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Pope Francis arrives at the synod hall for the first session of the family synod  (PA) Below: Video via RomeReports.com

Pope Francis addresses the first session of the family synod

Pope Francis celebrates the opening Mass for the synod in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Synods ‘are meant to better nuture and tend the Lord’s vineyard’, says Pope

Fr Benedict Groeschel appears on EWTN (CNS)

Founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal dies aged 81

A detail of the Vision of St Bruno by José de Ribera

St Bruno (October 6) maintained a quiet desire for solitude throughout his life

Cardinal Nichols during last night's Mass at the Church of St Alphonsus Liguori Below: More images from the ceremony (Mazur)

The church is dedicated to Saint Alphonsus, founder of the Redemptorists

Pope Francis (AP)

The Church must show that the family is a great gift, the Vatican says

Bishop John Arnold  (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Bishop John Arnold will succeed Bishop Terence Brain

Bishop Kieran Conry  (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Bishop Conry resigned after admitting to a six-year affair

Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong (CNS)

Cardinal John Tong Hon says he is praying ‘for the reconciliation of the conflicting parties’

Bishop Kieran Conry (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Bishop says he felt ‘very calm’ after issuing statement on Saturday