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'There is no true substitute for marriage. It is God’s invention, after all' (Photo: CNS)

In the last of a four-part look ahead to October’s synod, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says the synod can help marriage, but not by relaxing Church rules

Justice Anthony Kennedy: no doubt well-meaning, but hopelessly optimistic (PA)

The Church has in the past five decades stressed the importance of ideas that cluster around the phrase ‘human rights’ – in doing so, it has dug a hole for itself

Sara Pisano, left, and Danilo Spagnoli just after being married by Pope Francis in St Peter's Basilica (PA)

In the third of a four-part look ahead to October’s synod, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says upholding marriage relies on teaching people about its realities

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/catholicnews.org.uk)

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