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Priest walk to distribute Communion during Easter Mass in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

The whole issue has acquired its own sense of urgency even though, on cool reflection, there is not a lot to base this on

'There is an urgent need for a full and confident articulation of the whole of the Church’s social teaching' (AP)

The willingness of US bishops to make themselves publicly unpopular is commendable and enviable

Pope Francis prays during a general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican earlier this month (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The initial effects of Mitis Iudex are now beginning to filter through into actual cases being heard before tribunals

Pope Francis (CNS)

The changes come into force today, but are they as controversial as people suggest?

Pope Francis meets with young people at the Kololo airstrip in Kampala, Uganda on Saturday (AP)

Pope Francis has spoken out about the ‘erosion of the faith’ in Germany, while showing clear support for Africa’s Church of the poor

Investigative journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi, holds a copy of Avarice, his book exposing Vatican scandals (AP)

The debate about press freedom is a distraction from the real scandal

Pope Francis prays during a visit to the Lutheran church, in Rome (AP)

The social teaching of the Church is often described as a ‘seamless garment’ and this is even more true of the sacraments

Pope Francis in St Peter's Square (AP)

The business of interpreting the Holy Father has become a full-time job for some commentators, and it is hard to see who, apart from them, benefits

Pope Francis meets heads of departments of the Roman Curia (Photo: CNS)

For a real change in thinking at the Vatican the Pope needs to replace the people who work there

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, pictured in 1987 (AP)

In 1985 Cardinal Ratzinger wrote a letter that eerily addresses the questions raised at the family synod