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Sara Pisano, left, and Danilo Spagnoli just after being married by Pope Francis in St Peter's Basilica (PA)

In the third of a four-part look ahead to October’s synod, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says upholding marriage relies on teaching people about its realities

Pope Francis gestures to newlywed couples during one of his weekly audiences earlier this year (CNS)

In the second of a four-part look ahead to October’s synod, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says it is vital to stay faithful to Scripture in its entirety, not just the bits we like

Bishop Mark Davies (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

In March 500 priests in Britain signed a letter urging those attending this year’s family synod to issue a ‘firm proclamation’ upholding Church teaching

Couples exchange vows at a wedding ceremony in the US (CNS)

A question of conscience

A cardinal has suggested that someone could be admitted to Communion after remarrying, if they were to avow that their first marriage was null – but marriage is a public act, not a private one

Cardinal Vincent Nichols  talks with Pope Francis as they arrive for the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops (CNS)

505 lay people have written to the Catholic Herald in support of their priests

Cardinal Vincent Nichols will participate in the Synod in October in Rome (PA)

The cardinal was responding to a letter signed by almost 500 priests

Pope Francis with a newly married couple (CNS)

I had not the slightest hesitation in signing the letter, and I was grateful to the organisers for undertaking the task

Pope Francis, cardinals and cardinal-designates pray before a meeting in the synod hall at the Vatican (CNS)

Priests says that doctrine and practice must ‘remain firmly and inseparably in harmony’

'The peace challenges what I like most about the Catholic Mass – namely, the privacy of prayer' (CNS)

How the sign of peace disturbs me

While exchanging the sign everyone gets up, shakes hands, gives hugs and sometimes kisses – I’ve even witnessed a full-blown snog

Pope Francis celebrates the Eucharist during Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome Photo:CNS

‘If you are out of communion on a matter as fundamental as the right to life, surely you have chosen to cut yourself off from the community of fellow worshippers’ says Francis Phillips