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 Cardinals and bishops attend the Mass for the closing of Extraordinary Synod held by Pope Francis at St Peter’s Square  in the Vatican City. Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Document on is part of a longer, three-year journey

Fr Gabriel Rosbotham arrives at Donegal Town Courthouse. Photograph: Jason McGarrigle Fr Gabriel Rosbotham arrives at Donegal Town Courthouse. Photograph: Jason McGarrigle

Fr Gabriel Rosbotham took Hugh Crawford to court over Co Donegal house they shared

Brian Sheehan of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network: hopes  synod’s final document “would reflect the reality” of gay people’s experience of tolerance on the part of most people in Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Glen hopes today’s final document will ‘reflect the reality’

‘The overall mood of the synod to date has been marked by a real dialogue among the bishops in an atmosphere that has been as frank and respectful as requested by Pope Francis at its opening.’ Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Opinion: Nothing suggests Pope Francis will attempt to change church teaching. What he may do is alter practices

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Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the church in Ireland was moving from a more ‘rigorous’ tradition. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin represents Irish Episcopal Conference at synod in Rome

Pope Francis talks to prelates as he arrives for a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues, at the Vatican, yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

Synod adresses issue of the effects of broken marriages on children

Cardinal points out pope does not have authority on his own to change Church teaching

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