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Francis’s ‘masterful’ closing speech at last year’s synod should reassure worriers (CNS)

We have nothing to fear from the family synod

Honest, open and humble dialogue about the real issues facing God’s people is absolutely necessary

Divisions in the synod are more complicated than people think (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Don’t try to pigeonhole the synod fathers

You won’t be able to understand what happens at next month’s gathering if you insist on labelling everyone either a liberal or conservative

Prince Charles greets the supremely gifted James MacMillan (Photo: PA)

His Fourth is perhaps the first great symphony since the death of Shostakovich

Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople (CNS)

By strengthening the synod of bishops Pope Francis hopes to boost the chances of unity between Catholics and Orthodox Christians

Capitol Hill visitors walk in front of a statue of missionary Junipero Serra, center (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

An 18th-century Franciscan friar will be canonised in Washington tonight. But his detractors claim he was a Spanish imperialist who flogged Indian converts

Cardinal Walter Kasper (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)

The Synod’s script is atrocious

The Instrumentum Laboris is at best theologically thin and tirelessly moralistic

St. Patrick's Cathedral – ready for Pope Francis (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

The seat of New York is finally restored, after a $175m makeover

Richard Madden and Holliday Grainger star in Lady Chatterley's Lover

It’s time we laid the likes of The Go-Between and Lady Chatterley’s Lover to rest

Ibn Khaldun, shown on a Tunisian bank note

More of us should read the 14th century Islamic philosopher Ibn Khaldun

Children wave to Pope Francis as he arrives in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican for a meeting with large families in 2014 (AP)

Jennifer Fulwiler’s new book persuades us that life can be a much larger and more exciting adventure if we put ourselves in God’s hands