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Pope Francis's nominations for the synod have been revealed (CNS)

Cardinal Walter Kasper and retired Cardinal Godfried Danneels are among Pope Francis’s nominations

Bishops arrive at a morning session of last October's synod (PA)

An extract from a new e-book by Edward Pentin is required reading ahead of the upcoming synod on the family

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 at last October's extraordinary synod (CNS)

Five cardinals are among the signatories to a petition organised by Catholic student association TFP Student Action

La Civilta Cattolica published an interview last week with Cardinal Cottier (CNS)

Cardinal Georges Cottier has called for a merciful approach ahead of the family synod

Julie Burchill has written movingly about the death of her son

A moving article by Julie Burchill highlights the importance of supporting those who have suffered tragic loss

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he makes his way to the main altar in the popemobile to celebrate Mass at Samanes Park (PA)

The Pope has celebrated Mass in Los Samanes Park in Ecuador during the first leg of his tour of Latin America

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

Cardinals in the synod hall (CNS)

In the first of a four-part look ahead to October’s synod, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says the Church hierarchy must prove it is willing to listen to the views of everyone

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis reflected on the hurt family members can cause each other in his latest general audience talk