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A bride smiles during the joint wedding ceremony in St Peter's last month (AP)

The blogosphere has been ignited by the synod on the family

Pope Francis celebrates the opening Mass for the synod in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

The concept of gradualism is as old as Christianity itself

Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St Peter's Square today (CNS)

Pope Francis recalls his first Communion

Pope gives in to ‘temptation’ and tells personal story at general audience

Pope Francis talks with Cardinal Peter Erdő at the synod (CNS)

Cardinal Erdő says immediate acceptance of teaching on artificial birth control is unrealistic

Marie Collins, right, is a member of the papal commission (PA)

More experts also expected to be added to papal commission

Alice and Jeff Heinzen arrive for the morning session of the synod (CNS)

‘Fundamental truth that marriage is a divine gift from God must be shared’, say US couple

Pope Francis at the synod. He has spoken about the Middle East again (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Al-Qaeda group abducts Catholics on the day the Pope calls summit

Pope Francis attends the first full day of the family synod (AP)

After eight solid months of debate on Communion, Francis has shared his compelling vision for the family synod

Pope Francis (AP)

The 2015 visit to France is in addition to a trip to Strasbourg next month

Members of the faithful at a prayer vigil led by Pope Francis on Saturday ahead of the synod (CNS)

Priests and bishops need to help couples understand the married vocation