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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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