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Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane arriving for a synod session (CNS)

Archbishop Mark Coleridge has called for ‘a new kind of pastoral creativity’

Bishop Peter Doyle (Mazur/

Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton discussed the synod in an interview with Vatican Radio

Anthony and Catherine Witczak and others leaving a synod session (CNS)

Several lay couples addressed the synod, highlighting various issues facing families around the world

Cardinal Reinhard Marx 'wants to admit the divorced and civilly remarried to Holy Communion' (AP)

If the synod ends without an official decision on Communion for the divorced and remarried then the uncertainty and acrimony will be prolonged

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

The Gift of Mercy, a shelter for homeless men (CNS)

Housed in a Jesuit-owned building, the Gift of Mercy shelter was created by funds from the papal almoner

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the US (CNS)

Pope Francis has recently spoken out about the Catholic Church’s teaching against capital punishment.

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 arrive at a morning session of the synod (AP)

The Church is governed by a universal series of laws – where this basic principal has been ignored, chaos and injustice have reigned

Pope Francis sits with cardinals and bishops at the opening session of  the synod (AP)

US bishop spoke about the need to affirm Church teaching while accompanying all Catholics on the path to holiness