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The 'engine room' at the Vatican (Photo: AP)

To avoid becoming downcast it is best to heed the advice of Mgr Ronald Knox

Pope Francis, flanked by Cardinal Péter Erdő, arrives for the family synod's opening session (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 6, 2015

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Promoters believe the couple could serve as an enduring example of a holy marriage