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A family prays together before a meal at their Chicago home (CNS)

The office will be responsible ‘for the promotion of the life and apostolate of the lay faithful and the pastoral care of the family’

Teenagers play cards in St Peter's Square as they wait for the arrival of Pope Francis to celebrate a Mass for the Youth Jubilee (AP)

The Pope said pastors do not have a monopoly on finding solutions to contemporary problems

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope has written a message to mark the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity

Pope Francis prays at the Synod (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Podcast: How will the synod end?


Madeleine Teahan and Fr Mark Drew discuss the final week of the Family Synod

Pope Benedict was an example to priests in showing how the Mass can be gloriously celebrated (PA: Photo)

We owe him our deepest gratitude. His visit was as great a success as that of John Paul II in 1982

The Popemobile goes through the crowds at Hyde Park (Photo: PA)

And, in some ways, Catholics in Britain have already risen to the challenge