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Pope Francis at the meeting marking the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Synod of Bishops (AP)

Pontiff makes major address on 50th anniversary of the Synod of Bishops

Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago arrives for a session of the family synod (CNS)

‘If we are going to really accompany people, we have to first of all engage them,’ says Archbishop Cupich

An image of Christ  inside the Gift of Mercy, a shelter for homeless men in the Vatican (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)

Guests greet Holy Father ‘with joke’ after he personally insisted on visit

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers in Bethlehem, West Bank (Photo: CNS)

Bishop Shomali says it is painful to see violence return to Jerusalem

The synod is not divided into camps (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Cardinal says the synod fathers ‘are all on the same page, if [on] different paragraphs’

Mourners commemorate the Christian martyrs inside the Virgin Mary Church in the village of el-Aour, near Minya (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

The church will commemorate 21 men beheaded on a Libyan beach

Bishop Jude Arogundade of Ondo, Nigeria. 'Everybody wants to leave a child behind.' (Photo: CNS)

Bishop says for couples in Africa the pain of childlessness is ‘beyond anything I can say’

An icon of the 21 Coptic martyrs of Libya by artist Tony Rezk

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MSPs gather at Holyrood (Photo: PA)

Abortion law to be devolved to Scotland

David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, says he cannot see a ‘convincing reason’ against devolution

Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal says process can only be shortened with the explicit consent of both parties