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The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics gathering

The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics held a four-day assembly in Rome over the weekend

Pope Francis, flanked by Cardinal Péter Erdő, arrives for the family synod's opening session (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 6, 2015

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

Pope Francis arrives for the opening session of  the synod on the family (PA)

Vatican Radio translation of Pope Francis’s speech to the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops earlier today

A Swiss guard salutes Pope Francis as the Pontiff leaves at the end of Monday's synod session (AP)

Pope Francis has spoken at the opening of the Synod of Bishops on the Family

Pope Francis prays during a vigil ahead of the opening of the Synod of Bishops (PA)

As it happened: Synod opening session

Opening of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family

Pope Francis prays during the opening Mass of the family synod (AP)

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

Synod fathers attend the opening Mass in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Holy Father formally opens the family synod with Mass in St Peter’s Basilica

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Meeting ‘should not be considered a form of support of her position’

Pope Francis kisses a child during a visit to the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, in 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis has released his message for the 2016 World Day for Migrants and Refugees

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