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Prime Minister David Cameron pictured in Syria last month (PA)

The Prime Minister has backed a new report by Aid to the Church in Need into the global persecution of Christians

Bishops and cardinals take shelter from rain as they leave the synod (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

What the synod is really all about

The question before the synod is whether people today are capable of conversion

Bishops arrive at a morning session of the synod (AP)

The Church is governed by a universal series of laws – where this basic principal has been ignored, chaos and injustice have reigned

Pope Francis sits with cardinals and bishops at the opening session of  the synod (AP)

US bishop spoke about the need to affirm Church teaching while accompanying all Catholics on the path to holiness

Archbishop Bernard Longley (Mazur/

The proposal to allow Anglican spouses of Catholics to receive Holy Communion will be discussed at the synod next week

A bust of Edith Cavell in Brussels unveiled earlier this month (AP)

The First World War nurse exemplified all the qualities associated with an ideal of womanhood that’s not fashionable today

Pope Francis with Cardinal Gerhard Müller (CNS)

The German cardinal refused to confirm or deny whether he signed a letter allegedly sent to Pope Francis criticising new synod procedures

Pope Francis leads a morning session of the family synod (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 13, 2015

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Russian President Vladimir Putin (AP)

Astonishingly, the Russian Orthodox Church has backed Putin’s bombing campaign

Pope Francis celebrates the marriage rite for 20 couples during a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica last year (CNS)

Pope Francis has made it abundantly clear that the doctrine of the indissolubility of marriage is simply not up for discussion