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Ten handy phrases for bluffing your way through the family synod

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass opening the family synod (AP)

How to sound extraordinarily well informed about the momentous gathering of bishops in Rome

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The beatification Mass in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark (AP)

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The Conry affair has exposed a crisis in Church governance – over to you, Francis

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

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

Is Pope Francis purging the Curia of conservatives?

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

A post-synod Catholic Church may feel unchanged to the faithful in England and Wales

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?

The Iraqi Christian who told ISIS: ‘If you want to kill me for my faith I am prepared to die here now’

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

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

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A cardinal’s error on poverty and the free market

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

Saving Christian marriage is more pressing than the issue of Communion for the divorced and re-married

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