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Pope Francis opens a session of the family synod (AP/Andrew Medichini)

Far from having any hidden agenda, Francis genuinely does not know what to do about the divorced and remarried

Cardinal Reinhard Marx says the German Church is 'not just a subsidiary of Rome' (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Localism, at the expense of universalism, is a deadly poison for Catholics

Prince Charles is at the forefront  of the fight to save Christians (PA)

Inside this week’s Catholic Herald

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Not our most beloved leader

Richard III’s (alleged) killing of his nephews broke the ultimate taboo

The Prince of Wales  (PA)

Defender of the (Eastern) faith

Prince Charles has a new obsession as strong as his passions for ecology and architecture. He is refusing to stand idly by as Christians are driven out of the Middle East

Paul VI greets the faithful at the end of the Council on December 8 1965 (CNS)

It’s not Vatican II’s fault

Half of baptised Catholics never attend Mass and a third claim to have ‘no religion’. But it would be wrong to point the finger at the great ecumenical council

Dr Alveda King speaks during a 'I Have a Dream' Gospel Brunch at Willard Hotel in Washington in 2013 (PA)

St John Paul II recognised the importance of post-abortion women

Pope Francis with a newly married couple (CNS)

I had not the slightest hesitation in signing the letter, and I was grateful to the organisers for undertaking the task

Jesus enters Jerusalem, by Giotto

MAGNIFICAT: The week ahead

How to get more from MAGNIFICAT, the daily spiritual life companion

People pray during a religious education congress in LA (CNS)

A new book shows that merciful priests who don’t water down the truth are vital for the Church