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‘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

Pope Francis, flanked by Cardinal Péter Erdő, arrives for the family synod's opening session (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 6, 2015

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

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