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Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, papal spokesman, with two couples attending the synod (CNS)

Several of the participants spoke to the press on Tuesday at a Vatican briefing

Cards hang at Umpqua Community College in Oregon after the recent mass shooting (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP, Pool)

‘Time to take meaningful and swift action to address violence in our society,’ he says

Benedict XVI (CNS)

The pectoral cross was stolen from the home of the US bishop on Saturday

Prime Minister David Cameron pictured in Syria last month (PA)

The Prime Minister has backed a new report by Aid to the Church in Need into the global persecution of Christians

Pope Francis sits with cardinals and bishops at the opening session of  the synod (AP)

US bishop spoke about the need to affirm Church teaching while accompanying all Catholics on the path to holiness

Archbishop Bernard Longley (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The proposal to allow Anglican spouses of Catholics to receive Holy Communion will be discussed at the synod next week

Cardinal Gerhard Müller with Pope Francis (CNS)

The German cardinal refused to confirm or deny whether he signed a letter allegedly sent to Pope Francis criticising new synod procedures

Cardinal Nichols said that every family was a light in the darkness (CNS)

The cardinal called for love which is ‘compassionate’ and ‘honest’ during synod intervention

Members of the Missionaries of Charity  (CNS)

The new rules have made it easier for single and divorced people to adopt

Pope Francis arrives for the afternoon session of the synod on Saturday (AP)

Pope Francis reportedly responded to the letter by underlining support for procedures