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An image of Christ  inside the Gift of Mercy, a shelter for homeless men in the Vatican (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)

Guests greet Holy Father ‘with joke’ after he personally insisted on visit

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope says God’s love is not reserved to those who follow the Commandments

Pope Francis leaves the Vatican synod hall with Fr Antonio Spadaro SJ yesterday (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 15, 2015

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

Pope Francis kisses and blesses Michael Keating  (Joseph Gidjunis/World Meeting of Families via AP)

A crowdfunding campaign has raised more than $100,000 for 10-year-old with cerebral palsy

Pope Francis delivers a blessing as he arrives in St Peter's Square today  (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Francis made the surprise comments at today’s general audience in St Peter’s Square

Cardinal Gerhard Müller with Pope Francis (CNS)

The German cardinal refused to confirm or deny whether he signed a letter allegedly sent to Pope Francis criticising new synod procedures

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

Pope Francis arrives for the afternoon session of the synod on Saturday (AP)

Pope Francis reportedly responded to the letter by underlining support for procedures

Pope Francis talks with Cardinals Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila and Wilfrid Napier of Durban(CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Cardinal addresses media at the end of the first week of the synod

A much loved man. But do we want him to win the prize? (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The prize has long been discredited – so Angela Merkel is the obvious choice