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Pope says humility and inner renewal are essential for Christian unity

The Pope said we should bear with one another through love (CNS)

Pope Francis addressed an ecumenical group of pilgrims on Friday

Pope Emeritus says interreligious dialogue no substitute for mission

Archbishop Georg Ganswein pictured with the Pope Emeritus read the 1,800-word message aloud (PA)

Benedict XVI released a message to Rome’s Pontifical Urbanian University

Pope Francis: ‘Death penalty and life imprisonment should be abolished’

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Vatican recently eliminated life imprisonment from its own penal code.

Francis praises ‘farsightedness’ of Paul VI at beatification Mass

Pope Francis leaves St Peter's Square after the beatification Mass (AP)

Two-week extraordinary synod of bishops ends with beatification Mass

Family synod’s final report leaves controversial questions open

Francis speaks to synod participants on Saturday morning (AP)

Francis gives speech criticising extremism both in defence of tradition and pursuit of progress

Synod sends message of encouragement to families

The synod of bishops in session on Saturday morning (CNS)

‘Christ wanted his Church to be a house with doors always open to welcome everyone,’ say bishops

Archbishop Kurtz hopes synod’s final report will ‘refine and clarify’

Archbishop Kurtz is president of the American Bishops' Conference (CNS)

The president of the U.S Catholic Bishops spoke to reporters yesterday

Family synod: Mid-term report stirs controversy among bishops

The family synod in session (CNS)

Cardinal Burke accuses synod leaders of giving a distorted view of the proceedings

Family synod: Married couple ask Pope to clear up ‘confusion’ on contraception

Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois of Paris (CNS)

Brazilian couple tell synod Church should stop giving ‘contradictory advice’ on birth control

Family synod: Participants emphasise importance of ‘graduality’ in morality discussions

Pope Francis talks with Cardinal Peter Erdő at the synod (CNS)

Cardinal Erdő says immediate acceptance of teaching on artificial birth control is unrealistic