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'There is no true substitute for marriage. It is God’s invention, after all' (Photo: CNS)

In the last of a four-part look ahead to October’s synod, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says the synod can help marriage, but not by relaxing Church rules

Pope Francis meets Benedict XVI, at the Vatican, yesterday (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

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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

A Mass in Nebraska marks the end of the archdiocesan phase of Fr Edward Flanagan's Cause (CNS)

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Pope Francis is pictured during yesterday's Angelus address (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Francis presides at Benediction of the blessed Sacrament yesterday  (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Cardinal Walter Kasper (Photo: CNS)

The German cardinal appears to backtrack on earlier comments in interview with EWTN

Friend or foe? Pope Francis greets Cardinal Raymond Burke in the Clementine Hall (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

As the crucial family synod approaches, his critics could prove his greatest allies

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family (CNS/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters

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Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrates Mass at St Peter's Basilica (CNS/Angelo Carconi, EPA)

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