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Bishops arrive at a morning session of last October's synod (PA)

An extract from a new e-book by Edward Pentin is required reading ahead of the upcoming synod on the family

Pope Francis waves after his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

In championing environmental causes the Pope must not allow himself to be seen as someone against industrialisation

Pope Francis wants to help people stuck by the process (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Pope wishes to speed up annulments, but not compromise doctrine

Is internet pornography changing the way people behave? (AP)

A disturbing report into child abuse asks some serious questions about what young people are being taught

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Once more we see the way something moves from being optional to being compulsory

The spectacular Room 50a at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

No one who visits the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Room 50A will leave thinking the Middle Ages were backward

Pope Francis listens to a confession in St Peter's Basilica (PA)

What is immediately interesting about the Pope’s letter ahead of the Year of Mercy is the old-fashioned nature of his concerns

Austrian police examine a truck that contained the bodies of 71 migrants (AP)

We risk making the same mistake as those who shut their doors to Jews fleeing persecution

The No campaign will not be the exclusive preserve of Right-wing figures such as Nigel Farage (AP)

That’s why I will be voting for Britain to stay in the European Union

The church of Don Bosco in the Cinecittà, Rome

Canon Law makes it clear that funerals should be refused to ‘manifest sinners to whom a Church funeral could not be granted without public scandal to the faithful’