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Pope Francis is a serious contender for the Nobel Peace Prize (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

The winner of the prize will be announced on Friday

Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois with Cardinal Peter Erdo (CNS)

Cardinal André Vingt-Trois says observers expecting shift in Church teaching ‘are going to be disappointed’

The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics gathering

The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics held a four-day assembly in Rome over the weekend

Pope Francis arrives for the opening session of  the synod on the family (PA)

Vatican Radio translation of Pope Francis’s speech to the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops earlier today

Palmyra, in a photo taken in 2002, before the war. Much of the city has been destroyed (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File)

Latest atrocity comes as Christian leader calls for western help

Pope Francis prays during a vigil ahead of the opening of the Synod of Bishops (PA)

As it happened: Synod opening session

Opening of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family

People await news of loved-ones at local fairgrounds after a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

Chris Harper-Mercer was reportedly asking victims their religion before shooting them

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

Meeting ‘should not be considered a form of support of her position’

Bishop Egan (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Bishop Egan: ‘We want to to hear from anyone who no longer identifies as Catholic’

What's inside this week's magazine?

What’s inside this week’s magazine?

A sneak preview of this week’s issue