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The synod heard the story of a couple who were cruelly separated but remained faithful

Through heavenly intercession the saints draw us to the saving place that is Christ

The journalist can draw solace from St Bernadette, who refused to stay silent in the face of opposition

No parent would choose the name Narcissus for their baby these days

Let’s pray that their Causes make further progress in the Year of Mercy

The great party politics trap

The Holy Father denounced many of the synod fathers as being Pharisees rather than good pastors

The cracks widen at the family synod


The past three weeks have shown there is a real fracture within the Catholic hierarchy. Can Francis find a way to lead and unite the conflicting factions?

The three-week gathering has opened up a new appreciation of family life in the Church

A sneak preview of this week’s magazine

In 1985 Cardinal Ratzinger wrote a letter that eerily addresses the questions raised at the family synod