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Pope Francis reads a speech during a meeting with catechists  in the Paul VI hall (CNS)

Pope Francis outlined three important points for catechists in an address on Friday

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst  (PA)

Bishop Tebartz-van Elst was accused of extravagance for building a £12.5 million diocesan centre

John Paul II was elected in 1978 and will be canonised next year

Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be canonised on April 27 2014

Man walks along battered street in Homs, Syria

In a letter released by ACN, Father Frans van der Lugt wrote about the desperate situation in Homs

Pope Francis issued his first excommunication since become Pope in March (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Australian priest had continued to act publicly as a priest after having priestly facilities removed

Ukrainian Catholic leader Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk (CNS)

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk says EU is ‘like a teenager … who needs a Christian education’

The saint’s relics are carried out of Westminster Cathedral in 2009 (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The saint who was known as The Little Flower

St Thérèse of Lisieux (October 1) was born into a pious family in Alençon in 1873

Twenty-sixth Sunday of the Year, Amos 6:1, 4-7; Ps 146; 1 Tim 6:11-16; Lk 16:19-31 (Year C)

Cheng waited until his 80s to publish his first novel

The 83-year-old first-time novelist was inspired by his escape from the Japanese occupation

Daily readings: September 29 – October 5

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms