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Pope Francis addresses the synod fathers (Mazur/

The Holy Father addressed the synod fathers at the end of their three-week meeting in Rome

Pope Francis with African synod fathers outside the Vatican synod hall (Mazur/

The synod fathers issued this appeal for peace at the end of the three-week family synod

Pope Francis celebrates the opening Mass of the family synod (AP)

‘The Church is called to carry out her mission in fidelity, truth and love,’ says Pontiff

Pope Francis leaves at the end of the vigil in St Peter's Square (AP)

‘Every family is always a light, however faint, amid the darkness of this world,’ says Holy Father

Pope Francis kisses the statue of the Christ Child at Midnight Mass in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

The Nativity shows ‘that God is Father and that his patient fidelity is stronger than darkness and corruption’

The synod fathers attending a session of the family synod (AP)

Synod Fathers urge faithful to ‘walk with us towards the next synod’ in 2015

Pope Francis celebrates the opening Mass for the synod in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Synods ‘are meant to better nuture and tend the Lord’s vineyard’, says Pope

Archbishop Nichols preaches at Westminster Cathedral earlier this year (Mazur)

Archbishop Vincent Nichols celebrates Mass for victims of Typhoon Haiyan

Pope recalls ‘unforgettable moment’ of Eucharistic Adoration in Hyde Park

Benedict XVI boards a flight to Rome at Lahr airport (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Benedict XVI urges German Catholics to show ‘resolute confidence’