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Soldiers of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic movement ride tanks as they withdraw from the front line outside Luhansk, Ukraine (CNS)

‘The time for cautious diplomacy is at an end,’ Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk has said

Pope Francis arrives for the opening session of  the synod on the family (PA)

Vatican Radio translation of Pope Francis’s speech to the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops earlier today

A pro-life activist holds a rosary while protesting outside City Hall in Los Angeles (CNS photo/Mario Anzuoni, Reuters)

Move comes following video describing the harvesting of fetal tissue

Palmyra, in a photo taken in 2002, before the war. Much of the city has been destroyed (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File)

Latest atrocity comes as Christian leader calls for western help

A Swiss guard salutes Pope Francis as the Pontiff leaves at the end of Monday's synod session (AP)

Pope Francis has spoken at the opening of the Synod of Bishops on the Family

Pope Francis prays during a vigil ahead of the opening of the Synod of Bishops (PA)

As it happened: Synod opening session

Opening of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family

Pope Francis blesses pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Sunday (AP)

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Synod fathers attend the opening Mass in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Holy Father formally opens the family synod with Mass in St Peter’s Basilica

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