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Pope Francis talks to journalists during the press conference (AP)

The Pontiff spoke to reporters on Sunday evening during his flight home to Rome

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna arrives at the Vatican synod hall (Photo: CNS)

The cardinal says as a child of divorced parents he knows what it is to grow up in a ‘patchwork family’

Pope Francis said he did not want the faithful to be oppressed with the "darkness of doubt" (PA)

The reforms could affect thousands of Catholics worldwide

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

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

Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury blesses Pope Francis during a private meeting at the Vatican last year  (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Luther’s criticism of Aristotle does not seem important today. Nor will today’s political fads in the future

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

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CNS)

President of bishops’ conference responds to survey that shows 60 percent of Filipinos want divorce to be legalised

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