In most previous synods, the mid-synod “Relatio” was so boring and unenlightening that it was generally ignored. Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Rome letter: This synod was not ignored and, for that, Francis can take credit

Light show: An interior view of the Sistine Chapel with a new LED lighting display in Vatican City. After three years’ work, a new air conditioning and air exchange system has also been installed. Photograph: EPA

High-tech lighting and air conditioning system to illuminate and preserve sacred place

Convicted Mafia boss Toto Riina’s lawyer Luca Cianferoni talks to reporters after leaving the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome yesterday. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Giorgio Napolitano denies knowledge of alleged secret ‘truce’

Pope Francis talks with Bolivia’s president Evo Morales as he meets members of the Popular Movements at the Vatican today. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

‘If I talk like this, there are those who say that the Pope is a communist’

Silvio Berlusconi: analysts will be watching the country that, three years ago, nearly single-handedly sank the euro under the media tycoon’s stewardship. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty

Stress tests identify Italy as having the biggest capital hole in the euro zone’s banking system

Italian sister Cristina Scuccia holding her prize after winning the The Voice of Italy in Milan in June. Photograph: Matteo Bazzi/EPA

Singer posts Instagram image of herself and Sr Cristina Scuccia under banner ‘Sisters for Life’

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

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