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Pope Francis talks with Cardinal Peter Erdő at the synod (CNS)

Cardinal Erdő says immediate acceptance of teaching on artificial birth control is unrealistic

Alice and Jeff Heinzen arrive for the morning session of the synod (CNS)

‘Fundamental truth that marriage is a divine gift from God must be shared’, say US couple

A Swiss Guard salutes as Pope Francis leaves the synod (CNS)

Cardinal Erdő makes announcement during first synod session

Members of the faithful at a prayer vigil led by Pope Francis on Saturday ahead of the synod (CNS)

Priests and bishops need to help couples understand the married vocation

Bishops arrive at St Peter's on Sunday for a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis delivered homily during Mass at St Peter’s on Sunday

The synod on the family is the first since Francis’ election in March 2013 (PA)

The hard issues have been analysed inside and out, but is the Church in England and Wales ready for what comes next?

Pope Francis (AP)

The Church must show that the family is a great gift, the Vatican says

Newly married couples kneel as Pope Francis celebrates the marriage rite for 20 couples during a Mass in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday (CNS)

The Turning argues that parents who want to instil traditional values in their children can’t do so alone

Nikki Breaterman with her famly

Nikki Breaterman suffers from acute myeloid leukaemia

File photo of Pope Paul VI greeting children during Rome parish visit in 1968

Humanae Vitae upheld the sanctity of marriage despite opposition from inside and outside the Church