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Ten handy phrases for bluffing your way through the family synod

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass opening the family synod (AP)

How to sound extraordinarily well informed about the momentous gathering of bishops in Rome

John Paul II is the great hero of post-war Catholicism and his critics can shut it

Blessed John Paul II during his 1981 trip to the Philippines (Photo: CNS)

If any figure deserves to be ‘fast-tracked’ to canonisation, it is the fast-tracker himself

Is Francis trying to be all popes to all men?

Pope Francis (AP)

The Pope’s big interview is the biggest challenge yet to conservative Catholics

Come back, Richard Dawkins, all is forgiven

Richard Dawkins has been usurped by a new breed of nuanced atheists

Beware the patronising ‘new new atheists’ adopting the philosophical centre ground

Pope Francis floors the media

Pope Francis meets Argentine President Cristina Kirchner (CNS)

Attacks on the Pontiff from the press were expected but are undeserved

Forget Andrew Sullivan, follow the Church

Follow Jesus, not the Church, says Sullivan

The blogger’s programme for renewing the Church is wildly simplistic