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Children playing football in Morovia, Liberia (PA)

Football is infamous for corruption and cheating, but it can also be a powerful force for good

The Catholic National Library contains rare 18th- and 19th-century pamphlets as well as first editions of works by writers such as Evelyn Waugh and G K Chesterton (Photo: CNS)

Catholic National Library at Farnborough to close because of a shortage of volunteers

Pope Francis smiles as he arrives to lead his general audience on Wednesday (CNS)

The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will meet at the Vatican in October

Israeli President Shimon Peres, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople planting an olive tree in the Vatican Gardens (CNS)

Pope was speaking to coalition of funding agencies coordinated by Congregation for Eastern Churches

Paul Lamb and  Jane Nicklinson, widow of Tony Nicklinson (PA)

A majority of judges felt it was better for Parliament to decide on the legality of assisted suicide

Elizabeth of Aragon, painted by Francisco de Zurbarán

The saint who distributed small gifts

St Elizabeth of Portugal (July 4) is buried in a magnificent Gothic sarcophagus in the Convent of Santa Clara in Coimbra

Daily readings: June 29 – July 5

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Elizabeth of Aragon, painted by Francisco de Zurbarán

The Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul, Acts 12:1-11; Ps 34; 2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-1; Mt 16:13-19 (Year A)

Michael Harvey, who died in agony in 1919 (CNS)

Mary Teresa Connor describes how the First World War took an unbearable toll on her close-knit Irish Catholic family

The theme of the synod will be the 'pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelisation' (PA)

Topics in working document include some of the most controversial areas of Church teaching on the family