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MAGNIFICAT: The week ahead

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Pope Francis gestures to newlywed couples during one of his weekly audiences earlier this year (CNS)

In the second of a four-part look ahead to October’s synod, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says it is vital to stay faithful to Scripture in its entirety, not just the bits we like

A detail from The Crucifixion of St Peter by Caravaggio

The good example set by the two great saints must never be underestimated

Dorothy Day, co-founder of The Catholic Worker newspaper, is depicted in a stained-glass window at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in New York (CNS)

A 75th anniversary edition of the inspirational author’s House of Hospitality has been published

Cardinals in the synod hall (CNS)

In the first of a four-part look ahead to October’s synod, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says the Church hierarchy must prove it is willing to listen to the views of everyone

The statue of Our Lady of Walsingham (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

One investigation suggests that the visionary who inspired the shrine was none other than King Harold’s wife, Edith the Fair

(CNS)

Fr Mark Drew dissects the synod’s working document

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‘Lock them up and throw away the key’ is now a staple comment of crime victims (PA)

We should all think, ‘There but for the grace of God go I’, rather more often than we do

Francis won’t allow us to take refuge in ignorance or uncertainty on the environment (CNS)

The environmental encyclical makes us squirm because it exposes our greed and recklessness with the powerful searchlight of the Gospel