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Pope Francis prays during the opening Mass of the family synod (AP)

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

Synod fathers attend the opening Mass in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Holy Father formally opens the family synod with Mass in St Peter’s Basilica

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

Wedding couples sit inside St Peter's Basilica (Photo: AP)

Persuading young people to opt for marriage and family cannot be achieved by loving compassion alone

Pope Francis has ruled on annulments (AP

It’s vital for women in particular that the process is not held up

Pope Francis said he did not want the faithful to be oppressed with the "darkness of doubt" (PA)

The reforms could affect thousands of Catholics worldwide

Pope Francis at last October's extraordinary synod (CNS)

Five cardinals are among the signatories to a petition organised by Catholic student association TFP Student Action

In the past Catholics didn’t think 
of marriage as a ‘vocation’ [CNS]

A great Catholic marriage revolution

Most people haven’t realised that the way Catholics speak about married life has changed dramatically. But after this October’s family synod they certainly will

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney congratulates a couple on the renewal of their wedding vows outside St Mary's Cathedral (CNS)

Archbishop Fisher made the comments at a Marriage Mass in Sydney

'There is no true substitute for marriage. It is God’s invention, after all' (Photo: CNS)

In the last of a four-part look ahead to October’s synod, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says the synod can help marriage, but not by relaxing Church rules