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Pope Francis visits the Parish of St Patrick’s Charity Centre in Washington

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Francis has a particular devotion to Mary as rescuer of marriages

Pope Francis arrives in a Fiat 500L on Capitol Hill in Washington DC (AP)

Pope Francis is addressing a joint session of the US Congress

The Pope talks to the Cardinals before the Synod

The Church is accused of being ‘out of touch’ in the results of a Church wide survey looking at family and married life

Pope Francis reaches from the popemobile as a child is brought to him along a parade  route Sept. 23 in Washington. (CNS photo/Alex Brandon, pool)

Sophia Cruz delivered a letter and picture to Pope Francis begging him to help her parents and others facing deportation.

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis in the Oval Office of the White House (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)

Obama’s words to the Pope ring hollow

President Obama has failed to protect religious freedoms in the US

Francis’s ‘masterful’ closing speech at last year’s synod should reassure worriers (CNS)

We have nothing to fear from the family synod

Honest, open and humble dialogue about the real issues facing God’s people is absolutely necessary

Prince Charles greets the supremely gifted James MacMillan (Photo: PA)

His Fourth is perhaps the first great symphony since the death of Shostakovich

Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople (CNS)

By strengthening the synod of bishops Pope Francis hopes to boost the chances of unity between Catholics and Orthodox Christians

Pope Francis waves as he leaves the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception after celebrating Mass and the canonisation of Junipero Serra (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope canonises Junipero Serra

The Pope said faith is alive only when shared