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Pope Francis celebrates the opening Mass of the family synod (AP)

‘The Church is called to carry out her mission in fidelity, truth and love,’ says Pontiff

Pope Francis leaves at the end of the vigil in St Peter's Square (AP)

‘Every family is always a light, however faint, amid the darkness of this world,’ says Holy Father

Mgr Krzysztof Charamsa and his partner Eduard, surname not given, pose for a photo as they leave a restaurant after a press conference in Rome (AP)

Doctrinal official says he ‘is happy and proud of his identity’ at press conference in Rome

Cardinals gather in the Synod Hall at the Vatican last October (CNS)

Catholics urged to pray for participants during three-week gathering in Rome

An exhibition of the Spanish Civil War, inside the Imperial War Museum in London (PA)

Pope Francis has recognised Valentin Palencia Marquina as a Servant of God

Burkina Faso coup leader Gen. Gilbert Diendere, centre (AP Photo, File)

General Gilbert Diendere, who led the short-lived military coup in Burkina Faso last month, now seeks sanctuary

Brian Friel, one of Ireland's foremost playwrights, died this morning (PA)

One of Ireland’s greatest playwrights, Friel was educated at Maynooth

Cardinal Nichols (CNS)

Cardinal Vincent Nichols urged them ‘to let the Holy Spirit fire your imaginations’

People await news of loved-ones at local fairgrounds after a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

Chris Harper-Mercer was reportedly asking victims their religion before shooting them

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Meeting ‘should not be considered a form of support of her position’