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Pope Francis gestures to newlywed couples during one of his weekly audiences earlier this year (CNS)

In the second of a four-part look ahead to October’s synod, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says it is vital to stay faithful to Scripture in its entirety, not just the bits we like

Archbishops Anthony Fisher of Sydney and Blase Cupich of Chicago, centre, exchange the sign of peace during  Mass (CNS)

46 new archbishops representing 34 different countries concelebrated Mass with Francis in St Peter’s Basilica

The Dalai Lama joins rock star Patti Smith on stage at Glastonbury (PA)

The Dalai Lama praised the Pontiff during visit to the Glastonbury Festival

Pope Francis exchanges gift with Bolivian President Evo Morales during a private audience at the Vatican (CNS)

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay in July

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at St Peter's Basilica today (CNS)

Pope Francis has called on archbishops to be brave witnesses for the Church during Mass for Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Cardinals in the synod hall (CNS)

In the first of a four-part look ahead to October’s synod, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says the Church hierarchy must prove it is willing to listen to the views of everyone

Pope Francis talks with Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia (Photo: CNS)

Estimate made by organisers of the World Meeting of Families

Pope Francis with members of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Pope urges members of Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy ‘to have the courage to move away from the margins of safety’

Pope Francis said the group was 'witness to the growing understanding and appreciation of the bonds of brotherhood and reconciliation' (CNS)

Holy Father marks 50th anniversary of ecumenical group

Francis won’t allow us to take refuge in ignorance or uncertainty on the environment (CNS)

The environmental encyclical makes us squirm because it exposes our greed and recklessness with the powerful searchlight of the Gospel