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Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz arrives for the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops (CNS)

Archbishop Kurtz addressed the synod today

Cardinal Nichols (Photo: CNS)

Family is the most important thing in people’s lives, the cardinal said

Bishop Richard Moth (Photo: Mazur/

Bishop Moth says he is ‘extremely encouraged’ by renewed energy over reform

A nun carries a candle outside the Namugongo Shrine during the 2013 annual Uganda Martyrs' Day Ceremony (Photo: CNS)

Faithful urged to do penance and undertake charity for the poor

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban and Cardinal Chibly Langlois of Les Cayes, Haiti (Photo: CNS)

The cardinal says small group discussions are the ‘best part’ of any synod

Pope Francis greets the crowd outside the US Capitol during his visit to Washington DC (AP)

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Archbishop Chaput speaks with Pope Francis at the Vatican (CNS)

Archbishop Chaput spoke during a press conference today at the Vatican

Residents use a canoe to evacuate a home surrounded by floodwaters in Conway, South Carolina (CNS)

Authorities said at least 14 people died after flooding in the US state earlier this month

Pope Francis jokes with Italian musician Salvatore Sessa in St Peter's Square (AP)

Francis tells the faithful that families bring needed values and a humanising spirit to society

Members of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart pray in their motherhouse chapel in Fushun, China, (CNS)

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are concerned about the growing decline