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Islamic State fighters in Fallujah (AP)

Bombs alone won’t defeat the terrorists; we need a hearts and minds campaign of our own

There are worse places to be (AP)

Let’s raise a Kinnie to one of the world’s most beautiful – and most Catholic – cities

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, with a group of synod auditors (CNS)

Any talk of a split between North and South is an attack on the Catholic nature of the Church

Visitors walk on the spiral staircase at the Vatican Museums (CNS)

A night to forget at Vatican Museums

Closed galleries and poor lighting make an evening trip to the Vatican Museums an uninspiring experience

The beatification of Pope Paul VI (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

If it comes to a choice between popularity and Truth, we must choose Truth every time

Let us hope that he Synod Fathers will listen carefully to the reaction that this document has elicited (CNS)

English is the world’s most important language, or are there some people in the Vatican who have not woken up to that?

Pope Francis (PA)

The report merely reflects what Italian Jesuit theologians have been saying for decades

Stt John XXIII was reputed for his love of good food (CNS)

Are there any Italian Catholics who don’t like food?

Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Nobel committee (Photo: PA)

In many ways the accolade is a sign of acceptability among the world’s great and good

Pope Francis celebrates the opening Mass for the synod in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

The concept of gradualism is as old as Christianity itself