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Pope Francis shares a word with two bishops as he arrives at a morning session of the Synod of bishops. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Madeleine Teahan and Fr Mark Drew discuss this week’s dramatic events in Rome

Pope Francis arrives for the afternoon session of the synod on Saturday (AP)

Pope Francis reportedly responded to the letter by underlining support for procedures

Pope Francis speaks during yesterday's Angelus address (AP)

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Pope Francis at last October's extraordinary synod (CNS)

Francis addresses College of Cardinals ahead of closed session in the synod hall

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis says worldly celebrations intoxicate ‘more than grappa on an empty stomach’

Cardinal-designate Edoardo Menichelli Below: and Cardinal-designate John Dew, right, with Archbishop Timothy Costelloe of Perth (CNS)

Francis refused to accept the cardinal-designate’s letter of resignation in October

The synod in session (CNS)

Read the English translation of the relatio post disceptationem

Cardinal Nichols during last night's Mass at the Church of St Alphonsus Liguori Below: More images from the ceremony (Mazur)

The church is dedicated to Saint Alphonsus, founder of the Redemptorists

Pope Francis leads opening prayer during a meeting of cardinals in the synod hall at the Vatican Below: Cardinals-designate Vincent Nichols of Westminster and Leopoldo Brenes Solorzano of Managua, Nicaragua (CNS)

Francis opens two-day meeting of the world’s cardinals at the Vatican