishops of Nigeria, Francis says he prays for the country every day

A Pakistani Christian mourns as people gather at a church attacked by a suicide bomber (PA)

14 people were killed and least 78 people were injured in suicide bomb attacks on two churches in Pakistan

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (AP/Gregorio Borgia)

Cardinal Gerhard Müller says bishops ‘have the obligation to prevent’ abuse

Pope Francis hears a Confession during a penitential liturgy in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

The Pope says people should leave the confessional ‘with happiness in their hearts and faces radiating hope’

Pope Francis during an encounter with the elderly in September (CNS)

Francis says it is ‘easy to put our consciences to sleep’ and not visit parents for months at a time

Blessed Louis and Marie Zélie Guerin Martin, the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux  (CNS photo/courtesy of Sanctuary of Lisieux)

Relics of Blessed Louis and Blessed Zélie Martin are to tour Portsmouth and Plymouth in May

Pope Francis celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass at  Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome (Photo: CNS)

Francis says crying will make Lenten journey ‘more authentic and without hypocrisy’

Pope Francis kisses a baby during this week's audience (CNS)

Francis gives message ahead of World Youth Day