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Balloons are released as Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from his studio overlooking St Peter's Square at the Vatican (PA)

Coloured balloons were released by children accompanying Pope Francis on the last Sunday of January

Cardinal George Pell has been an outspoken critic of Cardinal Kasper's proposal (CNS)

Cardinal Pell also criticises synod’s midterm report as “tendentious” and “skewed”

Cardinal Kasper, left, and Cardinal Ravasi talk as they leave a synod session (CNS)

In audio recording Cardinal Kasper appears to dismiss views of African bishops on homosexuality

Health workers pray before entering an Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, Liberia (Photo: CNS)

The charity is training priests, imams and other leaders to raise awareness about hygiene

Cardinal Nichols arrives for the opening Mass of the family synod (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal also praises testimonies of married couples who ‘set the scene’ for synod discussions

The University of Kent chaplaincy website

University chaplaincy on mend after fire

Community will survive and ‘all is possible’, says chaplain

Archbishop Cushley (Photo: PA)

Theologian says she was left in the dark by Archbishop Cushley’s decision

Scottish voters decided to maintain the 307-year union (Photo: AP).

Bishops’ conference praises ‘passionate and sometimes partisan debate’ and encourages Catholics to engage in politics

Cardinal Nichols (PA)

Cardinal Nichols describes ISIS videos as ‘blasphemous’ in an address at Lambeth Palace