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The cathedral in Guadalajara. The Pope will visit the country next year (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Pope Francis to visit Mexico next year

The troubled country is home to second-largest Catholic population

A boy holds a holy card and rosary as students wait for Pope Francis in Harlem last month (CNS)

We need to get beyond the idea that the rosary is just for extremely pious Catholics

Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois with Cardinal Peter Erdo (CNS)

Cardinal André Vingt-Trois says observers expecting shift in Church teaching ‘are going to be disappointed’

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