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Bishop Kieran Conry (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

We need to find out why canon law failed to prevent this current mess from occurring

Pope Francis arrives for a week-long Lenten retreat with members of the Roman Curia in Ariccia, near Rome (Photo: CNS)

The rolling of heads is hardly a de-Ratzingerisation, but it does suggest an adjustment to the line taken by Benedict XVI and St John Paul II

The synod on the family is the first since Francis’ election in March 2013 (PA)

The hard issues have been analysed inside and out, but is the Church in England and Wales ready for what comes next?

Islamic State fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul (CNS)

John Pontifex blogs on the plight of Iraqi Christians

SSPX leader Bishop Bernard Fellay in Ecône in 2009 (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/10/14

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga (CNS)

The last six years has been a continuation of a 25-year period that has seen absolute poverty falling more rapidly than at any previous time in history

Cardinal Kasper and Cardinal Oullet hold opposing views on Communion for the dicorce and re-married (CNS)

As Mary Eberstadt points out promoting stable marriages makes sound economic sense

It's vital to have forums where Catholics can express their opinions freely (AP)

A brief guide to the vagaries of our commenting system

The T-shirt worn by one of the group of Lampedusa survivors who met the Pope (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/10/14

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church