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Pope Francis gestures to newlywed couples during one of his weekly audiences earlier this year (CNS)

In the second of a four-part look ahead to October’s synod, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says it is vital to stay faithful to Scripture in its entirety, not just the bits we like

Cardinals in the synod hall (CNS)

In the first of a four-part look ahead to October’s synod, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says the Church hierarchy must prove it is willing to listen to the views of everyone

The statue of Our Lady of Walsingham (Photo: Mazur/

One investigation suggests that the visionary who inspired the shrine was none other than King Harold’s wife, Edith the Fair

A detail from Hans Holbein's portrait of St Thomas More

Fisher and More lived exemplary lives and were content to be martyred for the faith

A man checks an air conditioning unit in an apartment in Chicago (AP)

Francis is right in that we need to build more ecologically

Ron Paul (PA)

The libertarian politician is also a critic of ‘big government’ which withers away of the role of the individual

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope’s encyclical will surely focus on our duties of stewardship towards Creation

Graffiti in Athens: Plato, left, and Aristotle (Photo: AP)

The community of the Church is one very good place to learn the virtues that Aristotle prescribes

Pope Francis and Cardinal Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Photo: CNS)

The new Vatican tribunal is welcome news indeed

Pope Francis greets the crowd outside Sacred Heart Cathedral in Sarajevo on Saturday during his visit to Bosnia (CNS)

As in Northern Ireland and Lebanon, power-sharing has meant power-splitting