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Cardinal Nichols attends the family synod (Mazur/

Cardinal told synod fathers that mercy must ‘be the unmistakable culture of the Church’

Relatives of 43 missing students celebrate Mass in Chilpancingo, Mexico (CNS)

Archdiocese of Mexico City calls for a ‘reconstruction of the country’ in response to the disappearance of 43 trainee teachers

Benedict XVI prays in front of the Shroud of Turin (CNS)

Imaging expert rejects claim shroud was used in a 14th-century re-enactment of the Resurrection

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis also says Big Bang theory and evolution do not eliminate God’s existence

A  flag with the word 'Vergogna' (disgrace) in Lampedusa after last year's disaster (AP)

Apostleship of the Sea ‘disappointed’ at Foreign Office’s position on search and rescue

John Griffin, organiser of Embrace Liverpool

Youth conference set for Liverpool

Embrace Liverpool, a major conference for young adults, will take place on November 1

Benedict XVI attends a meeting of the elderly at the Vatican in September (AP)

Pope Emeritus sends letter to the Friends of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

A young Kurdish refugee from Kobane, the Syrian town attacked by ISIS (CNS)

More than 100 representatives sign open letter that quotes from the Quran

Vatican Reform

Cardinal Nichols says family synod called faithful ‘to walk alongside people in difficult situations’

Pope Francis has praised Benedict XVI as a “great pope” as he unveiled a new sculpture of him at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences this morning