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An African Union soldier patrols as people prepare to be evacuated  near Bangui, Central African Republic, last year (CNS)

Pope Francis will visit Central African Republic, Kenya and Uganda in late November

Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of the synod  (AP)

The Pope referred to the conclusion of the synod on the family during his Angelus address

Pope Francis gave a powerful closing speech at the end of the three-week synod (Mazur/

The Holy Father made the remarks in his closing address at the family synod

Pope Francis addresses the synod fathers (Mazur/

The Holy Father addressed the synod fathers at the end of their three-week meeting in Rome

Pope Francis arrives at the synod hall with Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo of Ouagadougou (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 24

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

Pope Francis prays at the Synod (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Podcast: How will the synod end?


Madeleine Teahan and Fr Mark Drew discuss the final week of the Family Synod

The Pope said reading the signs of the times isn't a skill exclusive to "a cultural elite" (CNS)

God’s gift of freedom means people must not be afraid to use it, the Pope said

Pope Francis (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Oswald Gracias said that the synod was not about ‘making doctrine’

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