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The changes come into force today, but are they as controversial as people suggest?

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is holding its autumn assembly in Baltimore (CNS)

US bishops have issued an election-year guide addressing a broad range of issues

Pope Francis prays during a visit to the Lutheran church, in Rome (AP)

The social teaching of the Church is often described as a ‘seamless garment’ and this is even more true of the sacraments

Pope Francis talks to Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri in the Vatican synod hall (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 23

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

The family synod: 'Genuine compassion concerns action, not emotion' (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The synod fathers must be careful that they are not misled by emotions

‘I beg the synod not to deprive others 
of the true love we find in orthodoxy’ (CNS)

Why I hope the synod will give a huge boost to holy matrimony

Pope Francis greets faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience (AP)

At his general audience, the Pope prayed for the intercession of ‘the pope of the family’, St John Paul II

Pope Francis arrives for yesterday afternoon's session of the family synod (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 21

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

Pope Francis celebrates the marriage rite for 20 couples during a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica last year (CNS)

Pope Francis has made it abundantly clear that the doctrine of the indissolubility of marriage is simply not up for discussion

African synod fathers attend a meeting in Rome on Wednesday (CNS)
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Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops