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Cardinal Marx addresses the Pope during the German bishops’ ad limina visit (CNS)

Why popes don’t always get what they want

The friends of Francis are urging him to take a revolutionary step after the synod. But there are good reasons why he might reject their advice

Pope Francis shares a word with Bishop Bruno Forte, Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Bishop Frangiskos Papamanolis (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

What will the Pope say? His friends tell us

Francis has steadily prepared the Church for change. It’s foolish to ignore the signs

The synod fathers pray during a session of this month's family synod (AP)

The great party politics trap

The Holy Father denounced many of the synod fathers as being Pharisees rather than good pastors

The synod fathers must vote tomorrow on a controversial proposal on conscience (Mazur/

A new proposal on conscience is a frontal assault on the teachings of Veritatis Splendor, Gaudium et Spes and Cardinal Newman

Cardinal Reinhard Marx 'wants to admit the divorced and civilly remarried to Holy Communion' (AP)

If the synod ends without an official decision on Communion for the divorced and remarried then the uncertainty and acrimony will be prolonged

Bishops and cardinals take shelter from rain as they leave the synod (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

What the synod is really all about

The question before the synod is whether people today are capable of conversion

Cardinal Bernardin

Catholic Leftists on the march

For good reason, commentators on the Catholic Left could hardly contain their excitement at the papal visit

A painting of St Philip Neri adorns the retable in St Philip's Chapel at the Birmingham Oratory  (CNS /Marcin Mazur)

The saint who didn’t hunt souls

St Philip Neri was a gentle and joyful saint who had a particular gift to offer the Eternal City

Cardinal Walter Kasper (CNS)

Every time the ‘Kasper proposal’ has been rejected, Pope Francis has kept the discussion going

Karol Wojtyła in the 1960s, then Archbishop of Kraków [CNS]

Kraków, the city of the century

The historian’s eye sees here all the principal events of a century of geopolitics