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Archbishop Chaput speaks with Pope Francis at the Vatican (CNS)

Archbishop Chaput spoke during a press conference today at the Vatican

Pope Francis jokes with Italian musician Salvatore Sessa in St Peter's Square (AP)

Francis tells the faithful that families bring needed values and a humanising spirit to society

Pope Francis is a serious contender for the Nobel Peace Prize (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

The winner of the prize will be announced on Friday

Archbishop Gallagher addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

There are currently 50 conflicts worldwide, despite the work of the agency

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