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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

Bishops arrive at St Peter's on Sunday for a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis delivered homily during Mass at St Peter’s on Sunday

People gather at the site of an October 2 car bomb attack that killed 11 people in Baghdad (CNS)

The Pope has convened a Vatican summit on the Middle East

A prayer card promoting the canonisation cause of Father Augustus Tolton (CNS)

Cardinal George closed the investigation into the life and virtues of Father Augustus Tolton on September 29

Pope Francis poses with cardinal advisers during a meeting at the Vatican  last year (CNS)

The so-called C9 held its sixth meeting earlier this week with Pope Francis at the Vatican

Newly married couples kneel as Pope Francis celebrates the marriage rite for 20 couples during a Mass in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday (CNS)

The Turning argues that parents who want to instil traditional values in their children can’t do so alone