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Cardinals Thomas Collins of Toronto and Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, Venezuela, talk as they arrive for a synod session (CNS)

Most of the synod’s 13 working groups have asked for a greater use of Scripture in the synod’s text

Pope Francis delivers a blessing as he arrives in St Peter's Square today  (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Francis made the surprise comments at today’s general audience in St Peter’s Square

Bishops and cardinals take shelter from rain as they leave the synod (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

What the synod is really all about

The question before the synod is whether people today are capable of conversion

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 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

Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference he held while en route to Italy (Tony Gentile/Pool Photo via AP)

Pope Francis ‘criticises Rome’s mayor’

Comments made on plane will increase tension ahead of Year of Mercy

Next week's synod of bishops is a crucial event for the Catholic Church (CNS)

Letters from the Synod: September 29, 2015

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

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

Syrian refugee children 
 (CNS photo/Muhammad Hamed, Reuters)

Pope Francis has also recently made available a mobile medical unit for refugees in Rome