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Pope Francis arrives for the morning session of the synod on Tuesday (CNS)

In a surprise speech to the synod, Francis said the ‘Catholic doctrine on marriage has not been touched or put into question’

Newly married couples kneel as Pope Francis celebrates the marriage rite for 20 couples during a Mass in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

By the time young Catholics reach university so many are ill-equipped to relate their faith to their lives

By 2115, the priesthood may have undergone its most radical change for centuries (Mazur/

A century from now Catholics are likely to be the country’s largest Christian body. But the priesthood, the Mass and the laity may look startlingly different to today

St Peter's Square  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Corrine Barber, from Scotland, has been given a prognosis of five to twelve months to live

Cardinal Laszlo Paskai passed away on August 17 (CNS)

The cardinal led the Catholic Church in Hungary as the country moved from communism to democracy

The Very Rev Andrew McLellan has led the inquiry into the Church's handling of abuse cases in Scotland (PA)

The McLellan Commission was created in 2014 to investigate how the Scottish Church handled abuse cases

Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham during a hustings in Nottingham (PA)

Labour leadership contender has spoken about his Catholic upbringing and his current attitude to the faith

Boy Scouts from troop 172 in Chattanooga, Tennessee (PA)

The ruling does not affect decisions about leaders made by local troops

The Chapel of the Snows at McMurdo Station (Alan Light/Flickr)

Catholic Church leaves Antarctica

The declining number of people attending church services means there is no longer a need for a Catholic priest

Pope Francis shakes hands with Pastor Eugenio Bernardini during the first ever visit of a pope to a Waldensian evangelical church (PA)

Francis has become the first pope in history to visit a Waldensian evangelical church