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The ‘media synod’ has eclipsed the real one

'Pope Francis concluded his final address by quoting his immediate predecessor extensively' (CNS)

The main thrust of the synod’s message and final report was ignored by the secular media

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The Pope celebrates Mass at Verano cemetery last November (AP)

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The Explainer: who is Archbishop Bruno Forte?

Archbishop Bruno Forte speaks to Cardinal Péter Erdő at the synod (CNS)

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The post-Synod debate must not help foster a North-South divide

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, with a group of synod auditors (CNS)

Any talk of a split between North and South is an attack on the Catholic nature of the Church

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Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako, centre, at the family synod (CNS)

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Russia has experienced a spiritual resurrection

The end of Communism was extremely stressful, but Russians are finding their faith again (AP)

A quarter century after the Communist nightmare ended, it is the East where Christianity is rising again

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Pope Francis waves as he leaves the general audience (AP)

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A night to forget at Vatican Museums

Visitors walk on the spiral staircase at the Vatican Museums (CNS)

Closed galleries and poor lighting make an evening trip to the Vatican Museums an uninspiring experience

St John Paul II was a radical, not a reactionary

St John Paul II appears following his election in 1978

On St John Paul II’s first feast day, we pick out piece from our archives that asks, how will history judge the Polish Pope?

Catholic Herald View: It’s too early to write off the synod as a failure

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After an ugly and jarring fortnight, the synod fathers are now back on course