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Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian bishops' conference, talks with a married couple as they leave the opening session of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican in October (CNS)

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco spoke out as the Italian Senate prepares to vote on a bill recognising civil unions

Pope Francis - not the radical he is made out to be  (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Francis delivered a speech which was remarkable for its continuity with St John Paul II and Benedict XVI

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis met with members of the Roman Rota on Friday

Couples listen to the homily during a mass wedding for the poor at St Alphonsus Mary de Ligouri Church in Makati City, Philippines (CNS)

The ceremony at St Alphonsus Mary de Ligouri Church was part of the the Philippine bishops’ Year of the Poor

Pope Francis (CNS)

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