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Pope Francis talks to Bishop Fabio Fabene and Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri outside the Vatican synod hall (AP)

Francis announces new dicastery at session of the family synod

'My friend once went to Confession twice in the space of 30 minutes' (CNS)

“Mercy Works: Practical Love for the 21st Century” is a must-read

French soldiers secure St Joseph Cathedral after an attack by Seleka rebel fighters in the Central African Republic in July last year (CNS)

How can the Pope visit this troubled country safely?

'The truth of law illuminates the mercy of God' (CNS)

The Pope’s recent comment about ‘doctors of the law’ is being flung in canonists’ faces

Cardinal Gerhard Müller is part of the German language group (CNS)

The group provided detailed suggestions for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics who want to receive the sacraments

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

Sir James will write the piece for the 2017 event

The celebration in 2017 will be attended by Pope Francis

Pope John Paul I standing before the papal throne  (AP Photo)

‘He was for a poor Church long before Pope Francis,’ says campaign founder

A child, is carried out from the crowd to meet Pope Francis, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

90 per cent of American Catholics now say they view Pope Francis favourably

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier  (CNS)

Cardinal Martinez Sistach and Cardinal Wilfrid Napier say the new procedures will stop delays in cases where marriages are clearly not valid