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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

Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga of Bangui, right, walks with Imam Oumar Kobine Layama (Photo: CNS)

Clashes in Bangui have left dozens dead, according to the UN

Cardinal Bernardin

Catholic Leftists on the march

For good reason, commentators on the Catholic Left could hardly contain their excitement at the papal visit

Pope Francis replied to the boy's letter saying he would join him in prayer (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Francis says he will accompany the children’s pilgrimage with prayer

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his weekly general audience (CNS)

The Pope reviewed his papal visit to Cuba and the US during his general audience in St Peter’s Square