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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

Catholics in the Philippines greet Pope Francis during his visit to the country (CNS)

A presidential official has said that same-sex marriage by Filipinos in a foreign country will not be recognised in the Philippines.

A young girl smiles as she embraces Pope Francis during an audience for families participating in the pastoral conference of the Diocese of Rome in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Francis spoke to a group of parents at the annual pastoral conference of the Diocese of Rome