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Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois of Paris (CNS)

Brazilian couple tell synod Church should stop giving ‘contradictory advice’ on birth control

Pope Francis celebrates the opening Mass for the synod in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

The concept of gradualism is as old as Christianity itself

Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St Peter's Square today (CNS)

Pope Francis recalls his first Communion

Pope gives in to ‘temptation’ and tells personal story at general audience

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow (PA)

Archbishop Tartaglia urges compassion for those ‘caught up in separation’

Marie Collins, right, is a member of the papal commission (PA)

More experts also expected to be added to papal commission

Alice and Jeff Heinzen arrive for the morning session of the synod (CNS)

‘Fundamental truth that marriage is a divine gift from God must be shared’, say US couple

Pope Francis arrives for the afternoon session of the family synod today (PA)

Married couple Ron and Mavis Pirola address opening day of synod on family

A Swiss Guard salutes as Pope Francis leaves the synod (CNS)

Cardinal Erdő makes announcement during first synod session

Members of the faithful at a prayer vigil led by Pope Francis on Saturday ahead of the synod (CNS)

Priests and bishops need to help couples understand the married vocation

Pope Francis arrives at the synod hall for the first session of the family synod  (PA) Below: Video via RomeReports.com

Pope Francis addresses the first session of the family synod