In this week’s Catholic Herald we have full coverage of the first week of the synod on the family, including a report on the opening Mass and Edward Pentin’s Vatican notebook.

Fr Andrew Pinsent explores the life of Bishop Walter de Merton, while John Duddington calls on Catholics to join the great British debate over human rights.

Elsewhere Luke Coppen interviews campaigner for solid cathechesis Daphne McLeod and Janet E Smith argues Paul VI was a revolutionary pontiff in the mould of Pope Francis.

In Arts and Books, Will Gore recommends ’71, a dark and thrilling new drama set in the Troubles, and Jack Carrigan reviews the moving memoir of a Robben Island prison officer.

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