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Bishop Kevin Doran and Bishop Liam MacDaid (Photo: Brenda Drumm CCO)

Irish bishops issue booklet on marriage ahead of referendum in six months’ time

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI (CNS)

The doomsayers are crushed

It is a testimony to the strength of the Church that most of the faithful have persevered through this era of informal official atheism

Pope Francis (CNS)

Speech delivered this morning at the conference on the ‘Complementarity of Man and Woman’

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis makes remarks in a meeting with diocesan officials and canon lawyers

Lord Sacks, the former chief rabbi of Great Britain (PA photo)

Lord Jonathan Sacks and two Anglican Bishops to attend discussions on traditional marriage

A statue of an angel stands on top of Salt Lake Temple in Utah (AP)

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Cardinal Nichols attends the family synod (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Cardinal told synod fathers that mercy must ‘be the unmistakable culture of the Church’

Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace on Sunday (CNS)

Francis spoke to 8,000 lay members of the international Schonstatt movement

An American university has carried out research into the cost of weddings and the success of marriages (AP Photo)

Money and how you spend it can be a prime source of friction in a marriage

Cardinal Nichols arrives for the opening Mass of the family synod (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal also praises testimonies of married couples who ‘set the scene’ for synod discussions