Pope Francis is flanked by  the Archbishop of Bombay  Cardinal Oswald Gracias.  The cardinal  has said “everybody is travelling in a particular direction, basically in harmony without complete uniformity”.     Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

Pope Francis stays upbeat despite lack of pastoral agreement on gays, communion

Pope Francis waves to the faithful at the end of a Mass for the beatification of Pope Paul VI in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pontiff holds Mass to formally close Synod on the Family

Pope Francis arrives to open Vatican Synod on the Family, Vatican City, earlier this month. Wrapping up the Synod today, the Pope praised the work of the assembly despite clear differences of opinion within it. Photograph: EPA

Final document says there is no comparison between ‘God’s design’ and same sex marriage

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said an overnight change of doctrine is you say that what was wrong is now right, that is “just not on the cards”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Archbishop of Dublin says meeting marked by genuine dialogue and heated debate

The appeals court ruled that former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi was not guilty of “involvement in underage prostitution”. Photograph: EPA

Infamous ‘bunga, bunga’ parties revolved around ‘system of prostitution’

Language toned down to ‘providing for’ homosexuals in new version of controversial ‘relatio’

The daily Vatican press conference began with a statement from the Holy See, appearing to accuse the media of misinterpreting the synod’s work. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Bishops ‘surprised by stir’, suggesting the media misinterpreted synod’s document

Pope Francis said last week that bishops should speak frankly and not be afraid of upsetting him at the extraordinary synod on the family, which  is discussing marriage, gay couples, birth control and other moral issues. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Synod on the family recommends ‘welcoming homosexuals’

Archbishop Gaenswein, known to the media as ‘Gorgeous George’ because of his good looks, talked about the synod,  homosexuality, clerical sex abuse and  Benedict’s health in an interview with Chi magazine. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Private secretary to Pope Benedict says solutions ‘should not be oriented on spirit of times’

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