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Pope Francis prays during a visit to the Lutheran church, in Rome (AP)

The social teaching of the Church is often described as a ‘seamless garment’ and this is even more true of the sacraments

Pope Francis (CNS)

Article quoting Pope Francis by Eugenio Scalfari is ‘in no way reliable’, says Vatican spokesman

Cardinal George Pell (PA)

Synod members disagree on whether final report opens Communion to remarried on a case-by-case basis

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane arriving for a synod session (CNS)

Archbishop Mark Coleridge has called for ‘a new kind of pastoral creativity’

Archbishop Bernard Longley (Mazur/

The proposal to allow Anglican spouses of Catholics to receive Holy Communion will be discussed at the synod next week

Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois with Cardinal Peter Erdo (CNS)

Cardinal André Vingt-Trois says observers expecting shift in Church teaching ‘are going to be disappointed’

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/

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