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Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich-Freising, president of the German bishops' conference, shakes hands with Bishop Lucas Van Looy of Ghent, Belgium, as they leave a session of the Synod of Bishop (Photo: CNS)

If the whole Church embraced the synod process it would mark the ‘end of judging’, says Bishop of Ghent

The Pope said reading the signs of the times isn't a skill exclusive to "a cultural elite" (CNS)

God’s gift of freedom means people must not be afraid to use it, the Pope said

Pope Francis (AP)

The Pope compared the efforts of athletes with Christians striving to get to heaven

Cardinal Vincent Nichols talks with Pope Francis at the extraordinary Synod of Bishops last year (CNS)

Cardinal Nichols says the gathering has helped ‘break open’ the Church’s Eurocentrism

The Sagrada Familia, designed by architect Antoni Gaudí (AP)

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Pope Francis (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Oswald Gracias said that the synod was not about ‘making doctrine’

Pope Francis talks to Bishop Fabio Fabene and Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri outside the Vatican synod hall (AP)

Francis announces new dicastery at session of the family synod

A Nepalese woman weeps during a prayer service at the Church of the Assumption, the site of a bomb explosion which killed two and wounded 15 in 2009. (AP Photo/Binod Joshi)

Fears grow among Christians in Nepal

Concern about security is growing following the bombing of three churches

Durham University's University College at Durham Castle

The collection contains 70,000 volumes of books of Catholic interest

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will visit Italy next month (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Reports: Iranian leader to visit Vatican

Hassan Rouhani will visit Pope Francis next month according to a report by Reuters