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

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

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

Pope Francis (AP)

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

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 meets Argentine President Cristina Kirchner (CNS)

Pope Francis floors the media

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

Follow Jesus, not the Church, says Sullivan

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